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Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video Series
Presented by the UWM Department of Film

The Agonal Phase
a new video by Jennifer Montgomery with the filmmaker in person

The Agonal Phase
(2010, HD video, 44 minutes)

"In the aftermath of a death things may seem very quiet, but there are struggles going on so deep not even those who struggle can recognize them. This film looks and listens for signs of those struggles. Psychoanalytic interjections consider the nature of time and rumination, and are used to step outside of the terribly interiorized state of mourning."
- J. Montgomery

"The agonal phase: the visible events that take place when life is in the act of extricating itself from protoplasm too compromised to sustain it any longer. They are like some violent outbursts of protest arising deep in the primitive unconscious raging against the too-hasty departure of the spirit; no matter its preparation by even months of antecedent illness, the body often is reluctant to agree to the divorce."
- Sherwin Nuland, from How We Die

from The Agonal Phase by Jennifer Montgomery from Decodings by Michael Wallin
from The Agonal Phase by Jennifer Montgomery

from Decodings by Michael Wallin

screening with...

(1988, b/w 16mm sound, 16 minutes) by Michael Wallin

"Wallin's achievement in Decodings is to create a powerfully inventive work that conveys with dramatic intensity strong feelings of remembrance and loss from images that have been extracted from the culture... Wallin has succeeded in creating from various film sources a work that emphasizes the fragility and ultimate vulnerability of human expression and relationships."
- John G. Hanhardt, Whitney Biennial catalogue, 1989

"Michael Wallin's Decodings is a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory, in this case, found footage from the '40s and '50s... The search for self ends in aching poignancy with stills of a boy and his mother at the kitchen table, catching the moment that marks the dawning of anguish and loss; desire becomes imprinted on that which was long ago."
- Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice

Jennifer Montgomery's film titles include Deliver (2008), Notes on the Death of Kodachrome (2006),Threads of Belonging (2003), Transitional Objects (2000), Troika (1998), Art For Teachers of Children (1995), I, a Lamb (1992), Age 12: Love With a Little L (1990), and Home Avenue (1989). The Agonal Phase recently premiered at the New York Film Festival. These films range from experimental essays to experimental features, and are distributed by Zeitgeist Films, Waterbearer Films, Women Make Movies, and Video Data Bank. Her work has shown at international festivals, as well as the 2008 Whitney Biennial (NYC), MoMA (NYC), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), the ICA (London), and the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis). She has been the recipient of many grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She currently lives in Chicago.

Michael Wallin has been at the nerve center of San Francisco filmmaking since the late sixties, when he studied with Bruce Baillie, James Broughton and Peter Kubelka; he was for years a co-manager of the Canyon Cinema Cooperative. He was a recipient of the 1988 Phelan Art Awards in Filmmaking. Robert Anbian in Release Print described Wallin's films as "intensely personal, autobiographical works [which] seek a kind of metaphoric transformation in the manipulated film image."

The Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video Series is an occasional screening series presented by the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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