“And don’t go telling me it’s some kind of a popsicle!”
Marion Eaton | Melinda McDowell | George Kuchar
Curt McDowell | 1975
KELLY SPIVEY [Make Them Jump, 2009] Super 8 & 16 mm.
Make Them Jump was optically printed from found footage of animals with children, with subliminal messages… an experimental film that uses snippets from discarded educational films including a bullfrog-jumping contest, a story of a child in a Harlem project who finds an abandoned duck, and a girl whose best friend is a cow. Repetition, time and sound manipulation, and not least of all – humor, all reside within the film frames of this project.
Inspired by the Rachel Carson quote: “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility,” the film digs frame-by-re-photographed-frame for the underlying, yet now tenuous beauty in nature and our awkward, yet increasingly poignant relationship with animals.
the miraculous and the monstrous are dual forces that conspire
Phototheque imaginaire de Shūji Terayama, les gens de la famille Chien Dieu
Man Ray film stills, from Experimental Cinema by David Curtis, 1971
Man Ray, L’Etoile de Mer & Fernand Leger, Ballet Mecanique, from Experimental Cinema
Hold Me While I’m Naked (stills), dir. George Kuchar, 1966
Stan Brakhage’s - Dante Quartet (1987) Music added by M.P. Surber. I’m not sure if the composer realizes this or not, but Brakhage was pretty adamant about his films being “silent”. He felt the images themselves produced a naturally enjoyed internal rhythm inside the viewer’s experience.
Still, one of my favorites of Stan’s work. This period of his work centered around hand-painting each frame. Once Brakhage contracted cancer in the 90’s he attributed the cause of the disease to carcinogenic elements found in the pigments he was using. #takingabulletforyourmuse