Luther Price: Poetry of the Found
Sunday April 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Luther Price: Poetry of the Found
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
Luther Price in person!
Filmforum is really happy to host Luther Price one of three shows he is doing in Los Angeles. He's one of the pre-eminent artist filmmakers of the past thirty years, but I've seen almost none of his work. That's because he brings the only copies and screens them in person, and that's it. No DVD screeners, no Vimeo links. Sure, he can send you a print to include in a group show, but that hasn't happened much. He hasn't been in L.A. for at least a decade, and this time he's here for three completely different shows, showing his amazing meditations on life and film. If you like artist's cinema, you want to be at one or more of these programs.
What will be at the Filmforum screening? Here's what Luther says:
"All of the films we will screen deal with found footagethis batch is from mid 2000in 2003, i decided to work completely with found footage, leaving behind what was turning into an auto biographical night marei stopped shooting filmfound footage became a way for me to still talk about issuesbut not destroy me i could remove myself enough........with out a direct relationshipit would also open me to something beyond my own conflictsand gain a wider perspective ....... before that, ......most of my thoughts and films were about my familycancer hit my familyin 1996by 2001 .....i lost my sister , father , then , motherbut during this time, i made a series of films about all of thatit was a very depressing time in my lifeafter my mother died in 2001.....i stopped writing in my journal and put down my camerai was tired of making cancer films abut my familyi knew if I picked up a camera ,...it would just go on and oni thought go in to a candy store and film candyclownscute animalsanything but canceranything but my family
"In 2003 , i decided to move forward a pick things up againand try to keep my own personal past behind mei didn't want to stop making film but the path i was on was very unhealthybut at the same time , i felt i still needed to explore pain and hurtand human contentbut remove myself enoughso i could still feel but not be consumed with found footage ,...i could do that and move onand perhaps instead of always seeing the bleakfind something wonderful open my eyes and take life inthere will always be painbut there is so much beauty tooeven more so when we realize how fragile life isand that life and it's moments become the key to who we areit's all we have.....just a memory of a life we left behind.luther"
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Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
SINGING BISCUITS (2006, 16mm, optical sound, 4 min.)
Part of a series of 9 films (2004 2009)(there should be 4 more films to followperhaps they might come this yearat least , one). I came across 13 prints of a 1970's documentary on black americans in their old age and nursing homesthese 13 prints were in varied condition I archived and looped sectionsin rhythmic repetitionsound and image playing togetherto form a locked time capsule unforgivingand poetic at the same time.'' the biscuits''might be a reminder to our selves that youth is oncewith each second of each daywe get olderand in our western culture ,...we seem not to pay mind nor respect to the elderlythey our just left behind left for the dustand so,...history repeatsand culture and stories are lostUnforgiven
FANCY (2006, 16mm, optical sound, 10 min.)
Found footagerather graphic filmon human fleshbut i see it as a rhythmic dance of flesh and repairi dissected the film, in moments of slight action, with a band aid of clear leaderto create a constant persistent patternrelentless the sound track from the original film was delt with by scraping the optical track.........as if i was playing an instrumentthe way my fingers moved along with the razor blade along the optical track , would dictate the soundlong streaksripped and gougedalong with the re construction of image pattern and constant memory flow backsuggesta terminalrelent.
URF16 (2006, 16mm, optical sound, 5 min.)
Part of a series of films / chaptersstill a work in processfound / dis regarded footage''slug''35mm film....slit and tossed for fillernone filmbut i fell in love with it the mis- registration of the frame line , as 35 mm film going through a 16mm projectorrelentsimage to eye and how we think goes someplace elseturbulentas well the image from the 35mm film...leaks to the optical trackso the image then reads as soundvery nicei love itimage making sound
INSIDE VELVET K (2006, 16mm, optical sound, 8 min.)
I consider this an apocalyptic post cardthis film shows my love of editingand how i put my films together. The films are all originalsand the importance of craft for them to screenthe film is a dream of escape from turmoil, but suggesting some sort of ultimate end.
POP TAKES (2013, 16mm, optical sound, 6 min.)
Fun for a change and a dream of fun...when we might just move forwardI'm being optimistici want and need that. Pop Takes is my way of saying get over what ever it wasand move on and shake your ass while you are doing it
DIPPING SAUCE (2005, 16mm, optical sound, 8 min.)
A .black and whiteseductive love fantasytube socks and math
THE MONGREL SISTER (2007, optical sound, 10 min.)
A book end to ''inside velvet k''in this case, being humanmight play some worth for survival
DEAF FOR CHICKEN LIP (2006, 16mm, optical sound, 12 min.)
I explore the confusion of deaf versus hearingand play upon that hopefully with out ever insulting the deafI'm just trying to make the hearing see something as well
Luther Price is an experimental filmmaker, sculpture and performance artist whose work has been widely screened in the United States and Europe at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The ICA Boston, The Wexner Center, The San Francisco Cinematheque, The Toronto International Film Festival and the Oberhausen Film Festival. His work was featured prominently in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Roberta Smith of the New York Times called him "one of the Biennial's stars." His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in San Francisco, The Film-Makers' Cooperative in New York, and Light Cone in Paris. He is represented by Callicoon Fine Arts.
Luther Price is doing two different screenings while in Los Angeles,
Saturday April 5 at the Echo Park Film Center:
Monday April 7 at REDCAT: Body and Flesh: The Tactile Cinema of Luther Price
A nice portrait of Luther Price from the Whitney Biennial in 2012:
And a written portrait of Luther's works by Andrew Lampert:
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 the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
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