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Jefferson Presents: Experiments On Film No. 107

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 18, 2009

Abstract drawing of a man wearing a hat

Dec. 19
8:00 p.m.
Garfield Artworks
4931 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA

Hosted by: Jefferson Presents

Experiments on Film No. 107 includes three films from the past and semi-present. First is Robert Huot’s 1972 film Third One Year Movie; while the other two are by Jennifer Reeves: One being a 1999 collaboration with MM Serra and the other a 2001 solo project.

As I’m not familiar with the films myself, I’m reprinting excerpted descriptions straight from the Jefferson Presents calendar. All three films sound extremely intriguing, however:

Third One Year Movie, dir. Robert Huot (1972, 16mm, color/si, 24fps, 60 minutes)
[The film] uses an unusual editing strategy to fuse disparate sorts of imagery into a coherent form […] a woman walking dramatically toward the camera through a barn– at first she’s in a cape but as she approaches, she drops the cape revealing her naked body– photographed in black and white, in slow motion and with such intense grain that that when she nears the camera and looks into it, she appears to be a kind of filmic phantom come to haunt us)
–Scott MacDonald, excerpted from “The Films of Robert Huot,” Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Summer 1980.

Darling International, dir. Jennifer Reeves & MM Serra (1999, 16mm, black and white, sound, 22 min)
An exploration of sexual fantasies of a NY metal worker.

Fear of Blushing, dir. Jennifer Reeves  (2001, 16mm, color, sound, 5.5 min)
Bleached, painted and optically-printed, Fear of Blushing combines alternating textures, irrepressible color and corroded figures with menacing sound bites, effects & rhythm.

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