Carolee Schneemann

Yesterday afternoon we went to see the New York premiere of Canadian filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska‘s 100-minute documentary on Carolee Schneemann who for me is one of the essential avant-garde artists of the twentieth & the twenty-first centuries. I am still too much under the spell of the film to give a coherent “critical” assessment, except to say that it is a superb achievement & certainly one of the very best documentaries … Read more Carolee Schneemann

Paul Buck on Performance — the movie

Old friend & collaborator Paul Buck was interviewed by 3.a.m. magazine on his new book on the film Performance. Opening paras below; read the whole piece here. performance redux Paul Buck interviewed by Richard Marshall. 3:AM: You approach the film from a series of angles – the art scene, the London drug scene, the gangster scene, the film scene and so on. This gives the reader a very intense and close up way in … Read more Paul Buck on Performance — the movie

Review of “Mirage” on Resolve40

Check out this review of Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s film Basil King: Mirage. Basil King: Mirage by patrick brennan photo courtesy of the filmmakers   Among context invoking in-betweens such as essays, interviews, reviews and descriptions, it’s not that often that an artist can be so influentially positioned to shape these as in Nicole Peyrafitte’s and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s deft 23 minute short film, Basil King: Mirage, which ably affords … Read more Review of “Mirage” on Resolve40

“Fire Won’t Eat Me Up:” Iraqi Poet Manal al Sheik

In Roxana Vilk’s short film, “Fire Won’t Eat Me Up,” Manal Al Sheikh says it is dangerous for her to be a writer in her hometown of Nineveh, Iraq, so she now engages readers online from Norway. The documentary, produced for Al Jazeera’s “Artscape: Poets of Protest” series, follows Al Sheikh as she prepares for a reading.

Stolen Books, Stolen Identity:

This via the excellent Arab Literature (in English) blog: What Did Israel Do with Palestinians’ Literary Heritage? Nora Lester Murad recently went to see Benny Brunner’s film, The Great Book Robbery: By Nora Lester Murad The camera follows two Palestinians with Israeli citizenship from the counter at Israel’s National Library to a table. They carry a small stack books from a collection labeled “AP” for “Absentee Property.”  They sit in front … Read more Stolen Books, Stolen Identity:

Basil King: Mirage & More

Saturday September 22 FILM PREMIERE BASIL KING : MIRAGE a film co-directed by Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte  at Anthology Film Archives  32 2nd Ave – NYC Basil King: Mirage Trailer from miles joris-peyrafitte on Vimeo. Saturday September 22 FILM PREMIERE BASIL KING: MIRAGE We are really exited about the premiere of our 22 mn documentary film on painter & poet Basil King at Anthology Film Archive. This is a family affair since Miles & I … Read more Basil King: Mirage & More

Ody Roos’ Homage to Chris Marker

On the way back to NYC from the Pyrenees we stopped over in Paris for two days & spent a fair amount of time with my old friend, the Luxembourgian film maker Ody Roos. Talk of course went immediately to the sad news of his friend Chris Marker’s death — then Ody pulled a thumbdrive from his pocket & handed it to me. It contained an homage video he had put … Read more Ody Roos’ Homage to Chris Marker

Wall Marker in Paris

Last day in Paris, walking back from Gare du Nord area to St Sulpice, & coming across this homage graffiti near Beaubourg: More on Chris Marker to come on Nomadics. Also, if you can, come to the Homage Day for Marker in Brooklyn at Light Industries on Sunday 26 August all day. Details here.