The Films of Robert Schaller
With Robert Schaller in person!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Robert Schaller Nightingale Program

This screening promises to be a luminal adventure in handmade emulsions, homemade pinhole cameras, dance, and rhythm. The work of Robert Schaller is an exploration of the possibilities inherent in the nature of light, lenses, and emulsion that make film work along with a new relationship between filmmaker and instrument. His unique approach produces films that pulsate and crackle with a living surface that reflects the essence of the world. Featuring a trio of triple-projection pieces, along with several other works, this program gives us a glimpse into a practice that denies any division exists between art and science, experiment and pastime, or invention and chance.

Originally from Seattle, WA, Schaller worked at a bio-chemistry laboratory in Germany before pursing an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has taught courses at CU-Boulder, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Toussaint L’Ouverture School of Arts and Social Justice in South Florida, and in 2003 he founded the Handmade Film Institute in order to extend and explore the possibilities of film as an artistic medium. The Institute hosts a weeklong Film Camp every summer at its home base outside of Ward, CO, and in 2008 initiated the Wilderness Filmmaking Expedition, spending a week in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area near Steamboat Springs, CO. In addition to his experimental work, Schaller makes documentary film, composes music, and collaborates with other artists such as dancers and kite makers.

Triangle (16mm x 3, B+W silent, 3 min, 2008)
If Not One and One (16mm x 3, color, sound, 15 min, 1999)
Triptych (16mm x 3, B+W, silent, 3 min, 1996)
Walk (16mm x 2, color, silent, 5 min, 2003)
To The Beach (16mm, color, sound, 10 min, 1998)
Phrase (16mm, B+W, silent, 8 min, 2007)
My Life As A Bee (16 mm color silent, 6 min, 2002)
Mountain Home (16mm color silent, 10 min, 2007)

Very Special Thanks to programmer Jason Halprin.


Filed under: 16mm, experimental, Uncategorized