Friday, April 13, 2007 at 8 pm Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY Tickets $7 general - $5 students and seniors - $4 members
Carpetbagger film artist Mark Street and Buffalo cognoscenti THE REAL DREAM CABARET and members of the OPEN MUSIC ENSEMBLE join forces to meditate on climate change, that elusive inside/outside chasm, and how this city can be read differently depending on your vantage point. This rollicking, untamed evening of live performance, film and music will include interviews conducted on city streets about global warming, madcap anachronistic vignettes, hand painted 16mm film footage, archival images of the ‘77 blizzard, sublime and winsome footage of the Ohio St. bridge and a short movie of a former resident rediscovering a love of bowling first discovered on the Polish East Side in the late 1960’s.
Brooklyn-based MARK STREET is this year’s Hallwalls Arts Residency Project media artist in residence. Street’s works have screened at: Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum, Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Festival du Cinema Nouveau, Montreal, Oberhausen Film Festival, Viennale International Film Festival, Vienna,VIPER Film Festival, Zurich, European Media Arts Festival, Pacific Film Archive, SF Cinematheque, San Francisco International Film Festival, NY Underground Film Festival, Reel NY, CH 13 WNET NY, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival. “My work ranges from abstract hand-manipulated pieces to work that involves found footage, to feature length improvised narratives. Each film attempts to investigate new terrain, and avoids being confined by a specific look or mood....I like to work the surface of film to create rich visuals which I shape in a very intuitive, personal way. Since I started making films in 1983 I've always gone back to painting, bleaching and marking frames one by one; I'm exhilarated by this tactile relationship with film material. I like the way these abstract films allow the viewer to be drawn into unfamiliar worlds ... My interests in film and videomaking are restless and peripatetic. I've made films about the American flag, soft-core pornography, a Brooklyn walk, a trip to Mexico, day-to-day life in Tampa, Florida and three high school girls celebrating their graduation. Each new project sends me spinning in a new direction. Because I reject the constraints of traditional production values and develop my own process for each new film, any subject seems possible.”