1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

PETER HUTTON

Swimming in the Valley of the Moon
White Light Cinema and the Nightingale
present Three Films by Peter Hutton

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, November 20th, 7 pm, $7-10

This year, the experimental film world lost one of its keenest eyes.

Peter Hutton was an elegant ruffian, a casual radical, insistent on looking deeply, on seeing as seeking, on stilling oneself and attuning one’s sense of time to match the place. The films tonight, like most of his oeuvre, are presented in silence.

Hutton’s films find their place in the trajectory of landscape art. The twin artistic influences that dominated Hutton’s early creative life were East Asian aesthetic philosophies and his experience as a merchant marine. He remarked often that this trained him to see. It was a skill that he continued to hone over four and a half decades. He worked slowly: shooting and exploring, watching and re-watching, maintaining and honing a clarity of vision as patient as it was explorative. His films are transportive—not simply to the times and places of their making, but for our senses of seeing. This work is gorgeous—it can make celluloid fetishists of the most hardened viewer—and leaves the viewer in a state of grace, unencumbered by trying to explain its virtues. In addition to the internal composition and tonality of his images, his film are guided by his dedication to revealing stillness in motion and motion in stillness, a devotion to the poethics of sequence and a trust in both his subjects: those opposite his lens and those before the screen. We are made more patient through his films.

Tonight’s screening features a very early work, made in graduate school, which diaristically traces his life at the time and his Bay Area countercultural milieu; one of the many excellent films he made of the eponymous river over the thirty-plus years he lived in the Hudson River Valley, teaching at Bard; and a city symphony for Łódź in the midst of a transformation. We hope you can join us for this too-rare opportunity to honor the life and work of Peter Hutton. (JM)

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Filed under: 16mm, autobiography, documentary, environmental, experimental, film, travel

A GEOGRAPHY OF ADDRESSES

Films by Josh Weissbach (in attendance!)

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Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm, $7-10 

The place where it happened, where it kept happening, where it only happened once. The walls are this tall and there are this many of them and there are this many doors and windows to exit and enter and stare out of. This is where it is on the map. These are the nearest streets and this is how you’d get from there to here. Here is where it happened next, where it kept happening, where it hasn’t happened yet. Sometimes there aren’t any doors or windows because there aren’t any walls. In describing the place, it becomes fixed as an image, as a string of words.

Examining both domestic and natural spaces, Weissbach seeks sites of trauma, vitality and memory. The specific becomes general and the general becomes specific. Psychological spaces take on architectural terms just as literal spaces begin to shape what happens inside of them.

Weissbach’s films are impeccably composed and paced, with an airiness that allows for both tension and relief. There is an inscrutable intensity to much of the work, using the same breath to express both data and drama, as Jack Webb says just the feelings.

The ghosts find doors in the walls, while the television is stuck on an unhaunted house.

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Filed under: experimental, film, Uncategorized