Thursday, June 3, 2004

Dialogues in the Dark

Invisible Envelopes: An Evening with Janie Geiser

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Many of Janie Geiser’s films are like cinematic miniatures, evoking ambiguous narratives and cryptic worlds filled with primal yet elusive emotion. Through her delicate and deft animation of found objects, cut-out images and enigmatic female figures, she creates tiny dramas with immense resonance, often drawing from a ‘noir’ sensibility of anxiety and suspense. Tonight we will screen several of Geiser’s works, including Spiral Vessel, Immer Zu, Lost Motion, Ultima Thule, The Fourth Watch and the Bay Area sneak preview of her new Terrace 49. These will be accompanied by films which have inspired or had a formal and emotional impact on her own work, including Ernie Gehr’s Rear Window, Phil Solomon’s Figure/Ground (The Snowman), a short piece by Méliès and other surprises. (Irina Leimbacher)