Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Home Movie Day Rochester, NY

HOME MOVIE DAY 2015 will be held on October 17, 2015 at Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street (corner of Prince St. and University Ave.), Rochester, NY 14607. This event is free and open to the public.

About the event:

Home Movie Day is a worldwide event that invites you to see and share your own home movies with an audience of your community. It's also a chance to discover why it's important to care about home movies and how to care for these precious films.

Bring your Super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films to screen or just come to behold the vast array of fascinating amateur movies in the Rochester area! Students from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House and the Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter at the University of Rochester will be on-hand to perform film inspections and project the films. All films determined to be in good condition will be screened before a live audience. Video (VHS tape) and digital formats (DVD and Quicktime files) are also welcome - please cue tapes ahead of time and limit video clips to 5 minutes.

Each film must be inspected for damage before being run on a projector, so please drop off your
films before the event. Reels may be dropped off at Visual Studies Workshop on Friday, October 16, 2015 between 10AM-6PM or on Saturday, October 17 after 11AM. Early drop off may also be arranged by contacting event organizer Gordon Nelson through email at agordonnelson[at}gmail.com. For more information about Home Movie Day and locations around the world, visit the Home Movie Day Website www.centerforhomemovies.org

Watch a recent CBS Sunday Morning segment about Home Movies and George Eastman’s legacy: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bringing-the-importance-of-home-movies-into-focus/

Schedule & logistics:

Friday, October 16:
10:00AM - 6:00PM
Early check in with your films at Visual Studies Workshop

Saturday, October 17:
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Check in with your films at Visual Studies Workshop
2:00PM - 6:00PM
Home Movie Screening

Friday, April 10, 2015

"End of Empire" Dallas Medianale exhibit reviewed in DMagazine

"the Nelsons’ piece is the highlight of the show. It consists of four projectors – a 16 mm, super 8 mm, video and slide projectors – each projecting on the wall a piece of an image of the Kodak headquarters in Rochester, New York. The result is a static image that is also a composite collage of mediums.

You don’t need the reference in title to immediately think of Andy Warhol’s film Empire. Like Warhol’s work, the Nelsons’ piece takes up questions implicit to the nature of film – the way filmic documentation transforms time into an abstraction, for instance – while also exposing the contingency of cinematic aesthetics on technology and economics. Ephemerality is built into the piece; the 16 mm and 8 mm celluloid will gradually deteriorate during the work’s life and eventually there won’t be any film stock being produced to restore or replace it. That active deterioration almost makes the projectors themselves feel like a kind of assemblage sculpture, while it is also directly relates the entire piece to the allegorical reference of Kodak’s towering corporate headquarters. There’s a wonderful irony here: the art work isn’t merely presenting an image, but is participating in a temporality that is directly related to the ephemeral nature of economic power, the use-and-dispose capitalistic life cycle symbolized by the conglomerated image of architectural monumentality."

excerpt from "Even if You Can’t Pronounce the Name, the Dallas Medianale Demands to Be Seen"

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 and Andy Warhol 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 recorded this interview with the amazing Otto Piene at his home in Groton, MA on February 8, 2014. I was assisted by Tara Merenda Nelson, who conducted the interview. The video was commisioned by Senator Brian Tanaguchi of Hawaii 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.

UPDATE: Sadly, Otto Piene passed away on July 17, 2014. It was such a great honor to have been able to spend a day with him at his home.  He was an extremely generous and kind host.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Article: What Was Jefferson Presents...? published in INCITE Journal Issue #4 EXHIBITION GUIDE

Look for my summary of the history of Jefferson Presents... in the great INCITE Journal of Experimental Media Issue #4 Exhibition Guide. This issue is jam-packed with fantastic articles and provides an excellent guide to the microcinema movement.