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When:

Tue 22 Jul 2008, 6:15pm–10:30pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $14.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: pippalot

The 40th Auckland International Film Festival presents The FPS – LIVE CINEMA EVENT!

A cinematic mix of alchemist animation, flowering chemical explosions, and half a dozen drum kits. Kaleidoscopic commentary, floating film screens and dreams of ancient deteriorated celluloid.

FPS is Auckland’s premier showcase for New Zealand’s finest live film and music makers, where is the screen has no limits and anything can happen.

2008’s Live Cinema program pays tribute to past pioneers of the expanded cinema movement as well as bolstering contemporary explorers.

FPS gives filmmakers full right to explode the parameters of possibility and continue expanding the rich history of creative innovation and imaginative transformation that is Cinema.

Witness the unpacking of "cinema" from its box and the reassembling of it into limitless formations of light and sound.

Curated by Sam Hamilton and Eve Gordon

EARLY EXPERIMENTAL FILMS

Harry Smith (US) and live soundtrack by Audible < 3
16mm and live music – 23mins

Harry Smith was one of America's premier visionary film-making alchemists who's extravagant abstract films merged the realms of art and magic. Smith used his eccentric views of reality and art to create complex direct-on-film animations not dissimilar to his New Zealand predecessor Len Lye. Smith always insisted his films where made for contemporary music so we are pleased to present the films with a live improvised soundtrack by experimental music purveyors Audible < 3.

Audible 3 music is deconstructed, filtered and reconstructed but far from abstract, the trio’s music abounds with user-friendly concrete sound, absorbing pulses and humble tones woven into an organic and subtly narrated continuum.

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"Segments" - An Inflated Screen Event

Lou Cohen (US) – 7mins
Bi-directional video projection and balloons
How often does one get to watch a film projected onto and through 150 balloons?

Animation and sound, produced by rewiring the base language of computers, will be projected from both ends of the room to catch the balloons as the audience throws them in the air.

Lou Cohen is both composer and animator of "Segments" (2005). In his 80's now, he has composed music since the age of 12, studied under John Cage and had his DIY computer experiments screened worldwide.

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Not Yet - Soon

Video and concept by Adrian Hall (UK, Aromoana),
Live Performers and Video Projection
Notation: J.S.Bach, - Tocata &Fugue in D Minor, Europe 1707.
Played by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra 1940, U.S.
Visually interpreted by Hollywood animators in around 1943, U.S.

Sonically reinterpreted by Joan and Robbie - wearing earmuffs, on electric bass and drums, and visually documented by Hector Hazard at the DPAG 2008, S. Island, N.Z., 2008. To be re-developed further by Auckland drummers under direction by Chris O’Connor, N. Island, N.Z. in July. - 9:30mins

Having studied, taught and exhibited from Belfast to the US since the 50's, Adrian Hall creates innovative and witty re-contextualisations of materials from vacuum cleaners to badges. “Not Yet – Soon” is a pranksters interpretation of the first 9 minutes of Disney's classic Fantasia, where the conductor explains how the film is intended to work. Hall has filmed Dunedin musicians performing with Fantasia, in front of which a band of percussionist will perform.

Chris O'Connor is everywhere. He's in demand for his creativity, enthusiasm and spontaneity, and also for a particular gift: he knows instinctively what attitude to bring to each gig. For Fantasia, Chris brings a band of lively drummers together to improvise along with the Robbie Yeats (Dead C) soundtrack.

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'goldgrid'

Kim Pieters (Dunedin)
Video installation

Kim Pieters is an abstract painter with a long history of commitment to photography, improvisational film and music.

Presented in the foyer of the Academy, her work has a dreamlike quality which will envelope the space.

Goldgrid is part of her continuing inquiry into chance, the trace and notions of the sublime.

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Dirt Room Tomographic

Alex MacKinnon and Oliver Van Der Lugt.
Video installation

A short stop-frame animation of an old accounts book found in a hollowed out dirt room beneath the None Gallery in Dunedin. One of many giant receipts books that The New Zealand Drug Company left to decompose in this subterranean archive for the past 70 years.

The patterns of mould and decay develop and diminish as each page is revealed.

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Blue Tide, Black Water

Eve Gordon and Sam Hamilton
35mm film. 9mins

Amid an ocean of wax one might chance upon a garden of flowering chemicals, where filmmakers Sam Hamilton and Eve Gordon circumnavigate microscopic reactions to create their first epic on 35mm.

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PLUS!!! Deteriorated ancient 8mm films at intermission

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