Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:00 am

Image Alchemy: The Films of Phil Solomon

Phil Solomon In Person


2155 Center St (at Oxford)

Berkeley, CA 94720

presented in association with Pacific Film Archive

[general admission: $9.50 / $2 discount for SF Cinematheque members with membership card]

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Phil Solomon is an alchemist and archeologist of cinema. His complex optical treatments of found and original footage create mesmerizing degraded images that shimmer and shatter, revealing their hidden poetry. Meditations on loss, decay, and memory, his 16mm films are unsettling yet unforgettable. More recently, Solomon has worked digitally to create haunting, evocative landscapes. In the trilogy In Memoriam, he draws on the video game series Grand Theft Auto to conjure an existential tale of solemn beauty. In his most recent Psalm, the moody Valley of the Shadow, John Huston reads Joyce’s The Dead. Screening: What’s Out Tonight is Lost (1983); Psalm I: The Lateness of the Hour (1999); In Memoriam (Mark Lapore: 1952–2005): Rehearsals for Retirement (2007), Last Days In A Lonely Place (2007), Still Raining, Still Dreaming (2009); and Psalm IV: Valley of the Shadow (2013).

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