June 21 – Sarah Pucill at the Echo Park Film Center

Sunday June 21, 2009, 7:30 pm

Echo Park Film Center and Los Angeles Filmforum present
Sarah Pucill: Taken by the Frame – Los Angeles premieres!
At the Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)  Los Angeles, CA 90026

Stages of Mourning

Stages of Mourning

213-484-8846
info@echoparkfilmcenter.org
http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/

The Echo Park Film Center and Los Angeles Filmforum host British artist, photographer  and filmmaker Sarah Pucill. Pucill’s films and photographs play with boundaries of self and other, frequently involving mirrors or mirroring and strong performances.  Sometimes rigorously formal, other times humorously enamored with the possibilities of light, surfaces, and bodies, while exploring the range of possibilities vested in the camera.  Los Angeles premieres of all works from this award-winning experimental filmmaker.

Tonight we’ll be screening:
You Be Mother (1990, 7 min., 16mm, color)
Best Experimental Film Award, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Best Innovation Award, Atlanta Film Festival, USA
Milk and Glass (1993, 10 min., 16mm, color)
Stages of Mourning (2004, 17 min., 16mm, color)
Taking My Skin (2006, 35 min., 16mm, b&w)
Marion McMahon Award, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (2007)
Fall In Frame (2009, 18 min., 16mm, color)

Fall in Frame

Fall in Frame

“The process of making is the starting point for my work, in which space and point of view have been longstanding concerns as has the (female) body. In my early short films and photographs I explored the relation between the body and domestic space. I worked with photomontage in You Be Mother, Milk and Glass, and later in Swollen Stigma and Cast, with wide-angle point-of-view shots and a macro lens. Developed out of this, my films from Stages of Mourning onward have incorporated a performance that is important with regard to its symbolic and cathartic value. There is an existential element to the slow pacing of the performance that confronts the viewer (and performer) with what it means to be in front of a camera, where the moment is being marked as an image outside of time. This approach to filmmaking runs counter to commercial film techniques, where the actual place of filming (the pro-filmic) is not only not repressed but is brought to the fore as a central characteristic of the film.” – Sarah Pucill

You Be Mother

You Be Mother

More on Sarah Pucill:

http://sarahpucill.co.uk/

Sarah Pucill’s films have been screened at major international film festivals including: London Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Osnabruck Media Arts Festival and Montreal Festival of New Cinema.  Television broadcasts include: BSB TV Australia (Mirrored Measure, 1996; bought by BSB), Carlton Television (Backcomb, 1995; funded by Carlton), Granada TV (You Be Mother, 1990).   Retrospective screenings include the Tate, the Lux and N.W.Here in London and the Millennium Film in New York.  This June a retrospective of her films which will premier her recent film Fall In Frame, 2009, will tour North America at venues including Anthology Film Archives, NY, MassArt Film Society, Boston and Pleasure Dome Toronto.

Funded by AHRC and the Arts Council, her previous film Blind Light, 2007 premiered at Millennium Film, NY in 07 and was shown at the European Media Arts Festival Osnabruck, Aurora Art Festival, Norwich and at the Louise T Blouin Foundation in 08.  Taking My Skin was recipient of the Marion McMahon Award at the Images Festival in Toronto 2007 and was shown as part of ‘Mother Cuts: Experiments in Film, Video & Photography’ at New Jersey University Gallery in 2008 together with work by Mona Hatoum and Mary Kelly.

Sarah Pucill lives and works in London and is Senior Lecturer at University of Westminster since 2000. Her work is distributed through Lux, The British Film Institute (BFI), British Council, New York Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Canyon Cinema, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and Light Cone Paris.

An essay by Sarah Pucill on her work:
http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=359043&Itemid=755

Filmography
Fall In Frame (2009, 18 min., 16mm, color)
Blind Light (2007, 22 min., 16mm, color)
Just Like All The Rest (2007, 7 min., DV, color) Collaboration with Marcia Farquhar 12 Shooters
Taking My Skin (2006, 35 min., 16mm, b&w)
Marion McMahon Award, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (2007)
Stages of Mourning (2004, 20 min., 16mm, color)
Cast (2000, 17 min., 16mm, b&w)
Swollen Stigma (1998, 20 min., 16mm, color)
Mirrored Measure (1996, 10 min., 16mm, b&w)
Backcomb (1995, 6 min., 16mm, color)
Milk and Glass (1993, 10 min., 16mm, color)
You Be Mother (1990, 7 min., 16mm, color)
Best Experimental Film Award, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Best Innovation Award, Atlanta Film Festival, USA
‘Wicked Women and Wayward Girls’, BFI compilation tape, distributed by Connoisseur Video

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