Tuesday, April 24

Psychohydrography at Maysles

What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, April 24
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Featured Screening: Psychohydrography at Maysles Cinema

This evening is the penultimate screening of Maysles Cinema‘s Street Views series co-curated by Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus. Peter Bo Rappmund‘s Psychohydrography shows at 7:30 pm followed by a discussion with artist Sarah Oppenheimer and architects Wes Rosen and Uri Wegman.

Psychohydrography is a cinematic travelogue along the 51-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River from its origins at the Sierra Nevada to its estuary at Long Beach Harbor. The hour long movie is composed of a string of static frames abstracting the variously natural and man-shaped landscapes into a kind of meditative visual poetry accompanied by a running, abruptly-shifting soundtrack of modified found sounds. (View an exemplary clip here.) As Nick Pinkerton describes in the Village Voice, “Rappmund reveals wavering alternate universes within reflections, lapidary glitter and spectrogram patterns on viscous water, arid landscapes striated by California haze, and the lurid colors of industry by night. In one indelible, contemplative frame, rutted mud is shot to resemble a mountain range above a sea-like puddle, which gradually shades with the pink of dawn, as a bothersome fly’s buzz and a turbine rev fill the soundtrack.” And Michael Joshua Rowin in Artforum: “When Psychohydrography ends … we realize we’ve experienced the journey of an artist who wishes to show the inherent conflicts of our man-made universe while remaking it himself.”

Street Views concludes tomorrow evening with Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Abendland, described as “a panorama of the nocturnal life of contemporary Europe … where everyone’s lives are mediated by technology.”

Also Noted

Today is the final day of Pablo Larraín‘s Post Mortem run at Film Forum. The Tony Manero director’s strange, morbid comedy unfolds around a coroner whose life is shaken by the events of the 1973 Chilean coup. Take a peek here. The new 35mm restoration of Busby Berkeley‘s The Gang’s All Here, also on view at FF, ends Thursday.

Also on limited run right now is Jean Gentil, a faintly-fictionalized chronicle of a Haitian immigrant searching for work in the Dominican Republic. Here’s a trailer.

Michael Moore is in attendance for a screening of his for-better-or-worse classic Roger & Me at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Also tonight is the first in a series of events and discussions about videogames entrenched in language like transmedia, convergence, immersive entertainment and so on. What these words further obscure is most of these events are only in the most self-delusional capacity about the future of storytelling, but rather much more accurately about exalting and propagating insidious new ways of reaching, tracking and marketing to consumers (often aided by grating portmanteaus). Case in point: tonight, a discussion of Totally “Amp’d” (emphasis mine), a “hybrid between a web series and an app” comprising “10-appisodes” aimed at the “underserved tween mobile entertainment market.” I don’t know, this is like the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosting an animation panel discussion with Joe Camel. Right? I doubt Totally Amp’d causes cancer (exposure to mobile phones, particularly at a developing age, is another question), but it definitely seems like something that will make kids fucking lame. Is this progress?


Tribeca Film Festival
Full Listings

Images from the Edge: Classic & Contemporary Icelandic Cinema at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Jar City (Baltasar Kormákur). Details. 2006. 93 min. 2:00 pm.
  • White Whales (Friðrik Thór Friðriksson). Details. DCP. 1987. 73 min. 8:45 pm.

Street Views at Maysles Cinema
Series Details

  • Psychohydrography (Peter Bo Rappmund). Q&A follows. 2010. 62 min. 7:30 pm.

NYWIFT: Price Check (Michael Walker) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Producer Dorothy Hall in attendance. 2012. 7:00 pm.
Moonlighter Presents
 at The Clocktower Gallery. Details. Speakers include film professor Jonah Corne. 6:00 pm.
StoryForum at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. 7:00 pm. FREE.
Roger & Me (Michael Moore) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. 35mm. 1989. 91 min. 8:00 pm.
Breasts (Thom Powers) at IFC CenterDetails. 1997. 60 min. 8:00 pm.
Star Spangled to Death Part 2/4 (Ken Jacobs) at SpectacleDetails. 1957-2004. 8:00 pm.


Jean Gentil (Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 2010. 84 min. 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
The Devil, Probably 
(Robert Bresson) at BAMCinématekDetails. 35mm. 1977. 95 min. 4:30 and 9:15 pm.
Post Mortem (Pablo Larraín) at Film ForumDetails. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1943. 103 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.



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