In a moving video letter to curator John Hanhardt, LETTER TO JOHN FROM JONAS (1999), in which he stresses the need for Anthology Film Archives to resist the option of merging with the Guggenheim Museum, Jonas Mekas discusses the shift away from Anthology's role as the sole preservationist of experimental cinema, and, by example, the important work of Jon Gartenberg’s preservation of Warren Sonbert’s estate following Sonbert’s untimely death in 1995.Read More
In his capacity as Experimental-Film Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival,
Jon Gartenberg selected two films for TFF 2011 that, we are proud to announce,
have received U.S. distribution and are currently playing around the country -
Bill Morrison's THE MINERS' HYMN from Icarus Films &
Marie Losier's THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE from Adopt Films.
Bill Morrison's THE MINERS' HYMNS (2011)
The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Using rarely-seen footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other archives, THE MINERS' HYMNS celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry. Focusing on the Durham coalfield located in northeastern England, it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of Trade Unions in organizing and fighting for workers' rights, the years of increased mechanization and the annual Miners' Gala in Durham.
• In U.S. Distribution through ICARUS FILMS.
• Theatrical Run begins on February 8th, 2012 at New York's FILM FORUM.
• US Release / DATE AND THEATRES.
Marie Losier's THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE (2011)
An intimate, affecting portrait of the life and work of ground-breaking performance artist and music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centered around the daring sexual transformations the pair underwent for their “Pandrogyne” project.
• In U.S. Distribution through ADOPT FILMS.
• Theatrical Run begins on March 8th, 2012 in NYC at the CHELSEA CINEMAS.
• US Release / DATE AND THEATRES.
Tassilo Adam photograph © Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
Daniel Eagan on Smithsonian.com blogged:
"Jon Gartenberg showed excerpts from films shot by Tassilo Adam in the Dutch East Indies in the 1920s. Although preserved digitally, the material had the lustrous sheen of the nitrate on which it was originally filmed. Adam filmed with the cooperation of authorities, who staged processions and gatherings for his camera. Nevertheless, his footage shows a considerably more sophisticated vision of Bali than other films of the period."
For the full Reel Culture blog posting, read here.
Tribeca Film Festival Programmer Jon Gartenberg partners with the Women's Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television. Dating from 1950 to 1984, these 11 short films contain experimental narratives, personal documentaries, and abstract animation from the likes of Mary Ellen Bute, Storm de Hirsch, Faith Hubley, and Marie Menken, as well as contemporary voices of living female artists. Asserting the contributions of women filmmakers in the canon of the American experimental avant-garde, this program also celebrates 15 years of direct financial support for preservation of historically under-recognized films by women through the Women's Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television.
Featured in the program: Pastorale (1950, dir. Mary Ellen Bute), Divination (1964, dir. Storm de Hirsch), Windy Day (1967, dir. Faith Hubley), Zenscapes (1969, dir. Marie Menken), Anything You Want to Be (1971, dir. Liane Brandon), Homage to Magritte (1974, dir. Anita Thacher), Michigan Avenue (1973, dir. Bette Gordon), Coney (1975, dir. Caroline Ahlfors Mouris, Frank Mouris), Desire Pie (1976, dir. Lisa Crafts), Remains to be Seen (1983, dir. Jane Aaron), and Bent Time (1984, dir. Barbara Hammer). Special thanks to Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Emily Hubley, The Museum of Modern Art Department of Film, Cecile Starr, and the individual filmmakers for their participation.
Tribeca Talks: Join us for a conversation with an eclectic group of women filmmakers who helped shape avant-garde cinema. Panelists to include: directors Liane Brandon, Lisa Crafts, Barbara Hammer, Jane Aaron, Bette Gordon, as well as Bute films curator/collector Cecile Starr, animator Emily Hubley, and Tribeca's experimental film programmer Jon Gartenberg. Moderated by Drake Stutesman, Co-Chair of The Women's Film Preservation Fund and editor of Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.
Learn more about the directors in ths program
Read more about the films and filmmakers in this program:
Jane Aaron http://www.janeaaron.com
Liane Brandon http://www.newday.com/filmmakers/Liane_Brandon.html
Mary Ellen Bute http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Bute.htm
Lisa Crafts http://www.lisacrafts.com/
Bette Gordon http://www.handsomeharrythemovie.com/
Barbara Hammer http://www.barbarahammer.com
Emily Hubley http://www.emilyhubley.com
Anita Thacher http://www.anitathacher.com
Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
FELLOW TRAVELER: THE CINEMA OF WARREN SONBERT
The Harvard Film Archive has recently acquired the entire experimential film collection of Warren Sonbert (1947-1995), through a preservation project organized by Jon Gartenberg. For more information, go to: http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/