SHEEPWOMAN

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 by zackpatton44

I’ve seen a fair share of art exhibitions and live shows but nothing quite like the one on wednesday night by Sheepwoman.  The film featured artists SUE- C and Laetitia Sonami in a collaboration that introduces light projection timed up with various computer and electronic noises. To create this film they used a projector and a flashlight with various objects and film strips to create the images we saw on the projection screen. The interesting thing about this event was that it was all done live with the two artists on stage with their backs to the audience. While one of the women dealt with all the projections and imagery, the other controlled the audio levels and noises.

The film was inspired by Haruki Murakami’s “The Wild Sheep Chase” and “Dance Dance Dance.” To be completely  honest i was really confused about the story line and the overall message about the piece, however i still really enjoyed it because of the randomness. I have never heard of Haruki Murakami’ before so i was unable to see a connection to his work as mentioned by the two performers. I think it would be really difficult for someone to recognize or pick up that this film was even based on two different stories by Haruki even if they had previously read his work. It was the first time i had ever heard of this type film projection so being able to not just learn about it but to see it first hand was very insightful.

You know a film is powerful when you start to loose track of thought and really let your state of mind wonder. I found myself doing this several times, over and over without really any control of it.  The sounds that where used where extremely loud and also extremely different than most of the sounds you hear in a modern day film. The audio works well with projection because like the film itself the audio is very chaotic and disorienting. I don’t know if it was because of the visuals or the audio, or just because the audience was bored with the film, but i did notice a fair share of people leave throughout the showing.

After listening to all the buzzing and various noises, i found myself still hearing little beeps and tones up to a couple hours later. The film itself almost has a brainwashing effect because it is hard on the eyes and sometimes hard on the ears. If you are someone who does not enjoy loud or distracting things, you would probably get very annoyed and frustrated with this film within the first five minutes of it. I think both of the artists are taking a huge risk by doing this type of work because their are so many factors and things that can go wrong with the types of instruments they use.

They first showed this film back on April 3, 4 and 5 at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and have been screening it off and on ever since for schools and small exhibits. I think this type of cinematography has a chance to be very successful if done properly. Like i said before i did enjoy the show, however i do believe it lacked in some areas. I believe some of the scenes were dragged out for way to long and also the fact that they had reoccurring shots that didn’t hold to much strength or meaning. If i had to recommend anything to the women i would like to know about Haruki’s stories before hand so i have a better understanding of the film. The way they start the film with the older women’s voice drowning everything else out is pretty powerful so maybe narration before their film would take away from the film itself. I believe however that if done properly a short narration in a program would help in understanding the film a little more before seeing it. I could be wrong and this may be the exact reaction the artists are looking for, someone who is even more lost and confused than they were entering the auditorium.

Whatever the overall message was, it had a pretty big effect on me and the way i look at film and the way it can be altered. This is a good example of using your creativity and imagination to do something so completely different and wild that it just might work. If you enjoy seeing new techniques and new ideas i would strongly recommend this film, however i would recommend that you try and have an open mind for the best experience.

 

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Stomp

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

Wow, stomp was crazy!!!!!! I couldn’t believe how good it was considering all the instruments they used. If anyone where to question me about whether or not they actually used instruments or not, I’d just tell them to watch the film and than disagree with me. I thought the way they involved trash cans was incredible. I love seeing the way someone can transform an object into a complete different form just by using a little creativity. Anyone can pick up a stick and a trash can and bang on it, However not many can create a whole show consisting of that many people all banging and stepping on things to create such cool sounds. Im glad we were assigned to watch this because seeing people get creative is one of my biggest enjoyments.

Event 1 & 2 Local contemporary Native American basket weavers

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

Choosing to go to this event was defiantly an easy choice for me considering it was not only worth two Events, but because it also had to do with Native Americans. Ever since i was young child i have always been fascinated with Native Americans because they are the last remaining history that links human origins to the United States. Its well known and very clear Native Americans were pushed off there land and forced to stop traditional practices, luckily however it is was great to see Rose Ramirez and Lydia Vassar demonstrate the original technique of basket weaving. It showed me that there are still teachings being passed down form generation to generation and that there is still hope for the Native American culture.

After watching and listening to the basket weavers presentation i was actually quite jealous because of how relaxed and calm these peoples lives seemed to be. After hearing stories of the simplicity and peacefulness, It really makes me look at my life, and want to switch places with them. I’m not complaining about the life i live one bit, however i wish i knew what it was like to grow up one with nature, using only what i need for survival. To grow up in a place with no boundaries and open land to explore would be a tremendous and very simple way to live. Watching the way these people use plants and seeds to create not just beautiful pieces of art but also everyday items to store things is pretty incredible.

I along with many Native Americans believe we need to respect the earth and the supplies it provides us. Too many people take for granted what life should really be about and its pretty disheartening. Its sad to know that eventually this planet will be used of all its resources but its good to know there are still some out there protecting and respecting it.

Songcatcher

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

Watching Song-catcher was very entertaining for me in the sense that after seeing the first scene i thought i was going to hate it. The second i had heard the catchy lyrics and  songs i found myself humming along too, and singing certain parts. What i liked most about the movie was the fact that it was more of a musical than anything else. This movie really gave me a sense of happiness and freedom. I believe the movie was shot to show the audience, it doesn’t really matter if your from a city or a small house in Appalachia, the main objective is to enjoy your life and not worry about what others think. Almost all of the Appalachian residence were proud of their style of living and didn’t really want much more. My favorite part of the movie was at the end when Lily (the song-catcher) decides to stay and live in the mountains with all the folk singers because she realizes how peaceful and simple life should be.

Mi Familia

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by zackpatton44

After watching this movie, i wasn’t to impressed with it, however there where some parts i did enjoy. I thought the story line was pretty good but i had trouble relating to the movie. If i had some latin or mexican heritage, or even if my immediate family had settled here from another country I probably would have felt more of a connection.   I thought the film was extremely informative, and gave the audience a sense of what a family coming across the border from Mexico might have to deal with. I thought it was interesting to see how easy it was for people to cross the boarder from Mexico, opposed to today. Of course the situation and population of the U.S is much different today, but i thought the movie showed great insight into how one could relate to a family trying to make a better life for themselves by coming to this country.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2010 by zackpatton44

I remember seeing this film when it first came out back in 2002, seeing it again 8 years later, i felt the same emotions except this time around i was able to look at other aspects of the film such as the way each scene was shot and the way the filmmakers were able to create such a great film with minimal dialect . I thought the way the film was shot was fantastic for the story line. There was hardly any dialect but the way it was filmed created so much more in each scene. As the girls walked home you could hear their footsteps, really making the audience understand the torture and hardships they had to go through.

This film is definitely informational and moving yet very emotional. It was hard to watch this film without feeling any anger. Watching the way people were being treated on their native lands was horrible. Watching this film defiantly made me feel a certain rage for being white. It disgusts me how people think they can just eliminate or control other ethnicity  the way they do.