Thursday, March 24, 2005

Dialogues in the Dark

Program 9: Still/Here, Two Films of the City

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

We present the West Coast premiere of Christopher Harris’ award-winning, eloquent still/here (2000). Examining suppressed histories, it documents urban loss and alienation in St. Louis through lingering shots of empty lots, abandoned houses and gutted businesses. These images are accompanied by reflective thoughts from interviews and a haunting score performed by Chicago jazz bassist, Tatsu Aoki. Paired with the beautifully meditative New York Portrait: Chapter Two (1980-81) by Peter Hutton. Together, these films inspire thoughts of the ephemeral city by alternately building it up and taking it apart. (Maïa Cybelle Carpenter)