Date/Time: 27/11/2006 12:00 am
Every 4th Monday at 7:30pm
279 Church Street, New York
Each month the Film-Makers’ Coop will bring you films curated by its distinguished board of directors, selecting works from their 5,000+ film and new media collection of premiere avant-garde filmmakers from around the world.
Monday November 27 at 7:30 pm
Curated by Marie Losier
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
(1980) 16mm, color, sound, 23 min.
In 1979, Les Blank took a brief detour from his filmic path through traditional American music to film German filmmaker Werner Herzog honoring a vow he claims he made to Errol Morris, A Berkeley student, that he (Herzog) would eat his shoe if Morris ever got off his butt and actually made one of his films he was forever talking about. Stung to action, Morris directed GATES OF HEAVEN, a highly acclaimed film about a pet cemetery — and Herzog, true to his word, returned to Berkeley toconsume one of his desert boots in front of a large audience at the UC Theater. The film reveals an obsessive, self destructive almost superhuman dimension to Herzog that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of. And Herzog adds comment on the value of cinema and the need for a new grammar of images. Definitely the strangest of Blank’s love letters to food, and a major addition to the small shelf of films in filmmaking.
The strength of this definitely unusual little film is Herzog eccentric brilliance which Blank captures as well as he did the singers in DEL MERO CORAZON. — Rick Chatenever, Santa Cruz Sentinel
Jonas Mekas, Friday 13th October, 1995 N.Y.C
(1995) 16mm, b&w, sound, 6 min.
Jonas, Birgit and Anja make a trip to the Brooklyn Bridge. Taxi driving, be buying, drinking, doing funny things and dancing. It was a nice afternoon.
Luv Sux and Then You Die
(1989) 16mm, color, sound, 5 min.
A scratch film set to music by J.J. Cale.
A Man and His Dog Out for Air
(1957) 16mm, b&w, sound, 2 min.
A brilliant and astonishing ballet with unprecedented virtuosity! — Burch, Film Quarterly Selected for eight months run with Last Year at Marienbad premiere in New York
(1979) 16mm, color, sound, 5 min.
A recycled film that playfully explores the space-time continuum as it applies to narrative structure.
“J.J. Murphy’s SCIENCE FICTION, a dazzling five-minute experimental fantasy that at first appears to be a 1950s travelog gone awry, features technical trickery that will impress and bewilder filmgoers and filmmakers.” — Max J. Alvarez, Milwaukee Journal
“The second night’s surprise was J.J. Murphy’s wonderful SCIENCE FICTION. Made from a high school-level film on the effects of relativity, it was Murphy’s insight to manipulate the footage and to add a moment here, delete a moment there.” — Raymond Foery, Downtown Review Awards: First Prize, Great Lakes Film Festival, 1980; NY Filmmakers’ Exposition (tour), 1981; Ann Arbor Film Festival (tour), 1981.
Groscher Lansangriff: Bug Attack
16mm, color, sound, 2 min 30.
A music film made starring the collage version of German musician Felix Kubin. The film and music are about a new law in germany allowing the police to listen in on your phone calls.
(1966) 16mm, b&w, sound, 9-1/2 min
A dramatized social commentary with the horrifying impact of a three-hundred ton chunk of margarine.
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 70 Min.