Jeff Preiss was inspired by the diary films of Jonas Mekas and Warren Sonbert (who was his teacher at Bard College). He began in the early 1980s making silent, semi-narrative works born out of his practice of shooting with his Regular 8mm Bolex on a daily basis. He’s called these works “lyric home newsreels” that aim to “balance ‘home movie’ sentimentality with concerns of formal (and literal) interpretation. He shot one of these short camera rolls, entitled WARREN SONBERT, in 1988. Preiss will be presenting his newest film at MoMA, 14 STANDARD 8mm REELS 1981–1988.
Gartenberg Media has devised and executed a comprehensive plan for furthering Warren Sonbert’s legacy.