Monday, June 08, 2020

Blues for James Whitney at Experiments in Cinema, 1-22 June 2020

A film-related post, for want of any literary news. My new film, Blues for James Whitney, screens at this year's Experiments in Cinema. This festival, usually held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this year is online for obvious reasons. The films are screening 1-22 June, and are FREE TO WATCH.

My film is part of a programme called Anxiety and Invocation: Artists' Films from Scotland, and is curated by Richard Ashrowan. The programme also includes new work by Rachel McLean, Duncan Marquiss, Alex Hetherington and others. It's an honour to be part of such a line-up!

You can see the programme here. Select 'Experiment 13'. My film starts just before 30.00, but please watch the whole programme if you can.

Here is some more info about the film:

After completing the series Film Exercises in 1944 - made in collaboration with his brother John - James Whitney (1921-1982) renounced everything but the dot. This radical shift reflected James's interest in Eastern philosophy, where the dot can be interpreted as the fixed point of attention in the meditator's mind (among other things). This new approach to filmmaking resulted in his landmark 1957 film Yantra. Blues for James Whitney is made in response, both as a tribute, and an investigation. 

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