Film/video 1990 – 1999

IF YOU STAND WITH YOUR BACK TO THE SLOWING OF THE SPEED OF LIGHT IN WATER

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IF YOU STAND WITH YOUR BACK TO THE SLOWING OF THE SPEED OF LIGHT IN WATER 
16mm sound 18 mins 2004 
“The superb IF YOU STAND WITH YOUR BACK TO THE SLOWING OF THE SPEED OF LIGHT IN WATER begins as a study of various kinds of motion. Images from an aerial tram leaving Manhattan are followed by images of a nearly static bird, of bugs fighting, and of light bending as it passes through glass. Near the film’s end the tram lands in Manhattan, as if it had reversed direction; as in all of Murray’s films, the images and the editing can pull several ways at once. There are no absolutes, and even the light by which we see is altered by the material it passes through.”
– Fred Camper
“(It) show(s) an extraordinary sensitivity to the sensual, rhythmic and connotative qualities of image and sound, whether purloined or created, and establishes her as a masterful editor and a visionary filmmaker.”
– Chris Gehman
The film aims to illuminate a vital sense innate to perception where inversion is counterbalance and focal myopia the articulation of space. J.M.
 
Rental: Canyon Cinema, USA   Lightcone, Paris  CFMDC

ANATHEMA
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ANATHEMA  16mm sound 7 mins 1995 
       ANATHEMA, a found-footage montage, is a string of baroque gestures by figures seemingly connected and intent on some inscrutable process with the suggested promise of brilliant alchemical revelation within the physics of decay.  The collage above (Nurse Fire (2000), paper, 10″ x 8″, left) stands in place of a still for the film. While not an image in the film itself, it is nevertheless contained within the soul of the film. It also exists as a postcard within a set published with Ann Arbor Film Festival’s DVD Vol 3  
 
Rental: Canyon Cinema, USA,     Lightcone, Paris

CONSCIOUS
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CONSCIOUS 16mm silent 10 mins 1993 
In this montage a melding of camera original and found material hints at a realization which is evident only in the fissures of splintered associations. Obscured among visceral absurdities and lightweight witticisms there seeps a viscera, an acrid recollection, coiled among the intangibles of puzzled shadows.
Rental: Canyon Cinema, USA   Lightcone, Paris