Masters on Main Street
The Catskill Film and Video Festival presents two days of cinematic surprises with selections by filmmakers from the Hudson Valley and the world: new features and documentaries, animated shorts, experimental films, 1970’s Catskill footage of Cus D’Amato and Mike Tyson, a feature shot on location in Hudson, NY and more. This film series is unique in its focus on film as an art form and the mission to provide opportunities for creative people to meet, share their work and experience Catskill’s Main Street possibilities.
Curated by Andrea Cunliffe, New York and London UK film maker, theater director and producer, actor and broadcaster, selections reflect Andrea’s interest in politics, current events, theater and comedy with a host of guest curators contributing to the mix. In keeping with the Masters on Main Street project’s purpose of presenting work from the country’s top studio programs, this series lists participation from students and faculty at the New School and Bard College as well as a amazing work from an international film program for high school students and a unique film training school in Haiti along with work by a number of seasoned professionals.
Cunliffe’s interest in theater and classic texts is apparent in her selection of Stephen Blauweiss’ film Rappin for Godot an existential parody performed by stand-up comic poet/musicians Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine. She has also chosen a modern adaptation of Othello set in New York City by young directors and actors from the New School’s Ready, Set, Go Theater Company, originally published in serial segments on You Tube. You will see Intelligence, a short feature by Emmy Award winning screenwriter David Smilow; Taha Awadallah’s memoir of his mother’s life in Palenstine, Video portraits by David McDonald and recent music videos by last year’s festival favorite Danielle Katvan.
Guest curators are contributing works from:
- The Best of Reel Teens, a ten year international series of short films made by teenagers.
- Documentaries and fiction films from CineHaiti, film students’ original screenplays and reportage from an inside perspective as this country’s real life unfolds around them;
- The Best The Athens Animation Festival, international shorts with a social message;
- US Artists $50,000 Fellowship winner, Jacqueline Goss, a Tivoli documentary filmmaker with selections of students’ and recent graduates’ work from Bard College’s Film and Electronic Arts Department.
Each screening is followed by a talk with the filmmakers, curators, actors, directors, animators and screenwriters.
Admission to the Catskill Film and Video Festival is only $5 suggested donation, for two afternoons of cinematic art you won’t see anywhere else. Most screenings are appropriate for audiences under 18, however parental advisories will be listed when necessary in the program notes.
Jared Handelsman, Sunstream, video still
The Glow Show is a trail of light-based works exploring the experience of light as a transformational element. New York City and Hudson Valley artists utilize sidewalks, storefront windows, and building facades as viewing surfaces, many works created for site specific installations along Catskill’s 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street. Tours start and end at theUnionMillsBuilding,361 Main Street inCatskill,NY on both Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 at 6:30.
At 8 PM, Saturday’s tour ends in a live performance by YOUNG PARIS, Hudson NY’s preeminent rapper. His work summons the ritual of his family’s African origins and mixes it, dance-wise, with the northern QueenCitystylings of modern-dayHudson, starkly urban with an eye to rural sunsets and sunrises. His performances are bright, mysterious, and seriously infectious… with 4 dancers adding to the syncopated glow.
Curator, Jonathan Wang is an interdisciplinary artist who recently moved to Columbia County. His work revolves around popular photographic/video practices and how we experience space. Wang was also the founder and director of FOTO Project Space, a non-profit artist-run photography space inCape Town,South Africathat serves as a flexible platform for township-based artists.
Glow Show exhibitor Charles Lindsay is a cross media artist experimenting with field recordings of nature, camera-less photography, and sculptural installations made from military bits and pieces found on Ebay. Although he was originally trained as a geologist, he spent ten years working as a photojournalist covering environmental issues inSoutheast Asia. Lindsay’s current interests intersect art, science and philosophy in concepts exploring “the singularity, a futurist idea of when artificial intelligence will overtake human biology. Lindsay is the first artist in residence at the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
Filmmaker, Richard Kroehling is known for his innovative storytelling and strong visual sensibility. His films have been screened at film festivals, television networks and art museums around the world including Lars Von Trier’s recent Gesamt project in the 2012 Copenhagen Biennial Art Festival. His credits include a documentary on EINSTEIN for PBS’s American Masters Series, docu-dramas for the TV series CONFESSIONS and a recent high-tech, philosophical thriller THE ERE OF FLESH IS OVER starring James Remar. In Catskill, Kroehling is showing an experimental video, throbbing with saturated color and imagery collected from vintage motel postcards. The screen oscillates between two different picture planes to create a trance like 3D effect, an ambiguous experience shimmering between now and the past, a real and unreal place.
Other exhibitors include Jordan Albaugh’s project exploring the landscape of video games; Jared Handelsman’s mediatative Sun Stream video capturing the chromatic, pixelating play of light and water; Laetitia Hussain’s blinking Morse code language, with additional work by Cheryl Bentley, Christian Hali, Kenji Suzuki, Jonathan Wang, Tuguldur Yondonjamts, and more.
Walking Tours: Saturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3, 6:30PM, meet at the Union Mills Building,361 Main St,Catskill,NY.
Call the Greene County Council on the Arts for more information 518/943-3400.