Helga Fanderl: Serendipities, Program 2
Helga Fanderl: Serendipities, Program 2
For Peter Hutton
Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 7:30pm
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Helga Fanderl in person from Germany! All Los Angeles premieres!
With more than 1,000 remarkable films in her oeuvre, Berlin-based filmmaker Helga Fanderl makes a long-overdue first-time visit to Los Angeles to present two personally curated programs of her exquisite Super 8mm films at Los Angeles Filmforum.
The sheer quantity of Fanderl’s filmography directly parallels the depth and focus of her practice as well as her tirelessly keen eye for the intrinsic poetry of the everyday world around her and her own subjectivity within it. As she gathers, forms, and ultimately shares her subtly powerful and purposefully silent cinematic refrains, one has the feeling of being given a treasured glimpse into a secret, jewel-like world of profoundly personal vision, marked by gorgeous, intuitive camera work, a painterly sensibility, and an expressive poetry of form.
In keeping with her unique artistic practice, Helga Fanderl has curated two completely personalized programs for her Los Angeles visit, and she will present, discuss, and project her films especially for the occasion. With support from Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Filmforum is bringing Helga Fanderl to Los Angeles for these two programs of rare and exceptional beauty and her visit should not be missed!
“Like a sprawling catalogue of “brief glimpses of beauty,” Fanderl’s filmography is diaristic to a degree (though worlds away from home movies) as it traces the peregrinations of the artist, revealing an interest and passion for certain visual motifs, textures, and movement, but also place. … [Fanderl’s] extremely short, silent, and in-camera-edited Super 8 films are evocatively composed of the present moment. They breathe, and appear effortless, despite the substantial labour and determination with which they are imbued. Resulting from a sustained, concentrated, and, at times, trepidatious engagement with the world, Fanderl’s artmaking is refreshingly modest, focused, and, above all, open. Eschewing precision and polish, though still structured and skillful, her films depict a startling intimacy. Whether capturing the fairy-tale fits and starts of young French girls playing in a park wearing red and royal blue Sunday dresses (Mädchen, 1995), closely observing a tray of glassware on a ship as the sea reflects and refracts through their crystalline shapes (Gläser, 2011), or following at close range the semi-circular motion of a handsome, pacing leopard, its spots evoking rhythmic patterns through Fanderl’s intuitive shooting process (Leopard, 2012), the artist fully gives herself over to the present moment and allows us to bask in it.” - ANDRÉA PICARD, Cinema Scope, Issue 55, Toronto, 2013.
Tickets $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2714248 or at the door.
For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238
Serendipities, Program II (1993-2015)
KARUSSELL IM JARDIN D’ACCLIMATATION / CAROUSEL IN THE JARDIN D’ACCLIMATATION
WINDSTÜCKE / WIND PIECES
SKUPTUREN IM NEBEL/ SCULPTURES AND MIST
PFOSTEN IM FLUSS / PILES IN A RIVER
PFLANZEN / PLANTS
NACH DEM FEUER II / AFTER THE FIRE II
KAKIBAUM IM WINTER / PERSIMMON TREE IN WINTER
LAUB / LEAVES
ROST / RUST
GLÄSER / GLASSES
All films above are Super 8, silent
GELBE BLÄTTER / YELLOW LEAVES
STROM / STREAM
VÖGEL AM CHECKPOINT CHARLIE / BIRDS AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE
OSTBERLIN / EAST BERLIN
AUS DEM EMPIRE STATE BUILDING* / FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
WILDE WASSER / WILD WATERS
EISBÄR / POLAR BEAR
ABENDGLITZERN / EVENING TWINKLING
NACHMITTAGSLICHT / AFTERNOON LIGHT
KAKIBAUM III / PERSIMMON TREE III
GROSSE WASSER / BIG WATERS
16mm blow-ups from Super 8, silent
These programs are supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.