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Screening

Stephen Dwoskin

Lost Dreams / Trying to Kiss the Moon
Thu 17.5. - 21:30

This screening takes place thanks to Les Films du Renard and Stephen Dwoskin, and is presented from the DVD edition of 14 Films by Stephen Dwoskin - box 1/3 (www.renardfilms.org).
Stephen Dwoskin
Born 1939, New York City. Studied Parsons School of Design and New York University. Freelance designer, photographer, film director and producer since 1959. One man exhibition of paintings, drawings and film, Redmark Gallery, London 1969. Founder member London Film-makers' Co-op. Screenings include Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto, Lucarno, Pesaro, Mannheim, Oberhausen, Sydney, Melbourne, Hamburg, San Francisco, Turin, Riga. Films broadcast on Channel Four, UK; ZDF-TV, Germany; INA, France; RAdio-Television Suisse Romande, Switzerland; ARTE and La Sept, France. Awards include L'Age D'Or prize, Brussels Film Festival 1982; The Solvey Prize, 4th International Experimental Film Festival, Knokke, Belgium. Lecturer at London College of Printing and Royal College of Art, London; San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University, USA; University of Geneva and l'Ecole Superieure d'Art Visuel, Switzerland. Own publishings include "Film Is..theInternational Free Cinema"(Peter Owen 1975).
Program
Lost Dreams, 2003, 20 min.

Lost dreams is made out of those little remnants of images, from a single glance to a detailed moment, of those women from youth's love and young dreams. They are woven together, like fragments of the mind, and from the ends of film to the corners of the frame, into a memory of them. They are once again embraced and, if only briefly, poetically honoured.

Trying to Kiss the Moon, 1994, 96 min.

This autobiographical film (or Trying to Kiss the Moon) evolves from the perspective of events and images over a period of over 50 years. These events are liberated and interwoven like an inner landscape framing one life, directly and indirectly, all life-connected and film-connected by personal associations and rediscovered fragments. The autobiography is formed from flashes, reflections and memories situated like remnants in an old drawer, box or film can. It is a film where the images both replace and run parallel to text, music and silence. They elaborate and extend the film's intimate and integral form of self and shared expression. The thoughts and anecdotes are presented in a multi-layered, multi-textured display that becomes an extension of the self, and the self as an extension of film. It includes "homemovies" made since 1939, as well as more recent pieces of work, including small sections of incomplete and experimental work, outtakes of finished film pieces, snapshots, extracts of letters, paintings, and impressionistic reconstructions. They are positioned in a nonnarrative structure where pieces fuse continuously, and where it seems as if the past overlaps the present and the present overlaps the past. That is, they are stylized and suggestive representing this single life dependant upon looking, seeing and the camera and, of course, the accidental, but real, circumstance of surrounding influences. The overall expression is that of a filmic selfportrait one that is reflective and open ended.

Orgainized by Školská 28 in cooperation with the Mlok Association.

Stephen Dwoskin

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Stephen Dwoskin
Stephen Dwoskin