The Experiment: "Whistling Jim's Film" & "Falling Out"
For the finale of The Experiment: Serials, attention turns towards the programmers of the series as their own cinematic works with serial designs will be presented showcasing sentiments of familial estrangement and eventual resolve experienced across personal paths and generational divides.
Whistling Jim's Film
Peter Buntaine, 2012, 16mm/video, b/w & color, sound, 30m
'What began as an investigation into my family's oral history became a portrait of my grandmother recalling her deceased father, known as Whistling Jim, near the end of her own life. Whistling Jim was an author, poet, baseball announcer and most famously a street performer who lived in Little Rock at the turn of the century. He died there in 1912, beaten to death in a mental hospital, but not before self-publishing a book detailing his experiences in the asylum. This film alternates between present and remembered tenses, with moments of recollection with my grandmother interspersed with images of Whistling Jim in the asylum, embodied and as imagined by me, his great-grandson.' Peter Buntaine
Lorenzo Gattorna, 2012, 16mm-to-video, b/w & color, silent (Part One), sound (Part Two), 20m
'Falling Out is an autobiographical, avant-garde film that captures the seamless distancing and ambiguous determination of a father and son over the course of several seasons. Part One sways between scenes of shared experiences and temporal passages revealing the fragility and fortitude of the relationship. The duality of natural destinations and personal belongings heightens biological and sentimental resonance residing in this familial portrait. Part One is presented as a diptych projection to further reflect the presence of a father and son, the mindsets affected by the conflicts endured.
Part Two follows as the tranquil aftermath to the tumultuous atmosphere foregrounded in Part One. The characters take into account a landscape once adorned with private residences that now, due to drastic flooding, only provides views of a pastoral terrain. Superimposed over the stark contrasts of highlight and shade defining this abandoned area are scenes of the two traversing locales in southern Vermont recently subjected to severe storms. This confluence of conflict and camaraderie calls into question the demonstration of a familial revival. The bond amongst the father and son strays just as intensely as it returns home. Falling Out manifested out of a need for resolution and remains a therapeutic response to the turbulence and triumph of family.' Lorenzo Gattorna
Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Ave.
New York City, NY 10027
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