March 24 2015 – Recycled Cinema

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7PM at the Brattle Theatre

Recycled: Reconstructions of Place and Memory
Experimental film program
Total running time: 68 minutes + Q&A
Buy tickets ($11 regular / $9 students and seniors)

Filmmakers Lei Lei, Hope Tucker, and Tzuan Wu will attend in person for Q&A

Program Description: 
In 2009, the Beijing-based archivist and artist Thomas Sauvin salvaged over half a million discarded negatives from a recycling plant on the outskirts of the city. Sauvin processed, archived, and curated selections of these photographs in a project called Beijing Silvermine. The images were taken between 1985 and 2005, a period of tremendous social and economic change in mainland China, as well as the height of consumer film photography in the region.

From 2011 to 2012, a collaboration between Sauvin and the Chinese animator Lei Lei led to the creation of RECYCLED, an experimental video work that animates over 3000 of the Beijing Silvermine photos, reconstructing anonymous memories of place and personal history in China over a 20 year timespan.

Crows & Sparrows has partnered with the experimental screening series Balagan to co-present a program that takes RECYCLED as its point of departure. The screening will include a selection of works from filmmakers who explore innovative formal approaches in their reconstructions of place and memory.

Films include:

RECYCLED
Lei Lei and Thomas Sauvin
5’30, 2013, HD, China
Filmmaker in attendance!

HANDFUL OF DUST
Hope Tucker
9’, 2013, HD, US
Filmmaker in attendance!

THE PERSON
Tzuan Wu
13’48, 2014, HD, US/Taiwan
Filmmaker in attendance!

PALIMPSEST
Daniel Boos
9’, 2014, HD, Canada

SUMMER OF 1969
Cao Kai
8’, 2002, SD, China

REWARDS
Mariya Nikiforova
4’30, 2014, 16mm, US

VERSES
James Sansing
4’, 2012, 35mm, US

SELVES NO.2 (LT13)
Douglas Urbank
3’, 2014, 16mm, US

TRAINS ARE FOR DREAMING
Jennifer Reeves
7’, 2009, 16mm, US

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