The Middle Six Feet & Songs #1-16

Presented by C8FF
Bill Baldewicz  in person!


 Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 pm, $7-10

Filmmaker and artist Bill Baldewicz will be visiting from northern California to present a number of his regular 8mm & double 8mm films, including his regular 8mm film -The Middle Six Feet. This film, along with the SFAI regular 8mm Film Festival, inspired Scott Stark’s essay: The Middle Six Feet: The birth and demise of regular 8mm film and personal cinema. ”…every roll of 8mm film that came back from the lab started and ended with fogs and flares. And if everything wasn’t done properly — perhaps there was too much light when the film was loaded, or maybe it wasn’t advanced far enough before shooting began — the first images were sometimes bathed in a sublime, supernatural light.”

Program Details:
Short Day in Norway, unslit 8mm, 1987, 5 min.
the Middle Six Feet, reg. 8mm, 2001, 6 min.
Windy, unslit 8mm, 1999, 4 min.
Pink Balloon, unslit 8mm,1988, 2 min.
Hammocks Under Western Skies, unslit 8mm, 2001, 3min.
Chicago…Everybody Change, unslit 8mm, 1986/2013, 10 min.


Bill Baldewicz is a multi-media artist who has been creating works in film, photography, studio furniture and video since 1983, after a 12 year career in energy science and engineering. He has made over a dozen 8mm films, and videos. These works have been shown at Bay Area venues, including SF Cinematheque, Capp Street Project, Intersection, New Langton Arts, Falkirk Cultural Center and the SF Art Institute, as well as in New York (MOMA), at Toronto’s “8fest”, and Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo. He has an extensive collection of 8mm cameras and has worked in that format for over 40 years. His highly imaginative furniture constructions blend a wide variety of recycled materials, frequently incorporating photograph imagery on liquid photo emulsion. This work has been in 8 solo and numerous group shows on the West Coast, from San Diego to Washington state. Dozens of his constructions have been commissioned and/or collected on the West Coast, Arizona and the Midwest.

We’ll be screening Songs #1-16 (1966) by Stan Brakhage in regular 8mm!!

“Go, little naked and impudent songs” … into the auditoriums of the world and live … awhile longer.

Portrait of a lady; fire and a mind’s movement in remembering; three girls playing with a ball (hand-painted); a childbirth song; the painted veil via moth-death; San Francisco: Sea creatures; wedding source and substance; sitting around; fires, windows, an insect, a lyre of rain scratches; verticals and shadows caught in glass traps; a travel song of scenes and horizontals; molds, paints and crystals.



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