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CATALOGUE (THE SERIES): SHORT FILMS BY DANA BERMAN DUFF

Saturday, September 30 at 8 PM  

Doors 7:30 pm; $5 admission.

“Catalogue” is a series of eleven 16mm films and videos that consider the time it takes to look at desirable objects; in this case, the objects for sale in a mainstream furniture catalogue of designer knock-offs. The catalogue presents de-saturated photographs of staged rooms shot and printed to resemble sets for film-noir era movies. This mediation hypothetically increases the objects’ desirability by picturing them in a nostalgic historical moment that is, in fact, fictional. In these pictures, copies of designer furniture are indistinguishable from original pieces. Each film in the series takes one volume of the 11-volume mail order catalogue as its subject and present a variety of schemes and formats for looking at things.

International screenings include the Toronto International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, ExIS (Seoul), Antimatter (Vancouver), San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads Festival, Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Cairo Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales (Paris & Berlin), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Filmmakers Festival (Milan), Tabor Film Festival (Croatia), Onion City Experimental Film Festival (Chicago), LaborBerlin microcinema (Berlin), Dortmund/Cologne International Women’s Film Festival, Seattle Filmforum, Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria), LAM Gallery (Los Angeles), Alchemy Film Festival (Scotland), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles).

A selection of the series will be presented this evening. Catalogue available with essays by S.E. Barnet, PhD, and Harriet Warman.

“… This black-and-white silent triumph crystallised the overarching theme of the programme, through its layering of copies.”

—Harriet Warman, in BFI Sight and Sound Magazine at the Edinburgh Film Festival, July 2014

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE! PROGRAM SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS.  

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