Sunday, February 22, 2015, 12:00 am

Space Material/Immaterial Place:
Films by Jeremy Moss

Jeremy Moss In Person


992 Valencia Street (at 21st Street)

San Francisco, CA 94110

Admission: $10 general/ $5 Cinematheque members
Advance tickets available here.

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Working in a number of intersecting and overlapping genres—including dance film, speculative essay and rich alchemical, film emulsion-based abstraction—the film/video work of Pennsylvania-based filmmaker Jeremy Moss explores and interrogates bodies, identities and places shaped by rigid boundaries and porous peripheries. His films incorporate intricate and direct camera work that often emulates (only to subvert and deconstruct) such strict structures. A featured artist in Cinematheque’s CROSSROADS festival in 2013 and ’14, Moss appears in person to present a complete program (including local premieres) of his innovative body of work. The Blue Record—made with Erik Anderson—is a harrowing meditation on ruin-gazing, panoptic oppression and the experience of destruction as an aesthetic pleasure. The Sight and Cicatrix (both created at Ontario’s famed Independent Imaging Retreat—aka “Film Farm”) ooze, bubble and rip with emulsive creationist impulses, while Those Inescapable Slivers of Celluloid, an earlier contemplation of ideology and place, brings a prophet’s omniscient and culpable gaze to a desolate desert landscape of detritus and destruction. This program also includes a trio of Moss’ incredible dance films—Chroma, (un)tethered and That Dizzying Crest, each made in collaboration with choreographer Pamela Vail. Colliding movement and place, fused with masterful filmic form, these works create immersive new realms for the moving figure and offer tantalizing contributions to this rich, if neglected, film genre. (Jeremy Moss/Steve Polta)