Sunday, December 14, 2008

At Sea

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

“…the cruelty of the sea, its relentlessness and awfulness, rushed upon me. Life had become cheap and tawdry, a beastly and inarticulate thing, a soulless stirring of the ooze and slime. I held on to the weather rail, close by the shrouds, and gazed out across the desolate foaming waves to the low-lying fog-banks that hid San Francisco and the California coast. Rain-squalls were driving in between, and I could scarcely see the fog. And this strange vessel, with its terrible men, pressed under by wind and sea and ever leaping up and out, was heading away into the south-west, into the great and lonely Pacific expanse.” (Jack London, The Sea Wolf) Screening: a triad meditation of new seafaring films, including local filmmaker matthew swiezynski’s this invisible art of memory – magic hour number 1, Stephanie Barber’s dwarfs the sea, and Peter Hutton’s At Sea which documents the birth, life and death of a forty-ton container ship, including scenes of ship-building in South Korea and ship-breaking in Bangladesh. (Jennifer Blaylock)

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