Sunday, November 18, 2012
Doors: 6:00 pm / Screening: 7:00 pm / Party: 8:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Cash bar.
In conjunction with her exhibition Desert – Performed, artist Rosa Barba curates an exclusive selection of short films and videos.
The 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) concludes with a party at CAM. Enjoy complimentary Stella Artois as KDHX DJ Rob Levy of Juxtaposition spins music and SLIFF announces the audience-choice and juried-competition awards. For a full schedule of events and screenings visit the Cinema St. Louis website.
Outwardly from Earth’s Center
Dir. Rosa Barba
2007, Germany / Sweden, video, color, stereo, 22 mins.
Outwardly from Earth’s Center is a fictitious narrative about a society on an unstable piece of land that is in danger of disappearance. The situation requires the population’s collective initiative in order to secure individual survival and to allow the society to remain. The concept’s background is somewhat realistic since Sandön moves approximately one meter per year. The fictitious reports from experts strengthens the surrealistic atmosphere that creepily offsets the experience of what is first considered a beautiful documentary, and second a more abstract, absurd picture of a people’s struggle and vulnerability. (Video Data Bank)
Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Prologue
Dir. Leslie Thornton
2008, United States, video, B&W, mono, English, 20 mins.
Peggy And Fred In Hell is one of the strangest cinematic artifacts of the last 20 years, revealing the abuses of history and innocence in the face of catastrophe, as it chronicles two small children journeying through a post-apocalyptic landscape to create their own world. Breaking genre restrictions, Thornton uses improvisation, planted quotes, archival footage and formless timeframes to confront the viewer’s preconceptions of cause and effect. (Video Data Bank)
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
Dir. Werner Herzog
1974, Germany, 16mm on video, color, mono, German / English, 45 mins.
Known in Germany as ski-flyers, this documentary by filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the Swiss ski-jumping champion Walter Steiner, whose full-time occupation is carpentry, yet his skills in ski-jumping effortlessly broke all of the sport’s records. Herzog blends ultra-slow motion footage of Steiner and other ski-flyers in flight, while combining moments of horrific crashes to the snow covered ground. A soundtrack of a guitar score by the German group Popol Vuh (led by longtime Herzog collaborator Florian Fricke) compliments the poetic motion of the film.