Mirrored Curtains: The Films and Videos of Lori Felker
Sunday October 21, 2012, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Mirrored Curtains: The Films and Videos of Lori Felker
Lori Felker in person from Chicago!
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Lori Felker's films and videos relish the idiosyncrasies of science fiction, public access television, and tourism as gateways to a better understanding of human behavior. These structures turn her experimental/experiential approaches into dark, self-reflective comedies that take us next to nowhere. Once referred to as a "zen prankster", Felker attempts to locate and stand upon the middle ground between polar opposites and dance between the surface and the subconscious.
THIS IS MY SHOW, 2009, HD, 15min
"Working with Nature" can be grueling and painful, but your hostess Adrienne Edmunds is ready and willing to walk you through what it takes to perfect and control your surroundings. Adrienne brings you the very best in high quality, high definition gardening television, as she takes all of the necessary tools into her own hands for your edification and enjoyment.
Mere Mystery, 2010, 16mm (or HD video), 12min
On the trail of Tall Tales, on a tour of an American treasure, on the path of an area once inhabited by people we don't know, people we've never met, on a land complete with gift shops, parking lots, and sky rides, at the foot of a tree that predates and outlasts all of this, we now insert ourselves into a fog of layers.
ZWISCHEN, 2006, 2 minutes, 16mm
Zwischen ("Between") exists on the thin line between opposing forces. There is no grey between black and white, as Zwischen jumps from earth to space, mixes matter with air, and materializes inspiration at the insistence of the hand. Dirt moves over light to a hand-drawn soundtrack of noise and space.
Imperceptihole, 2010, 16mm (or HD video), 14min (made with Robert Todd)
A correspondence film: rolls of high contrast black and white film were sent back and forth in the mail over the course of a year until the film began to reveal itself as a science non-fiction fairy tale, a speculative quest - circling and searching, falling and landing, entering and exiting - to recapture elisions in light caught within and between seasons, states, planes and worlds.
THE MIRRORED CURTAIN, 2011, HD, 10.5min
"Let's See It" on this brand new episode of "Take Me There". Experience the duality of a singular location anywhere and all over the world, where there's always something to see and almost everything to imagine. This is a travel show, marking an adventure to a place, a non-space, an unnamed border.
The Mennonite Federation, 2012, 16mm (or HD video), made with Robert Todd & Craig Webster, 4.5 minutes
Radius: 3.3 miles. Timespan: 349 years. Trying to locate myself in space-time. Subspace Communicators are scrambled due to relocation, progress and...the warp. Is this real space? When am I?"
I OWN A CAROUSEL, 2011, Super 8 (or HD video), 7min
I own a carousel. I keep it indoors, in the dark. There are no eyes to see it, no children to ride it. I own the size, presence and weight of it. I own the stress, the power and the idea of it. I did not make it, I do not enjoy it, I own it.
Across & Down, 2012, Super 8/16mm to HD, 18min, experimental documentary
Across & Down is a document of a place as perceived by way of collection, participation, randomness, rigid frame-works, pieces and wholes. In September of 2009, I traveled to Uganda to be the cinematographer for a documentary at a primary school, but had brought some of my own equipment so that I could make a more personal record of my trip. I wandered around, collecting samples from a place that was new to me, tracing the outlines of a vibrant tapestry, digging into the ground with my lens, sometimes attracting an audience (turn crew), always invited into visually stunning locations and situations. This film represents 6 in-camera edited rolls of film, interwoven with the text, macro-images and found poetry of Ugandan crossword puzzles. The use of language and "the frame" help to comment on the simultaneous simplicity, complexity and serendipity of perceiving and acting in a new place. It's a testament to one's inability to fill in all of the blanks, make singular statements, and truly "capture" anything.
Total running time: 81 minutes
Lori Felker chose Filmmaking as her official second language in 2003-ish, bumping German into third place. Eventual fluency is important to her, so she employs many forms/formats, practices frequently with others, and tries hard not to shy away from expressing her thoughts on human behavior, participation, frustration, failure, in-eloquence and political irritants.
Lori has many lives to live simultaneously. They currently live, make films/videos, teach, project, program, and compulsively collaborate in Chicago. Currently faculty and staff at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 2007) and the Festival Coordinator for the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Her work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival; NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde; VideoEx, Zurich; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival, Portugal; Wexner Center for the Arts; MassArt Film Society; MuHKA_media, Belgium; Boston Underground Film Festival; Video Fest, Dallas; Florida Experimental Film Festival; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh. She is an Illinois Arts Council Artists Grant recipient, a Wexner Center Artist in Residence, an Experimental Sound Studio Artist in Residence and a Fulbright Fellow (Berlin 2000).
Filmforum's screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Metabolic Studio. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Oct 28 David Gatten
Nov 4 Rose Lowder
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