Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 8pm
Come Softly - "Be Continuous Often"
Walking Picture Palace at Light Industry

Curated by Mark McElhatten

Films by Lewis Klahr, Julie Murray, Luther Price, Miranda Raimondi, Stom Sogo, Phil Solomon, Scott Stark, and others, with several world premieres and surprises.

“I take my oath and I make my vow / For the tender things are upon me now.”
- Tom Verlaine, "1880 or so"

A quincunx of succulents
Subtle colors and forms
Succinct in dust.

Appropriate the pot
Assigned set each
For spill into Other

Always my core dream
Winding a garden
Secret in every sense.

- Ronald Johnson, from The Shrubberies

So the tune which is there has a little piece to play. And the exercise is all there is of a fast. The tender and true that makes no width to hew is the time that there is question to adopt.


Cadences, real cadences, real cadences and a quiet color. Careful and curved, cake and sober, all accounts and mixture, a guess at anything is righteous, should there be a call there would be a voice.

- Gertrude Stein, from Tender Buttons

Whittle me, I will shave down and husk,
I will rustle and snare
like a blind
rabbit twists eyeing Eden.

I will glisten.

I will clasp.

Tarpaper – huckleberry- turpentine and tin.
Radiant shimmers and razor straps
Look at where you are.
In there.

In there where I used to think nothing should ever be.
Where you should be, taking my pulse and bright honor

(seizures start…)
rifleshots and bleating lambs

sound of lambs
where there are no lambs.

- Darcy Shreve, from The Undertaker’s Pillow Book

Images and text for Scott Stark’s Speechless

The hallucinated childhood, the painted veil (described by Shelley), the natural world, the mirage ahead, underfoot and beneath the skin. What are we made of? Sugar and snails hammers and nails, bliss and rue, ten thousand layers of the onion. Wandering the earth from the dustbowl to the marble index, from stardust to dust we shall become.

Presenting work old and new. World premieres: Speechless by Scott Stark, fearless symmetries of labia and landscape; YSBRYD by Julie Murray, a liebestod from the secret life of slugs. Epistles and remixes from afar by Stom Sogo, mosaic musicals and indelible ink from Luther Price, immersive blues from Miranda Raimondi, confectionary archeology and slices of Permian strata from Lewis Klahr, outtakes and clips from unnamed sources, intakes from the ghostlands from Phil Solomon, twice told fragments and hushed surprises. – MM

Mark McElhatten has been a curator of film and video since 1977. He is co-founder and co-curator of the annual "Views From the Avant-Garde" programs at the New York Film Festival, now in its 12th year, and has been the film archivist for Martin Scorsese since 1998. He has programmed "House of Instants" "Films That Can't Be Told" and other experimental programs at the International Film Festival Rotterdam for the last 11 years and presented a 10-part exhibition of the films of Stan Brakhage at IFFR in 2001, which was reprised at the National Gallery in Washington. McElhatten also programmed for the Torino Film Festival in Italy as well as other festivals around the world. McElhatten continues to present The Walking Picture Palace, a "nomadic" and expanding series of programs that began in 1994. McElhatten programmed close to one hundred programs for the Whitney Museum of American Art's "The American Century Part II' and has been a film consultant for the Whitney Biennial. He has held key curatorial positions at New York's Collective for Living Cinema, The American Museum of the Moving Image and Boston's Brattle Theater. He was the acting program director of the San Francisco Cinematheque for several calendars in 1986. One of his most characteristic programs, "God Doesn't Care What Movies I Watch," was a seven hour film, video and performance marathon presented at the San Francisco Cinematheque in 1991 consisting of films of all genres and improvised selections. He has held guest teaching positions at Bard College and taught film history, theory and production at the State University of New York for four and half years. As a film student he studied with Ken Jacobs, Stan Brakhage, Peter Kubelka, Tom Gunning, P. Adams Sitney, Fred Camper and Larry Gottheim. He has contributed cinematography for many experimental films and some films from his selected filmography include Specialities of a Residency Above the Clouds, Ember, Passing Resemblance, and Submersion of the Temple. He has written for magazines in the US such as Film Comment, and for European publications on Andy Warhol, Ken Jacobs and Lewis Klahr, amongst others. Since 2005 he has been touring the country with the works of Mark LaPore and is currently working on a chapter of a book about foreign filmmakers who have worked in India. And after presenting a four-part series on the films of Paolo Gioli at the Hong Kong Film Festival, McElhatten will be organizing a new touring program of Gioli's work in 2008/9.

Tickets - $6, available at door.