August 2012, arsenal cinema

Filmmakers' Choice: Ernie Gehr, Larry Gottheim, Peter Hutton, Pat Sullivan

BARN RUSHES, 1971

My first visit to the cinema, around 1970, holding my grandmother's hand at a matinee screening, the cruelty of Laurel and Hardy so incomprehensible to me that I fled out into the blazing sunshine after only a few minutes. "Fantasia" then followed, which I can only remember as a confusing orgy of color and sound. Since then, I have had a healthy respect for cinema as an apparatus that structures time and perception, yet I do sometimes imagine it being transformed into the sort of extravagant, fantastic, random, imaginary, atmospheric, chaotic, fragmentary, complex and ornamental place that it maybe used to be or might yet become. (Martin Ebner) (August 20)