Thursday, March 17, 2005

New Landscape Films from Hutton, Kitchen and Richardson

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

These three new films explore time and texture in the depiction of exquisite cinematic landscapes. Peter Hutton’s epic Skagafjordur takes as its luminous subject the dramatic pacings of atmosphere and light over pristine Icelandic vistas. Elegantly capturing subtle rhythms and evanescent events, the film is a monumental study of land, sky and sea (in color and black and white). Emily Richardson’s vigorous new film, Aspect, takes an all-over approach to composition and spatial description, using precise camera work and time-lapse photography to activate the entirety of the screen. Diane Kitchen’s Quick’s Thicket is a brilliantly colored ode to the visual vibrance of Mid-Western seasons. (Steve Polta)