TO ITS LOGICAL CONCLUSION: Films on Decay, Debris, and Demolition
Filmmakers Jason Byrne and Laska Jimsen in person!
Films by Jason Byrne, Laska Jimsen, and Vanessa Renwick look at decay, debris, demolition, memory, time, and change. Featuring Christmas tree processing, Chinese propaganda footage, incredible ocean vistas, the implosion of a cooling tower, and more!
Implicit in the reality of decay, debris, and demolition is the idea of what came before, what no longer exists, and what now only lives in memory and experience. Our encounters with landscapes, buildings, and objects are deeply subjective and vividly personal, but the connective potential of those experiences and the inherent poignancy their ephemerality brings, are perhaps uniquely suited to motion pictures as a vehicle of expression. This program features five works which look at decay and demolition, transformation and transubstantiation, as emobided in the landscapes and spaces that surround us.
Los Angeles Filmforum has for some time been eager to screen Jason Byrne's remarkable SCRAP VESSEL, in which the filmmaker's journey on a freighter destined for the scrapheap becomes an exploration of space which collapses history, time, and memory in a beautifully rendered, multilayered, audiovisual portrait. Screening with SCRAP VESSEL is Laska Jimsen's sharp, strangely touching examination of a Christmas tree processing facility, BEAVER CREEK YARD, and Vanessa Renwick's trio of PORTRAIT films, which examine three different structures in the Pacific Northwest that represent a varied, open-ended conflict within their surroundings.
BEAVER CREEK YARD Laska Jimsen
2013, digital, color, sound, 5:30
PORTRAIT #1: CASCADIA TERMINAL Vanessa Renwick
2005, digital (shot on 16mm), color, sound, 5:45
PORTRAIT #2: TROJAN Vanessa Renwick
2006, digital (shot on 35mm), color, sound, 5:00
PORTRAIT #3: HOUSE OF SOUND Vanessa Renwick
2009, digital (shot on 35mm), b/w, sound, 11:20
SCRAP VESSEL Jason Byrne
2009, digital (shot on 16mm & video), b/w & color, sound, 51:00
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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