USA, 2002–15, 90 min
Comic book heroes, pulp fiction protagonists, 1960s imagery meet and mingle with Ancient Gods, Film Noir, Sci-Fi, Leonard Cohen, the ghosts of Mad Men, and Douglas Sirk melodramas in Lewis Klahr’s mesmerizingly melancholic, 12-chapter, collage feature, Sixty Six.
Made over a period of twelve years, Sixty Six represents both time and space (the iconic Route 66). Throughout the film, sad, broken and lonely characters fecklessly roam the mental and physical roads of past and present urban landscapes desperately in search of something, a connection, or maybe a chance to grab that last moment before everything collapsed? (Chris Robinson)
Lewis Klahr will be in attendance during the festival.
Héros des bandes dessinées, protagonistes de la
littérature de gare, images des années 1960 qui se mêlent avec les anciens
dieux, Film Noir, Sci-Fi, Leonard Cohen, les fantômes de Mad Men et les
mélodrames de Douglas Sirk sont toutes des choses qu'on peut trouver dans les
douze, hypnotisant mélancolique, chapitres du collage long métrage de Lewis
Klahr, Sixty Six.
Créé pendant une période de douze ans, Sixty
Six représente temps et espace (l'emblématique Route 66). Tout au long du film,
des personnages tristes, brisés et solitaires errent sans scrupule sur les
routes mentales et physiques des paysages urbains du passé et du présent.
Désespérément, ils sont à la recherche de quelque chose, d'une connexion ou
d'une chance de saisir ce dernier moment avant que tout s'effondre. (Chris Robinson)
Lewis Klahr sera présent pendant le festival.
"Let the dreams you have forgotten equal the value of what you do not know."
--Andre Breton and Paul Eluard, "The Original Judgement"
Sixty Six began as a three minute, 16mm film I created in 2002-- a pop poetic filled with the lush palette of Daylight Noir and primary color abstraction. For some undefined reason, I never took this little conjuring to the printing stage but would instead occasionally screen it publically as tape-spliced workprint. In June of 2012, I felt compelled to finally complete this short. I decided to re-create it, shot for shot, in digital video, which in the intervening decade had replaced 16mm as my format of choice. But a surprising thing happened as I transposed some of the original shots into video, the piece kept expanding as new images and materials spontaneouly folded in.
Sixty Six kept growing throughout 2013 until it was clear to me that I was creating a 12 episode, feature length series. My 2009 film "Lethe", became the concluding and climactic film of the series, as it had pioneered the mythopoetic splice of 1960's imagery with Greek Mythology that came to define Sixty Six as a whole. Unlike my previous work in series, I was thinking of many of the invididual films more as chapters than stand alones. Also many had shorter durations (2-5 minutes) than I usually worked in. As the overall structure defined itself, so did the tonal range, which includes a diverse variety of approaches. It's a pop associational mindscape where texture and eternal time are the favored intoxicants as vividly colored 60's comic book figures thread their way through iconic photographic settings that are often B&W and often of mid twentieth century Los Angeles.
-- Lewis Klahr
|Thursday, September 27 11am
|Saturday, September 29 5pm