March 19th – Stephanie Barber’s DAREDEVILS


March 19th, 2014
@ Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz (map)
$10 / ERC Pass (Buy Tickets Here)

Add to Calendar 03-19-2014 20:10:00 03-19-2014 22:10:00 11 Stephanie Barber's DAREDEVILS Join us a for a screening of Stephanie Barber's first feature, DAREDEVILS, with the filmmaker in person! $10 / ERC Pass. Full details at 320 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 Experimental Response Cinema false MM/DD/YYYY

This is the first of two screenings with Stephanie Barber. To see JHANA AND THE RATS OF JAMES OLD, click here. DAREDEVILS attendees will also receive a voucher for reduced admission to this second program! (Regular price $10; $3 with DAREDEVILS voucher!)

Experimental Response Cinema and the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz are proud to host a screening of DAREDEVILS, with filmmaker Stephanie Barber in person! Receiving its world premiere at the NY Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde, DAREDEVILS is the first of two screenings featuring Barber’s work. Come see the film described as giving “utterance to the power of cinematic haikus, while juxtaposing three film segments (or lines), and separating them with a kireji. [Barber] belongs to a territory that underscores the subjective and lyrical, a playground of artistic milieu. Her words evolve from the mouths of wounds, often expressed with a smile. Her film manifests an intolerance of rules, exhilarating thinking, and commercial disobedience, through two monologues, a dialogue, and a song.” (Lumiere Magazine)

“Here, the excitement of ideas, and of seeing, functions like the rising and falling of serotonin levels, moments of ecstasy leading to inevitably painful ends. Moments bend within that split second when happiness turns into melancholy on contact with the intellect.”  (The Brooklyn Rail)

85 minutes / digital / sound / 2013
A portrait of risk and language, the experimental narrative DAREDEVILS, presents a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language—a dialog, two monologues and a song.
Starring KimSu Theiler, Flora Coker & Adam Robinson and featuring the voices of Susan Howe and Jenny Graf, DAREDEVILS constructs a metaphor of an artist’s life and work as daredevilry.
The piece sits gently between video art, narrative and poetic essay. The classic rising action, climax and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.

Stephanie Barber is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Many of her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language. They ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of play, emotionalism, story, and humor.

Barber’s films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY, The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Her essays, stories and poems have been published in books, magazines and online journals. DAREDEVILS is her first feature.

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