An Evening with Phil Solomon

With Phil Solomon in person!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Colorado-based filmmaker Phil Solomon, presents a very special program about his collaborations and friendship with Stan Brakhage. In addition to films Solomon and Brakhage made together and a few solo Brakhage films, Solomon will also be sharing some tantalizing rarities.

Since the late 1970s, Solomon has been crafting visually stunning works, first in 16mm and now in digital video. His early films were mesmerizing tactile landscapes of crackled emulsion, which complimented the complicated nostalgic tone of his imagery. A sense of longing and inevitable decay gave his work a distinct and unique voice in avant-garde cinema. More recently, Solomon has been mining the rich and evocative images found in the Grand Theft Auto video game series, bypassing the violence of the originals to create mournful eulogies for an end time. Solomon teaches at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he worked alongside the master experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. The two developed a deep friendship and influenced each other’s work; they also collaborated on several films.

Solomon’s program tonight is presented in the spirit of Brakhage’s legendary salon screenings, where a small group would gather in an intimate space to share in a love for film and in honor of the city where Brakhage spent a large part of his life teaching: the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The program will include (with other unannounced items):
SEASONS… by Phil Solomon and Stan Brakhage (1998, 16 min, 16mm)
CONCRESCENCE by Phil Solomon and Stan Brakhage (1996, 3 min, 16mm)
ROCKET BOY vs BRAKHAGE by Phil Solomon (1973-88, 30 min, 16mm on digital video)
CHARTRES SERIES by Stan Brakhage (1994, 9 min, 16mm)
STELLAR by Stan Brakhage (1993, 3 min, 16mm)

Plus rare footage of Brakhage at work:
Painting downtown (mini dv)
Editing Elementary Phrases with clips (mini dv)

And even rarer footage and audio of Brakhage:
Audio of Stan singing as boy soprano (disc)
Audio of Brakhage at Binghamton, circa 1973 (mini dv)
Video clip compilation from the Sunday salons (mini dv)
Home video excerpts (mini dv)

Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, experimental, film, lecture, video