Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chick Strand - Senses and Sensibilities

The Festival du nouveau cinéma and the Double Negative Collective present the work of Chick Strand.

Chick Strand, who died at 77 in 2009, is one of the most important figures in U.S. experimental and poetic filmmaking. Strand co-founded Canyon Cinema in northern California in the early 1960s, made almost twenty films and nurtured a generation of experimental filmmakers through her teaching. Her intimate, sensual camerawork and profound exploration of women’s personal and domestic worlds make her approach to poetic documentary absolutely unique. Filmed in both the United States and Latin America, these works are provocative and lyrical explorations of what it means to be a woman, a worker, a wife and, most of all, a human being.

Our first series includes the sensual shorts Waterfall (1967), Kristallnacht (1979), Fever Dream (1979) and the extraordinary, controversial Soft Fiction (1979), in which five women recount intense experiences of pleasure and/or pain from their pasts, ranging from sexual urges to incest and heroin addiction.

The second series includes Strand’s first released film, Angel Blue Sweet Wings (1966), as well as her first documentary, Mosori Monika (1970), in which she examines the relationship between an indigenous woman and a “civilizing” nun in Venezuela, and several powerful films shot in Mexico (1967-1986) that explore creative and domestic lives, mainly of women. - Irina Leimbacher

Irina Leimbacher will present the screening. She is a curator and film scholar of experimental and nonfiction film. She teaches at Keene StateCollege in New Hampshire, USA.


October 15 at 21H00 / October 16 at 19H15 
Cinéma Paralèlle, 3536, boul. St.-Laurent, Montreal


Chick Strand, décédée l’an dernier à l’âge de 77 ans, fut l’une des plus importantes figures ducinéma expérimental et poétique aux États-Unis. Cofondatrice de Canyon Cinema au début des années 60, elle réalisa près de 20 films et son enseignement fut une source d’inspiration pour toute une génération de cinéastes expérimentaux. Il est peu de dire que ses documentaires poétiques sont absolument uniques, tant par l’approche sensuelle, intime qu’elle adopta, que par l’exploration approfondie des univers féminins qu’elle privilégia. Filmés aux États-Unis et en Amérique latine, elle a su mieux que tout autre, à sa façon provocante et lyrique, définir une femme, un travailleur, une épouse et par-dessus, tout un être humain.

Le premier programme inclut les sensuels Waterfall (1967), Kristallnacht (1979), Fever Dream (1979) et l’extraordinaire et controversé Soft Fiction (1979) dans lequel cinq femmes racontent leurs expériences les plus intenses de plaisir et/ou de souffrance, expériences allant de pulsions sexuelles impérieuses à la dépendance à l’héroïne en passant par l’inceste.

Dans le second programme, on retrouve son premier film, Angel Blue Sweet Wings (1966), son premier documentaire Mosori Monika (1970), sur la relation entre une femme autochtone et une religieuse missionnaire au Vénézuéla, ainsi que plusieurs films tournés au Mexique (1967-1986) qui sont autant de portraits au quotidien, principalement de femmes. - Irina Leimbacher

Irina Leimbacher, programmatrice invitée, présentera la séance. Spécialiste du cinéma expérimental et du documentaire, elle enseigne au Keene State College dans le New Hampshire.


le 15 octobre 21H00 / le 16 octobre 19H15 
Cinéma Paralèlle3536, boul. St.-Laurent, Montreal

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