Sunday, November 30, 2014

End of Empire projection installation at MONO NO AWARE VIII, Brooklyn, NY December 6

Tara and I will be showing our large-scale homage to Kodak at Mono No Aware on December 6. This installation involves 4 formats of projected images to assemble the Kodak Tower. Formats include loops of 16mm, Super-8, 35mm slide and HD Video. All film used is Kodak Ektachrome reversal stock.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Screening in Rochester, NY: MOVIES FROM THE MULTIVERSE

This screening by film performance duo Shades of Fawn (Tara Merenda Nelson and Gordon Nelson) on November 7, 2014 at the Visual Studies Workshop includes a selection of favorite Super-8 and 16mm films made over the years along with some newer films. This screening will include our latest collaboration, SATURDAY NIGHT EXORCIST, a Super-8 sound live projection performance.

Full Program:

A struggle between the positive and the negative
Super 8 and 16mm 

Scarecrow Man
A found footage fiasco, ready-made

A cacophony of zippotone
Super 8 sound

Saturday Night Exorcist
A super-8 mashup, edited live on 2 projectors!
Super 8 

Once upon a time, in Pittsburgh....
16mm w/ live soundtrack

In China
A travel diary on 2 projectors, edited live 
Super 8

60's Teen Dance Party
Psychedelic slow motion freak-out, live sound

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Camera & Sound Work: Otto Piene Interview

I shot this interview with the amazing Otto Piene at his home in Groton, MA on February 8, 2014. I was assisted by Tara Nelson, who asked the questions. The video was commisioned by Senator Brian Tanaguchi and represents a collaboration between Somerville Community Access TV in Somerville, MA and Olelo Community Media in Honolulu, HI. Robbie Omura edited the finished video.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Article: What Was Jefferson Presents...? published in the latest INCITE Journal

Look for my summary of the history of Jefferson Presents... in the latest issue of the great INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. This issue is jam-packed with fantastic articles and provides an excellent guide to the microcinema movement.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Garment District: Nature-Nurture (Sonic Boom Remix) music video

I guided the footage along on this music video for my friends, The Garment District. This version of Nature-Nurture was remixed by one of my heroes, Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.).

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Moving Images >> CUTS AND SUCH (extension) screening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on June 13, 2013

Olivia Ciummo, an amazing artist/filmmaker who I go WAY back with has organized this very cool screening in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, an organization that I am really proud to have been a part of for many, many years. I am showing a new collaborative super-8 film made with Mrs.Tara Nelson that we have called "Sad Mall" which was inspired by various sad malls around the country. The film is accompanied by an original Casio jam that Tara and I made for the film.  Tara is also screening her mind-blowing 16mm film "Hull." Other folks on the program include Olivia Ciummo, Ross Nugent, Ted Kennedy, Jennifer Montgomery & Michael A Morris + TBA!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My super-8 film FEATHER is touring around

After appearances at the Chicago 8: Small Gauge Film Festival and Toronto's 8 Fest, Feather (2008) is now on a mini-tour of the west coast as part of a program entitled Small Poetry: Recent Highlights of the Small Guage Film Festival curated by Karen Johannesen. Screenings will be in San Francisco at Artists Television Access on February 24 and the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles on March 2.

Feather by Gordon Nelson (5 min, Super 8mm, sound with mag stripe, 2008)

Feather is a mysterious cine-transmission obtained via aleatory and collage. The movie begins as a backyard nature film that disobeys logical time. A found-footage psychodrama interrupts without warning and a strange carnival also makes an appearance. The soundtrack was made on a misbehaving old Arp synthesizer. The is my final film made with Kodachrome. (GN)