'American Falls' with Q&A [The Experiment]
One night screening of experimental filmmaker Philip Solomon's 'American Falls' which explores the aspirations and struggles that lie at the heart of the American Dream. Part of the ongoing series 'The Experiment' at the Maysles Cinema.
Hosted by Jessica Betz, former assistant of Philip Solomon who performed a great deal of the chemical, optical and installation work on American Falls. Jessica will also be present for a Q&A following the screening.
Philip Solomon, 2010, 55 min.
"American Falls is a single-channel triptych adaptation of a 55-minute, six-channel, 5.1-surround installation commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It was inspired by a trip that I took to the capital at the invitation of the Corcoran in 1999, where I first encountered Frederick Church's great painting Niagara; took note of a multichannel video installation being projected onto the walls of the Corcoran rotunda; and went on walking tours of various monuments to the "fallen" throughout the DC area. The architecture of the rotunda in the vicinity of Niagara invited me to muse on creating an all-enveloping, manmade "falls", re-imagined as a WPA/Diego Rivera cine-mural, where the mediated images of the American Dream that I had been absorbing since childhood would flow together into the river with the roaring turbulence of America's failures to sustain the myths and ideals so deeply embedded in the received iconography." - Philip Solomon
"Should anyone imagine that the art of alchemy died with the Middle Ages, Phil Solomon's American Falls testifies to the contrary: both to the possibilities of photographic and digital transformation and to the magical emanations of their fusion....More than any other independent film or video I can think of from the past decade, American Falls invokes the specter of a nation whose present unraveling is all too rooted in its history. How sad it is to realize that Solomon's masterwork, painstakingly crafted over thousands of hours, cannot hope to reach as many people as the lamest television commercial. Anyone still touched by the poetic viability of the avant-garde should not miss this opportunity to see it." - Tony Pipolo, Art Forum
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The Experiment is a quarterly series at the Maysles Cinema examining the common ground between documentary and experimental/avant-garde modes of cinema. Curated by Lorenzo Gattorna and Peter Buntaine.
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