As part of 21c’s ongoing commitment to working with the local arts community to provide cultural programming that is free and open to the public, 21c Lexington invites you to our new monthly film series in partnership with the Lexington Film League. This month’s event features a selection of films. Local filmmaker Nick Warner will speak following the screenings.
About the Lexington Film League Showcase
The Lexington Film League Showcase at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington will present monthly programs that reflect the richness and diversity of contemporary film and video practice in the region and the world. The programs will include new works made by young artists, important works made by living artists, and historical works made by marginalized artists. The programs will include works made in different media, including single-channel films and videos, as well as performances. The programs will also include works that reference different genres, including abstract, non-narrative, documentary, and fictional works. The primary focus of the Showcase will be to introduce Lexington audiences to important film and video works that are not currently available in the area. The ultimate goal of the Showcase is to promote Lexington and 21c as a venue for artistic film and video work.
Derek Lamb, Housemoving (1968); 16mm, b/w, sound, 8 minutes.
A stop motion documentary about moving an old Massachusetts farm house from Arlington to Belmont. The house is sawn in half, trucked to its new location, and reassembled.
Ben Russell, Terra Incognita (2002); 16mm, color, sound, 10 minutes.
“A pinhole film, a cheap robot voice, a makeshift history. An explorer’s tale of the unknown part of the world. Terra Incognita is a lensless film whose cloudy pinhole images create a memory of history. Ancient and modern explorer texts of Easter Island are garbled together by a computer narrator, resulting in a forever repeating narrative of discovery, colonialism, loss and departure.” Ben Russell
Astria Suparak, Twelve (2001); 16mm, color, silent, 3 minutes.
A single, unedited roll of 16mm color reversal film shot in Brooklyn, New York.
Chun-Hui Tony Wu, More Intimacy (1999); 16mm, color, silent, 8 minutes.
“In 1998, [Wu] created his remarkable s8 film ‘More Intimacy’ by quite literally taping found footage of bodies in intimate embraces directly in contact with unexposed plus-x reversal film which he exposed with a photo enlarger and later hand-processed.” Janis Crystal Lipzin, “A Materialist Film Practice in the Digital Age,” Millennium Film Journal (2012).
Jennifer Reeves, Color Neutral (2014); 16mm color, sound, 3 minutes.
“A color explosion sparkles, bubbles and fractures in this hand-crafted 16mm film. Reeves utilized an array of mediums and directonfilm techniques to create this boisterous, psychedelic morsel of cinema as material. Reeves’ soundtrack mixes samples from rusty, dusty old machines, records and electric waves to suggest an aural passage through technological progress.” Jennifer Reeves
Jodie Mack, Curses (2016); video, color, sound, 5 minutes.
“Made entirely by hand from cut marbled paper, this odyssey of remnants reimagines a dreamsequence love. Video for ROOMMATE: roommatemusic.com” Jodie Mack
Jourdan Rahschulte, Body Roll (2016); video, color, sound, 1 minute.
Joshua Gen Solondz, luna e santur (2016); video, color, sound, 3 minutes.
“A short 3Dish film commissioned by Ben Coonley for the ‘My First 3D Part 2’ show at Microscope Gallery in 2015. I soon expanded this into a larger project of hooded figures, violent passion, and stroboscopic tenderness brought on by a paranormal encounter I had in the summer of 2015.” Joshua Gen Solondz
Nick Warner, Mandala (2016); video, color, sound, 2 minutes.
“A short film about taking pause, collectively changing our rituals and choosing unity.” Nick Warner
Alison S.M. Kobayashi, From Alex to Alex (2006); video, color, sound, 6 minutes.
“In the fall of 2003 I found a letter on the Winston Churchill Blvd QEW overpass. It was labeled From: Alex To: Alex. This is a film based on the contents of that letter.” Alison S.M. Kobayashi
Jessica Bardsley & Penny Lane, The Commoners (2009); video, color, sound, 13 minutes.
“In 1890, one man had the idea to collect every bird ever mentioned in Shakespeare and release them into Central Park. The only bird to survive in the New World was the European Starling, now one of the commonest birds in America. Its introduction is widely considered a major environmental disaster. The Commoners is a moving image essay about starlings, poetry, and the purist rhetoric used to describe ‘invasive species.’ It is also about the paths people forge through history, intentionally or not, as they attempt to change the natural world.” Jessica Bardsley & Penny Lane