50 Letters

Grahame Weinbren

Film Screening: September 17th, 10:30pm, Empire Drive-In, South Hall.
FREE with admission to South Hall (South Hall multi-day admission is $5).

50 Letters (1997-2010) is a series of one minute films that can be shown in any sequence. Letters also honors the performance tradition associated with independent film — for 50 years filmmakers have traveled with their work, just as 100 years ago filmmakers like the Lumiere Brothers would travel to a town and set up their cinema tent. 50 Letters continues this performative aspect of the independent film tradition by allowing viewers to determine the sequence of the films during the presentation. The byproduct of this process is a significant degree of indeterminacy. It is accepted that the meaning of a moving image work is a function of its overall montage, and for this reason traditionally filmmakers take enormous care with the sequence, the temporal structure, of their work. For 50 Letters, the artist abdicates that responsibility, allowing different meanings to emerge each time it is shown, and it is in this sense that the work is inspired by the ideas of John Cage.

This performance is part of the Future Films Live Cinema program.


 
 
Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen