Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
Persistence of Revision
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Ross Lipman, a leading film preservationist, presents an evening of archival cinema and discussion. Known for his acclaimed restorations of films like Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Barbara Loden’s Wanda, Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles, and works by Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Shirley Clarke, Bruce Conner, Kenneth Anger, and John Cassavetes, Lipman has also written a series of essays since the 1990s on the art of restoration, a field he calls “the Gray Zone.” Tonight, drawing examples from his recent projects, he will speak about the practice and theory of contemporary moving image restoration, reflecting on its urgent debates and philosophical challenges.
"Just as cinema is created from still images that our mind reconstructs as continuous motion, recorded history is constructed from random moments woven into narratives by strings of memory," Lipman notes. "These strings double as the fabric of archival artworks—illusions indistinguishable from a reality that can’t be defined.”
At the heart of tonight's program will be Lipman's multimedia presentation “Passing Shadows," which tells the story of the explosive collaboration between Cassavetes and Charles Mingus, a historic attempt to bridge musical and cinematic improvisation. Through an integration of film clips, texts, rare archival audio, and still photographs, it examines the artists' unique approaches to composition in their respective forms, illuminating the oppositional nature of jazz to mainstream cultural production and, in turn, the complexities of race relations in 1950s America.
Tickets - Pay-what-you-wish ($7 suggested donation), available at door.
Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm.