Nov. 20th – Scott Stark’s THE REALIST

November 20th, 2013
AFS Screening Room (map)
$5 / $8 / ERC Pass
(Buy tickets here)

Experimental Response Cinema and the Austin Film Society are proud to present an evening of recent films and videos by Scott Stark, including the widely acclaimed The RealistThe Realist is an experimental and highly abstracted melodrama, a “doomed love story” storyboarded with flickering still photographs, peopled with department store mannequins, and located in the visually heightened universe of clothing displays, fashion islands and storefront windows. It has already screened in many highly regarded festivals around the world including the Toronto Film Festival, the NY Film Festival, the London Film Festival and many others. Come see the Austin premiere with Austinite Scott Stark in person! A reception will follow the screening.


7 min / 35mm / sound / 2012
Worldly surfaces, shifting shadows and overlooked patterns: a series of short 35mm films generated from digital still images and printed onto movie film. The top and bottom half of each image alternate in the projector gate, and the images are arranged in a dizzying array of rhythms and patterns. The images also bleed onto the optical soundtrack area of the film, generating their own unexpected sounds. Winner: Best Experimental Animation, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2012

7 min / 35mm / sound / 2012
Hand-printed sections from 35mm movie trailers create a chaotic and densely layered retelling of Hollywood form. Loosely about desire, fear of coupling, and the consequences of moving forward, with results both catastrophic and ecstatic.

16 min / digital / sound / 2010
Excited football fans move through a visually kinetic space in slow motion toward their goal. First Prize Juror’s Award, Black Maria Film Festival, 2011

40 min / digital / sound / 2013
Music by Daniel Goode
The Realist is a soaring visual romp peppered with turgid melodramatic moments, flickering visual rhythms that border on abstraction, and seductive images of commercial products with their dubious promises of physical nourishment and fashionable allure. In the process, It examines our own relationship to consumerist culture: we see in these commercial displays idealized, pre-packaged renderings of our own needs, desires and identities. Perhaps on some level we, too, communicate and define ourselves in the same way that the mannequins do; we are what we buy. – Scott Stark


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