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  Experimental Film and Video
Friday, June 24, 7pm $2
Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video series
Presented by the UWM Department of Film
720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee

Filmmaker David Gatten in person with four films from
Secret History of the Dividing Line: A True Account in Nine Parts

Filmmaker David Gatten returns to Milwaukee to present four films from his remarkable nine-film series all plumbed from the library of the Byrd family of 18th Century Virginia. Textured with an exquisite black-and-white palette and with the uncanny intrigues of the hand-made, Gatten's films unfurl the remnants of an archive defiantly persisting in flight. Recalling the poetry of Susan Howe in their intellectual and appropriative play, and in their visual delight, Gatten's genuinely haunting films—they're ghost stories after all—map the distance between the moving image and the printed page while limning the boundary between the legible and the otherly readable.

(All work to be presented on 16mm; all films are silent.)

MOXON'S MECHANICK EXERCISES, OR, THE DOCTRINE OF HANDY-WORKS APPLIED TO THE ART OF PRINTING (1999, 26 min.)
This handmade film, with its images generated almost entirely from cellophane tape, is a meditation on the development of the printing press and its role in the spread of Christianity throughout Europe, the relationship between words and images, the poetics of translation, the fine line between the legible and the illegible, and the passage of the soul through the material world.

THE ENJOYMENT OF READING, LOST & FOUND (2001, 14 min.)
A closely watched candle and an invitation to the dance. William Byrd booms among his books while Evelyn keeps to a quiet window; the volunteer fire brigade sorts through the ashes and Isaac Goldberg tells it like it is. Who read what; when, and why?

SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE (2002, 20 min.)
Paired texts as dueling histories; a journey imagined and remembered.

THE GREAT ART OF KNOWING (2004, 37 min.)
On either side of a Life find a Library before and an Auction after: consider these figures as the sites for a collection created for the purposes of division and dispersal. The journey this time moves from the first light at dawn to the last rays of a sunset, reflected and refracted. Find yourself resting uneasily half way up the stairs: Something has left the body, yet the body remains: what has left is on its way Elsewhere but cannot help but look back: this look animates the world and makes possible this Theory of Flight in the form of a bibliography.

Presented by the UWM Department of Film, with thanks to Ariana Hamidi


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