Maintenance by Adele Horne
Sunday September 22, 2013, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Maintenance by Adele Horne
Los Angeles Premiere!
Filmmaker Adele Horne in person!
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
Filmmaker Adele Horne returns to Filmforum with the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, the superb documentary Maintenance. The winner of the Grand Prize of the Images Festival in April, Maintenance provides an intimate reckoning of cleaning house, perhaps a film in dialogue with Hartmut Bitomsky's Dust (2007) and Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine's Koolhaas Houselife (2008), but to a different end.
Directed by Adele Horne (2012, HD, stereo, 91 min)
Cleaning house is one of the most private things we do in our homes, other than sex and arguments. We often feel shameful about clutter and dirt, so there is something particularly intimate about the act of cleaning it up. Although the product of a clean home is socially valued, the work required to achieve it is not. House cleaning exists on the shadow side of the economy, on the margins or outside of paid employment. It is an additional, uncounted form of labor that enables our roles as paid workers and consumers. This film invites viewers to meditate on the ongoing maintenance work that makes other, more highly valued, work possible.
MAINTENANCE contains fifteen portraits of people cleaning house. In most cases, they are cleaning their own homes. The film's subjects represent a wide cross-section of the population of Los Angeles. In one or more fixed, long-duration shots, the film observes each person engaged in cleaning. We hear the ambient scrubbing, sweeping, and sloshing of their labor, and sometimes other sounds: their conversations with family members or friends who are working alongside them, or the music they listen to as they work. At the end of each person's portrait, the ambient sound continues, and the image is replaced on screen by text in which the person reflects on their practices regarding cleaning.
MAINTENANCE won the grand prize of the Images Festival (the Images Prize) in April 2013. Adele Horne's films and videos have screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art's Documentary Fortnight, the Flaherty Film Seminar, Images Festival, Courtisane Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, L'Alternativa, 25 FPS Festival, Impakt Festival, Los Angeles FilmForum, Athens International Film Festival, FLEX Festival, Anthology Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco Cinematheque, Film Arts Foundation, PDX Film Festival, Morelia International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Mix Festival, Women in the Director's Chair, and Mad Cat Women's Film and Video Festival. Her feature-length documentary The Tailenders was broadcast nationally on POV and won Film Independent's "Axium Truer than Fiction Award" in the 2007 Spirit Awards. Her films have been reviewed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Velvet Light Trap, and Millenium Film Journal. Adele Horne is on the faculty of the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts.
2010 And Again
2008 15 Experiments on Peripheral Vision
2008 Quiero Ver
2008 The Image World
2006 The Tailenders
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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