June 2016, living archive

This Month's Filmmakers' Choice


Our next event Filmmakers' Choice session on June 13 addresses strategies for measuring location in film: Four films put together by Constanze Fischbeck and Daniel Kötter range from the structuralist experimental film to ethnographic documentary. They center on the contingency of a real location in relationship to the cinematic construction of space and time. While Chris Kennedy measures the Credit River in rural Ontario, Clemens von Wedemeyer transforms seemingly diffuse research material on housing estates on the outskirts of Leipzig into a strictly composed reflection about transformations of urban space after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The spatial and social conditions of the "Polish market" on Potsdamer Platz in 1989 forced Emie Gehr to adopt an indirect strategy to document upheaval and change. The improvisational use of the camera was a means for Robert Fenz to depict New York and reflect on urban revolution itself.