Friday, November 7, 2008 at 8pm
Films by Matt McCormick

Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick comes to Light Industry, presenting a collection of recent works, including the brand-spanking new Light Tiger Eye, as well as The Problem with Machines that Communicate and clips from his on-going installation project Future So Bright.

The Problem with Machines that Communicate, which made its world premiere at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival, is an experimental narrative that examines three lonely characters interacting with technology in a world that otherwise doesn’t seem to notice them. Don is a custodian who is never taken seriously, George is a very old man exploring the vivid detail of the world around him, and Hazel is an office worker who is desperate to engage in real conversation. But while each struggle with traditional forms of communication, the inadvertent by-products of their loneliness produces entirely new, abstract forms of communication. Features Marty Crandall, Elyse Sewell, and George Andrus.

Future So Bright is an art project mapping and cataloging the abandoned relics of American western expansion. First exhibited at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and recently included in the curated portion of Art Basel Miami Beach, it is a series of film installations that detail and document abandoned structures in the American West. Captured on 16mm film and then transferred to digital video, the images create a visual time capsule of forgotten and disregarded spaces, many of which are quickly being reclaimed by nature or new development.

Also on view will be recent music videos for bands such as The Shins, YACHT, and Sleater-Kinney, as well as miscellaneous tidbits such as PSAs made for MTV and other surprises.

The Problem with Machines that Communicate, 2008, 13 mins
Light Tiger Eye, 2008, 4 mins
Australia (The Shins music video), 2007, 4 mins
Afterglow (Arthur & Yu music video), 2007, 4 mins
It Was a Crushing Defeat, 2007, 7 mins
fifty years later, 2006, 3 mins
Future So Bright, work in progress, 12 mins
See a Penny Pick It Up (Yacht music video), 2007, 4 mins
Past and Pending (The Shins music video), 2003, 5 mins
Jumpers (Sleater-Kinney music video), 2006, 5 mins
The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, 2001, 16 mins
Selection of recent commercials and PSAs, 2006-7, 4 mins
Plus some other stuff.

Matt McCormick is an artist and filmmaker whose success spans both the art and independent film worlds. He has had three films screen at the Sundance Film Festival, has had work exhibited at Art Basel, the Moscow Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art, and his film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal was named a "Top 10 Film of 2002" by both Artforum and the Village Voice. He has also directed music videos for The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, and YACHT, while also collaborating on projects with artists such as Miranda July, James Mercer, Patton Oswalt, and Calvin Johnson. Matt also won a 2007 Rosey Award for a series of global warming public service announcements he directed for MTV. His work crosses mediums and defies genre distinctions to fashion witty, abstract observations of contemporary culture and the urban landscape. A collection of Matt’s music and sound recordings titled Very Stereo was released in 2007 by Marriage Records, and his photography and installation work is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Matt is also the founder of both the internationally recognized video distribution label Peripheral Produce and the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival, Portland’s premiere event for experimental, documentary, and otherwise obscure contemporary cinema.

Tickets - $6, available at door.