Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Couleurs Mécaniques: Films of Rose Lowder I

Rose Lowder In Person

Pacific Film Archive

presented in association with Pacific Film Archive, the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in San Francisco and the French American Cultural Society
Rose Lowder In Person
Program introduced by Greta Snider
[PFA Admissions Apply]
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“The most memorable of Lowder’s films are experiments in creating distinct visual experiences that, in their reduction of day-long phenomena into brief, precise, intense cinematic moments, sing the potential of an ecological film aesthetic.” (Scott MacDonald)

Hailing from the south of France, filmmaker, curator and archivist Rose Lowder has created, since 1978, a remarkable body of 16mm films which explore visual perception and the mechanics of the cinematic apparatus while absolutely exploding with ecstatic color and vibrant kineticism. Inspired largely by the rhythms of nature and rural life, Lowder’s films joyously celebrate the textures of the natural world with an impassioned, impressionistic eye. This two-part series, presented on the occasion of her first visit to the Bay Area since 1987, represents a brief overview of Lowder’s extraordinary body of work, 1978–2011. (Steve Polta)

Program to include: Certaines observations (a double-projector work); Les tournesols colorés (Colored Sunflowers); Quiproquo; Voiliers et coquelicots (Poppies and Sailboats); Habitat, Batracien (Batrachian); Jardin du soleil (Sun Garden); Rien d’extraordinaire (Nothing Special Beau-site); and Fleur de sel (Sea Salt Flower).