Weekly Rochester Events #356: Formerly the Collegiate School in Connecticut
Thursday, November 3, 2005
I accidentally spent too much time hacking around with the schedule for The High Falls Film Festival so I didn't have much time to pontificate in an essay. Nonetheless, here's the blog everybody seems to love so much ...
On Friday I stopped at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Les Revenants (They Came Back) which was a fascinating French film about people coming back from the dead and going back to work. Thematically it implied how our memories of people would appear if made real.
See, for everyone I know reasonably well, there's really two people: the one who's real and the pretend one who lives in my head. The doppelganger is an impersonation of what the real person is like — based on my discussions with them, the way they move, and what they say. In fantasy, I can "talk" with that ficticious person and they reflect as much of their real counterpart as they do of myself: the representation is inherently flawed.
In Les Revenants, the invading dead act like these reflections — they're unable to completely be their former individual selves; acting more like the way they're remembered. I can ramble about this rationale ad infinitum but I think the movie does a pretty good job explaining the same thing.
Afterward I popped in to Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) briefly for some coffee and saw a couple guitarists playing ... The City Newspaper listed Steve West and Peter Collin. Anyway, the duo was okay — talented, but I fault them for not feeling the songs they played ... Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard" came out a bit mechanical and up-tempo.
From there I stopped by Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) and heard for a second time in one week the amusing tale of Jon Popick, former The City Newspaper movie reviewer (the one who got hate mail every week for what he didn't like about the movies) versus Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, current writer for The City Newspaper. Basically they had a disagreement over e-mail about local bands on WBER (2596 Baird Rd.) and Popick opted to post it on his site. The amusement comes from both being competent writers contrasted with the absolute pettiness of the whole thing.
On Saturday evening I made it out to A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) to see the new installation there titled When Pulse Becomes Pitch by Andrew Johnson and David Tinapple. It's a pretty clever device. You know the game when you were 6 years old [or drunk] and you repeat what the other person says? Well this is pretty similar except it echoes back similar-sounding foreign-language gibberish. There's a fair amount of amusement to be had with it, and I'm especially curious to see what happens when bands play. Especially the metal show on Thursday.
Sunday I awoke to find myself in standard time again (har har.) That evening I got out to see Alien (The Director's Cut) at the Dryden. In this case, the cut is different from a typical "Director's Cut" in that Ridley Scott feels the original is the definitive version. This one has some extra scenes that were removed originally but restored by Mr. Scott and the entire film re-edited. I thought it was still a pretty creepy movie but the pacing seems much slower than I remember. It continues to amuse me to see what the future of corporations was perceived to be in the past ... I'm not sure if it's what they got right or what they got wrong — maybe just the metaphor between that is so amusing.
Now, you'd think that after sitting around doing nothing the last couple weeks but watching movies that I'd be sick of it, but no ... on Monday I went out once again — this time to The Little (240 East Ave.) to see the 23rd installment of the Emerging Filmmakers Series. The big highlight of the evening was the rather long film (at least for a short film at almost 40 minutes) The Empty Building by Giovanni Sanseviero. It was an amazing piece, speaking of the horrors of our modern lives. The central story involves a man wrestling with his own sexual abuse as a child, played out between himself and himself as a child. Its dreamlike pace and sets kept my attention as the internal "dialog" of the central character was revealed.
On Tuesday I dug in a bit to get started on my next thing: to find creators, originators, and artists around here. I went to the Artist Breakfast Group meeting which I gather is every Tuesday starting around 7:30 or 8 a.m. at the Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) cafeteria, overlooking the arboretum. Antoni Ooto is the faciliator for now and the meeting was very positive and open. It's not the be-all, end-all to what I'm looking for, but I'm glad it's there.
So that was my week. In case you never look to the right column, I wanted to mention that I added a new "Other Projects" page where I'll put links to my other projects. It seems there's a few people looking for those "other" things I do ... no sense keeping them in the dark.
I also want to mention that next Tuesday is election day (despite what other states have done — don't they respect the Sunday holy day of their agrarian, religious citizens who are several days transit from their voting sites?) and that Wednesday is the first day of The High Falls Film Festival. The extra special bonus is that I took the festival calendar and converted it to a tab-separated format which can be imported into most calendar software (and spreadsheets and databases if necessary) and exported it in Apple Macintosh, UNIX/Linux, and DOS/Windows, formats. Enjoy!
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