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Robert Schaller: Film as / for Music as / for Film
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Robert Schaller: Film as / for Music as / for Film

Sunday April 2, 2017, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Robert Schaller: Film as / for Music as / for Film
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
LA premieres! Robert Schaller & cellist Pierre Derycz in person

For more than twenty years, Robert Schaller has been making films that are fundamentally concerned with two essential aspects of filmmaking: the materiality of the film medium itself, and the creation of "visual music" through applying the formal structures of music to filmmaking.  His approach is based on the fact that film, consisting merely of a transparent strip of plastic that can be held in the hand and seen with an unaided eye, is accessible to the artist in a direct and tactile way (which, incidentally, more technologically advanced media cannot support).  He has been a pioneer in re-envisioning the industrial model of celluloid filmmaking into an embodied human-scale practice for the individual artist who seeks greater control of the means of artistic production.  His is an anti-consumer world of filmmaking in which this work of creating and re-conceiving the materials, tools, and methods of the medium on a personal non-industrial scale is as essential to the art as are the images light casts on a screen after passing through it.

His current projects center around making silver emulsion and hand-coating it onto film, then shooting it in an imprecise handmade pinhole camera of his own design.  He shoots according to precisely composed camera scores to visually constellate the world around him into elegant and often elusive visual forms.  This evening's show features the integration of film projection of these and other works with live classical chamber music (written by himself and other collaborating composers).

Schaller lives in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado, where he founded and runs the Handmade Film Institute.  More of his films and writings can be seen at www.robertschaller.org, or at www.handmadefilm.org.

Cellist Pierre Derycz is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with bachelors degrees in both cello performance and composition. He currently holds the position of Principal Cellist with the YMF Debut Chamber Orchestra, for which he concurrently serves as Orchestra Manager
and Librarian.

Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Tickets available at or at the door
For more event information: www.lafilmforum.org, or 323-377-7238
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the citys longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2017 is our 42nd year.

Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.
Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org.
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


Film > Movies
Film > Premiers
Music > Experimental

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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