Saturday, June 28, 2014
Echo Park Film Center
New Works Salon XXII
This program is supported in part by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts & the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Yellow & Turquoise
(2014) video, 21 minutes
The first piece of a five part film titled Color/d. The film examines the subject of social and physical dependence through four different story lines. Through the use of stop-motion animation, dialogue and narrative, Yellow and Turquoise produces a complex network of images and interactions about personal experience.
(2014) video, 5.5 minutes
Lessons are commercials advertising the various lessons Syms has learned from the tradition.
(2014) Super 8, 2.5 minutes commissioned by Echo Park Film Center
On screen a man gestures to describe the various parts of a hardcover book, while a woman recounts the books that have changed her life in Jacques Prévert’s poetic style.
(2014) 16mm, 17.5 minutes
A visual and aural field guide to paranormal activities on the island nation of Trinidad told through the voices of one family.
Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song
(2014) 16mm, 30 minutes
This film maps the filmmaker’s maternal grandmother Louise’s move into a senior citizen building and traces the dismantling and inheritance of her life’s collections. The tale transitions from great love stories in World War II, followed by the next generation involved in inter-racial marriage, then leading to the child of Jewish and Native American mixed heritage who walks a fine line blending cultures to establish her identity. As her mother says in the film, this is how the world is changing. Conversation Pieces: A Swan Song fluidly tells the story of one family’s transitions throughout the generations from the perspective of the women.