SOME FILMS is a month-long series of four programs looking at the different ways sound and vision collide to tell stories about the rhythm of film, the life of the artist, the world of the recording studio, and a life lived on stage.
The series name, SOME FILMS, acknowledges that the work of discovery, ingestion, analysis, synthesis, and creation is never complete. It's also a nod to the fantastic 1978 album by The Rolling Stones.
Each program will consist of brief opening remarks by series curator Adam Sonderberg, followed by short selections, a main feature, and a space at the end for reflection and discussion.
Amongst numerous other things, Adam Sonderberg is one third of the performing and recording trio Haptic, former co-director of the Dropp Ensemble, and curator of Longbox Recordings (1994-2007). He has contributed music, art direction, and/or production assistance to over three-dozen recordings, as well as worked with dance companies and film archives to provide both live and pre-recorded musical accompaniment for a variety of projects.
His audio and written work has been published by numerous imprints including, Entr'acte (UK/BE), and/OAR (US), Compost and Height (UK), Tonschacht (DE), Cathnor (UK), and Suppedaneum (US).
Program I: The Sound of Vision
We look at the work of a filmmaker who composed images with a sense of musicality (Stan Brakhage); a composer who investigated filmmaking (John Cage); and an artist who made a career of both (Phill Niblock).
by John Cage & Henning Lohner
1992, digital projection, 90 min
With a short by Stan Brakhage and an excerpt from work by Phil Niblock
Program II: Portraits of the Artist
Two contrasting portraits of musician-artists in Switzerland (Voice Crack) and the United States (Charles Mingus). What are the tools needed to do the work? Do environmental factors play a part? What should be the role, if any, of institutions in supporting the artist?
Mingus in Greenwich Village
by Thomas Reichman
1968, digital projection, 58 min
Kick That Habit
by Peter Liechti
1989, digital projection, 45 min
Program III: Studio
Home recording technology and web-driven sharing and distribution networks have dramatically reduced the necessity of the professional recording studio, much less traditional music publishing outlets. This program features a documentary about a bygone era of studio-based music production, as well as shorts highlighting the evolution and democratization of studio tools.
The Golden Ring
by Humphrey Burton (for the BBC)
1965, digital projection, 90 min
Various short clips featuring Guided By Voices and DJ Q, ~8 min
Program IV: Stage
Live performance can take on many guises: on a stage, alone in a room in front of a camera, during the space in between songs, even as a critique of the act itself. Tonight, we'll have a look at an example of each, with special focus on the in between moments.
Elvis on Tour
by Robert Abel & Pierre Adidge
1972, digital video, 90 min
Various short clips featuring Moor Mother, Kiss, and Public Image Limited, ~9 min