Filmmaker Lewis Klahr “re-animates” images from mid-twentieth-century advertisements, comic books, and other ephemeral talismans of American commerce and popular culture to produce submerged narratives about the emotional and dream lives of his memory-haunted characters. This visit to his Los Angeles studio sees him working on his film Wednesday Morning Two A.M. (which went on to win a Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2010 International Film Festival Rotterdam) and discussing his practice. As a culmination to his 2009-2010 Residency Award in Media Arts, the Wexner Center will be featuring a month-long retrospective of Klahr’s career (along with classic films by Joseph von Sternberg, Andy Warhol, Jacques Tourneur, and others that have an important influence on Klahr’s work) throughout the month of May. Visit the Wexner Center website for screening schedules and further information: wexarts.org/fv/index.php?seriesid=253
Here is my unofficial short film of one of my favorite bands, Low. The song is called "Just Make It Stop" from their 2013 album "The Invisible Way". Filmed in Chromoflex UltraPan8 2.8.
No digital effects were used.
This is specially perforated Kodak V3 200D color negative (UltraPan8 2.8 R8) pushed one stop (400 ASA). An internegative 16mm print (50D) was struck but not processed. The single perf 16mm "print" was then hand processed using Richard Touey's Chromoflex technique. I applied random tape shapes and then immersed the 16mm film in three different combinations of developers, fixes, baths, etc specific to color negative, color reversal or b/w reversal film processing.
This is the first part (6 sections) of a 12 section film that invites viewers into a more visceral and less verbally analytical state of mind. The "action," small events like the mail arriving, the storm coming, and the grass getting mowed, are secondary to the way of perceiving those events. In many ways this film reaches back into a kind of personal memory one might recall from early childhood.
Awards: Best of Fest, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1996; Best Experimental, Atlanta Film and Video Festival, 1996; Co-Best Experimental, Athens Film Festival, 1996; Juror's Citation, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 1996.
Exhibition: Oberhausen Short Film Festival; Osnabruck Media Arts Festival; Image Forum, Japan; Impakt Film Festival; Robert Flaherty Film Seminar; Museum of Modern Art, NY.