Saturday, April 3, 2010

Two Together Two: Jim McBride & Stanton Kaye

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Stanton Kaye and Jim McBride in-person
presented in association with Tosca Cafe & Cabinetic
[members: $6 / non-members: $10]

“I saw Brandy shortly after it was completed, liked it rather well, but thought it was limited in scope and would age quite poorly. It was I, not Brandy, however, that was limited in scope… I saw Brandy again and it was still growing; it had qualities I had never appreciated before. It is always painful for a critic to realize that that flash in the pan he saw several years ago was gold.” (Paul Schrader)

Cinematheque’s cinematic pairings from these two preeminent filmmakers continues with My Girlfriend’s Wedding, Jim McBride’s vérité interview with his girlfriend about her pending marriage to someone else. Together with its short companion piece, the similarly themed My Son’s Wedding to My Sister-in-Law, McBride takes the “diary film” genre and turns it inside-out. Then he inverts it again. Thereafter, Stanton Kaye’s stunning Brandy in the Wilderness tills a similar soil for an entirely different crop, cultivating a work that deliberately distorts the tenuous intersection between fiction and reality. For viewers that prefer their evening’s entertainment to fit nicely within predefined definitions, beware: Brandy strays well beyond the conventional borders of narrative or documentary filmmaking. (JONATHAN MARLOW)

Jim McBride: My Girlfriend’s Wedding (1969), 60 min.
» : My Son’s Wedding to My Sister-in-Law (2008), 9 min.
Stanton Kaye: Brandy in the Wilderness (1971), 87 min.

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