My Private Life is an autobiographical documentary that explores the lives of the filmmaker's repressed Jewish parents, Barbara and Bertie, when divorce was a stigma and homosexuality illegal - and in the eyes of observant Jews, a sin. Moving from house to house, country to country, through divorce, physical violence and remarriage - rich one day and broke the next - Barbara and Bertie spend their last days together in a small flat in suburban London.
Written & Directed by Steven Eastwood & Geoffrey Alan Rhodes
HDCam. 81:00. UK/USA/Bosnia. 2010
In 2006, CNN announced the discovery of ancient pyramids, not in Egypt, but the small town of Visoko in central Bosnia...
Buried Land is a fictional story set in a real community. Bosnia's rising star Emir Z. Kapetanovic takes the central role as an emigré removed during the war. Emir returns to his country to assist on a film about the pyramid claims but finds himself struggling to reconnect with his homeland.
Controversy surrounded the production of the film when the Bosnian magazine Weekend accused the directors of planning a "Borat" type film production, using a single actor to lure the local people into a misrepresentation. Riffing on these actual events, the filmmakers made this accusation a part of their story. Buried Land is about how films often miss underlying meanings in their attempts to provide sensation. The real story is of belief and hope – as symbolized by the Visoko pyramids and the spirit of a town that has lived through the trauma of war.
Official Selection: Tribeca, Moscow, Sarajevo, Mumbai, Goteborg.
Shot on location in the Valley of the Pyramids, Visoko, Bosnia
A Paradogs / GARhodes Production 2010 co-produced with Vennerfilm
On a suburban street in front of an apartment building an opera singer sings along with a police siren. A mere imitation at first, when the siren is heard from the distance, it turns into a competition with the siren, almost drowning it out when the patrol car appears on screen behind her. The singer has the final note, long after the car and its sound have disappeared.
In this prize winning experimental documentary, the ghosts of Carlos and Rosa, young republican fighters in the Spanish civil war, roam Belchite, a town in Northern Spain ruined in the war, waiting for the discovery of their unmarked graves.
Steel cello / Bow chime Produced by David Chapman & Adrian Palka
A documentary on the performance work of Bob Rutman, Adrian Palka and Wolfram Der Spyra
Duration: 30 minutes
The Steel Cello and Bow Chime were made by US abstract expressionist painter Bob Rutman in the late 1960s.
They grew out of an artistic collaboration with musician/artist Constance Demby for the exhibition ‘Space Mass’,
at Rutman’s New York gallery. Rutman conceived them as musical-sculptures, a form in which both their visual presence
and sound qualities are of equal and inseparable importance. They were designed as objects to be played and it’s from this combination that their unique qualities arise.
Since the 1970s Bob Rutman has produced a continuous stream of recordings and live performances. The Steel Cello and Bow Chime are extremely versatile and performances have been shown in a remarkable range of locations. These include major museums and arts galleries, such as MOMA, New York, and the ICA, London, as well as Coventry Cathedral and the Tiergarten road tunnel in Berlin.
Their versatility also leads to a wide range of interdisciplinary collaborations. In the 1970s and 1980s when Bob Rutman was based in the US, he collaborated with major performing artists and directors including Robert Wilson, Merce Cunningham and Peter Sellars. Since moving to Berlin in 1987 the Steel Cellos and Bow Chimes have been used in major musical theatre productions such as Walden by Heiner
Goebbels, dance collaborations with Tanzfabrik Berlin, and a tour with the band Einsturzende Neubauten. They are regularly seen at art
and cabaret events in Berlin and indeed through out Europe. There is also a Steel Cello in the collection of major German contemporary art collector, Erich Marx.
There are several other practitioners who work with versions of the Steel Cello and Bow Chime and two of them are also featured on this DVD. Adrian Palka has been performing with the Steel Cello and Bow Chime since a London based collaboration with Bob Rutman in 1996. He currently works with Mark Bowler, a music graduate from Coventry University. Their work operates across a number of interdisciplinary projects and explores relations between sound, video projection and live performance. Wolfram Der Spyra is a musician and sound artist from Kassel in Germany. In his work he incorporates the Bow Chime as a sound source integrated into a keyboard and computer based set-up in the live performances of electronic music.
The original steel cello was constructed out of an 8 by 4 foot piece of sheet matte steel. The steel vibrates when the string is bowed. It produces sounds which range from deep drones to high-pitched squeaks. It is capable of producing subtle micro-tones and delicate harmonic overtones as well as overwhelming crashing cacophonies. The Bow Chime works on a similar principle to the Steel Cello. A horizontal steel sheet is made to vibrate through the action of a bow on vertical, tuned steel rods. Recent experiments at Coventry University with infra-sound expert, Vic Tandy, have recorded infra sound levels down to 2 Hertz, well below audible levels. It is possible that the emotional impact of the sounds is enhanced from sub sonic frequencies sub-consciously registered by the brain and organs of the body.