Lorenzo Gattorna Plus

Baltimore, MD

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Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker and programmer originally from New York now residing in Baltimore. He received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in 2007. His short films have screened at festivals and galleries worldwide including ARKIPEL, Balagan, CCNY, CUFF, Colour Out of Space, Echo Park Film Center, EMP Collective, Galerie Myrtis, HEFF, Howard County Center for the Arts, Images Contre Nature, Les Rencontres Internationales, LMAKprojects, LOOP Festival, Maryland Film Festival, MICA, Microlights, Microscope Gallery, Moviate, Onion City, PLUG Projects, Regional Support Network, Sonic Circuits, The Nightingale, Transient Visions, TULCA, VIDEOMEDEJA and Views from the Avant-Garde. He has presented visiting artist lectures at NYU's Experimental Film Workshop, JHU's Short Filmmaking Laboratory and UIC's Topics in Video. He has programmed screenings for Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter, Maysles Cinema, Spectacle Theater and UnionDocs. He received the 2012 Creative Alliance Media Makers' Fellowship and was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Sondheim Prize as well as the 2014 Trawick Prize. Recently, he was awarded an honorable mention in Art Maryland 2014 and was also longlisted for the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize. From 2012 to 2014, Lorenzo was the co-founder and director of a nomadic entity in Baltimore known as Sight Unseen. Lorenzo will be working on an MFA in Moving Image at UIC from 2015-17.

The small gauge, short form films by Lorenzo Gattorna converge upon avant-garde and documentary modes in cinema, swaying amidst the traditions of direct observation and speculative fiction. These ethereal travelogues attempt to expose mystical revelations through observational phenomena, and remain therapeutic reflections upon such bizarre and beautiful tumult as reciprocation, relocation and remembrance. Lorenzo is absolutely fascinated by the interaction of estrangement and cognition. His intuitive responses share screen time with structuralist tendencies through a polyvalent montage inspired by experimental, diarist filmmaker, Warren Sonbert. He realizes how a shot may either match or contrast with other shots in terms of saturation, grain structure, the screen orientation of object, the direction of camera movement or even stasis thereof. Science fiction specialist, Judith Merril, speaks about speculative fiction much the way Lorenzo sees it as the mode that makes use of the traditional scientific method to examine some postulated approximation of reality. By introducing a given set of changes – imaginary or inventive – into the known background, an environment is created wherein the impressions of the viewers will reveal something about the inventions, the characters or both. Another burgeoning aspect of his filmmaking is found in musical accompaniment with classical composers as well as noise musicians. These soundtracks echo the aforementioned attributes of distancing and dwelling through time-honored and open-minded compositions.

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  1. Felipe Steinberg
  2. Ken Paul Rosenthal
  3. gina basso
  4. Jodie Mack
  5. Anthology Film Archives
  6. Guy Maddin
  7. Bernd Lützeler
  8. Scott Stark
  9. doug ischar
  10. DIFF
  11. Vanessa Renwick
  12. Demelza Kooij
  13. julie murray
  14. Zachary Epcar
  15. Joana
  16. jeanneLIOTTA
  17. Jon Behrens
  18. Basma Alsharif

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