Sunday, May 25, 2003

Fresh Eyes: New Artists at Cinematheque

Program 15: Unspeakable Intimacies, Tony Wu and José Rodriguez

San Francisco Art Institute

The formal renderings of Tony Wu’s dense black-and-white imagery-often achieved by printing 16mm film onto 8mm film, or vice versa-create compelling musical textures, beneath which resonates a shimmering reservoir of emotional and sensual energy. Tonight the Taiwan-native Wu presents a range of short works made during the past four years: Intimacy, More Intimacy, During Chaos, Cemetery 4, Cemetery 6 and Frame Parade. The dark mysteries of the films of José Rodriguez unfold in brightly lit landscapes of oblique desire and memories just out of reach. The Mexican-born San Francisco resident Rodriguez presents several short films made since 2001, including at least one premiere. (Scott Stark)

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