At Land is one of Maya Deren’s dreamlike films. The message which it transmits to and its main subject rests on the idea of the mutability of a personality. Maya said once that this film was made to show people the struggle to maintain the personal identity. The whole film has only 15 minutes, in which a whole life is …
“Her cinema is marked by a lush sensuality, a concern for light, play and artfully woven soundtrack.” – Barbara Hammer, Yesterday and Tomorrow, California Women Artists.
Made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell. “Rudy Burckhardt photographed this impression of New York’s Union Square under Joseph Cornell’s direction. This location held a particular fascination for Cornell who wanted to establish a foundation for artists and art therapy there. In the film he treats the park as an outdoor aviary.” – P.Adams Sitney
Stereo photos from the 1970s are digitally animated with 3-D effects to be seen without spectacles. The computer, considering location, emulates a painting technique. Featuring Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Flo Jacobs, and Azazel.
Taken from a moving vehicle, for much of the footage. The rest uses stationary frame, stop-motion. In the harbor sequence, I had to wait for the right amount of activity, to show effectively the boats darting about; some sequences took over an hour to shoot, and last perhaps a minute on the screen. The “strength and health” sequence was shot …
“By my standards, Miss Clarke’s picture, an eerie close-up of the metropolitan bridges, is extraordinary. A film that captures the bizarre magic of man-made spans with the movement of a lightning clap and with the same terrible beauty.” – Howard Thompson, The New York Times “A new creative development … truly excellent.” – Mr. Hugh Gray, Dept. of Film, UCLA
A further exploration into the color of ritual, the color of thought; a journey through the underworld of sensory derangement. “A very beautiful work! The abstractions drawn directly on film are like the paintings of Miro acute; moving at full speed to the rhythm of an African beat.” – D. Noguez, La Nouvelle Revue Francaise
“Remembrance: A Portrait Study is a filmic portrait of the artist’s mother, Mildered Owens, and her friends Irene Collins and Nettie Thomas, set to a score of 50s and 60s hit songs. Using Baroque lighting techniques, Owens captures the three women drinking and lounging one evening.” – Tate Museum
“A lyric, tender, intensely subjective exploration of a flower garden, with extreme magnification, flashing color harmonies.” – Cinema 16 “She deserves the order of the square halo, first class, with harps in diamonds.” – Dwight Ripley
Filmed on January 16, 1966, Song of Central Park includes images of Central park, the skating rink, and winter shots of New York. Sound: Jonas talks about the principles of cinema (a kind of manifesto).