Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cauleen Smith @ The Kitchen, July 1st, 8pm


Cauleen Smith is one of my favorite filmmakers/visual artists. Seriously, if I had to be stuck on a film set for the rest of my life, I would want to be on her set--I'd always be seeing, hearing, and learning something new. If someone told me she'd made a film about paint drying, I'd be first in line to get a seat. She would undoubtedly communicate something surreal, playful, and surprising in her realization of this commonly tedious reality (pictured right, still from I Want to See My Skirt)

But I don't have to wait for a Twilight Zone/Groundhog Day episode to take over my life, or for someone to commission a film about a blank wall in need of a touch up. Nope. Cauleen Smith is on her way to NYC to premier her latest film, The Fullness of Time, at The Kitchen to be followed by a conversation between herself and the film's executive producer Paul Chan (Waiting for Godot in New Orleans). The screening is part of The Kitchen's The Future As Disruption exhibition of film, sculpture, painting, and photography curated by Rashida Bumbray and Matthew Lyons.

The premise of the film continues Carbonist School co-founder Smith's interest in black futurist postulations and science fictions, with a "sister-from-another-planet" traveling to Earth to study its ways and landing in post-Katrina New Orleans. The film was shot on location in New Orleans and Smith collaborated with New Orleans writer/educator Kalamu ya Salaam and Students At the Center. I'm not going to restate the description from the flyer, so for more information click the image below or check out the The Kitchen's webpage.
Also, check out a clip from the film at the end of this post.


Also, for those hardcore Afrofuturists out there Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar, Kodwo Eshun, and Richard Couzins) is screening at 7pm.

The Fullness of Time dir. Cauleen Smith
The Future As Disruption
The Kitchen

512 West 19th Street @ 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-255-5793
Google map
8pm
FREE

Subway & PATH:
• C, E to West 23rd@ 8th Ave, walk over and up to 19th & 10th Ave
• 1 to West 23rd@ 7th Ave or West 18th@ 7th Ave, walk over and up to 19th & 10th Ave
• F,V to West 23rd @ 6th Ave (Ave of the Americas) walk over and up to 19th & 10th Ave
• PATH to West 23rd @ 6th Ave, then same as F, V above

Endnote:
• More on Cauleen Smith from Tribeca Film Institute
• The Cauleen Smith and poet A. Van Jordan (Cave Canem, again!) collaboration, I Want to See My Skirt, inspired by the images of Malian photographer Malik Sidibé, details from Code Z, and a review of the exhibit from Glasstire: Texas visual art online.
Review of Smith's NTSC in the Austin Chronicle (Smith was previously on faculty in film production at UT/Austin)
Afrogalactic Postcards, a collaborative online project funded by NBPC (National Black Programming Consortium) on which Smith was one of the producers.
(pictured l-r, the Afrogalactic postcard producers: Smith, Sergio Mata'u Rapu, Naimah Fuller, Dr. Steeve Coupeau (yes with two "e's"))



Clip from the The Fullness of Time



Cauleen Smith's The Green Dress: Chapter I (pictured above the NBPC photo, a still image from this video installation--originally shot on 35mm film)


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