Watersmith. Courtesy of The Academy

A Survey in Trance: Will Hindle in the Contemporary Avant Garde

Part of Persistent Visions
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room

Introduced by guest curator Becca Keating and with Jennifer Reeves in person
From 1958 to 1976, Will Hindle made ten films. While his work is not as well known as that of some contemporaries within experimental cinema, his ambitious technical prowess and personal, erotic, and psychedelic sensibility has nevertheless illuminated a path for many in the current generation of experimental filmmakers. His expressive visual style, unusual editing, and effects, and his intuitive use of image and sound to activate complex emotional and psychic states characterize a body of work that, while modest in scope, stands among the most distinctive and evocative in the American avant-garde. Two of Hindle’s seminal works, Watersmith(1969) and Saint Flournoy Lobos-Logos and the Eastern Europe Fetus Taxing Japan Brides in West Coast Places Sucking Alabama Air, (1970) will provide a jumping off point for this first iteration of a new ongoing series, Persistent Visions, as we discover how—in addition to Hindle’s own examples—some contemporary experimental filmmakers have explored trance, ritual, and dream states in a uniquely cinematic language. 
Organized by Becca Keating 

Program 1: Bodies in Motion
Saturday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.A stunning portrait of water polo athletes in training, Watersmith is one of Will Hindle’s acknowledged masterpieces. Featuring an intensely nuanced attention to bodies, motion, and space, amplified by Hindle’s hypnotic and ecstatic rephotography effects, Watersmith launches this program in which filmmakers use widely varying approaches and techniques to activate spaces, with a heightened subjectivity that suggest trance states and poetic, emotionally evocative experiences. Total running time: 64 mins. 

Will Hindle. 1969, 32 mins. 16mm.

Trains Are for Dreaming
Jennifer Reeves. 2009, 7 mins. 16mm.

Sounding Glass
Sylvia Schedelbauer. 2011, 10 mins. Digital projection.

Red Mill
Esther Urlus. 2013, 6 mins. 16mm.

Still Life
Bruce Baillie. 1966, 3 mins. 16mm.

If the War Continues
Jonathan Schwartz. 2012, 6 mins. 16mm.

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