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A Visit by Filmmaker and 2013 Herb Alpert Award Recipient Lucien Castaing-Taylor

March 17, 2014 - March 21, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 8:00am - Friday, March 21, 2014 - 5:00pm

Still from Leviathan.

CalArts, Bijou Auditorium

FILM/VIDEO: THE SCHOOL OF FILM/VIDEO presents a visit by filmmaker and 2013 Herb Alpert Award Recipient LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR (MARCH 17th-21st)

Lucien Castaing-Taylor makes visceral, emotionally engaging, aesthetically rigorous, innovative, and spiritually moving films and installations, documenting our world with a spirit of openness, experimentation and adventure.

Three Screenings

Tues., March 18, 7pm at Bijou Auditorium for Structuring Strategies

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash

Sweetgrass presents a riveting and poetic portrait of the American West just as one of its traditional ways of life dies out. Shot amidst the grandeur of Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the film follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture. Magnificently photographed and unsparingly candid, Sweetgrass discovers a world of harsh beauty and arduous labor, where humans still work in rugged intimacy with nature.

Wed., March 19, 1:30pm at Bijou Auditorium

SHEEP RUSHES (2001-2009)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash

Sheep Rushes consists of a series of films, video installations, and photographs. In viewing and assembling their film Sweetgrass, Castaing-Taylor and Barbash had become dissatisfied with a number of decisions they were making as editors of a more conventional linear piece. This series of films is particularly interested in finding ways to foreground the spatial and temporal qualities of extended sequence and long, unbroken takes that comprised much of the footage. Sheep Rushes offers a sensorial evocation of a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, climate and landscape, and vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.

Fri., March 21, 4pm at Bijou Auditorium for Film Today

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

In the very waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.


Castaing-Taylor's work seeks to conjugate aesthetic negative capability with an ethnographic attachment to the flux of life. His work is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art and the British Museum, has been exhibited at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, the Tate, MoMA, the Berlin Kunsthalle, the Whitechapel Gallery, PS1, Marian Goodman Gallery, the X-Initiative, and elsewhere, and has formed the subject of symposia at the Smithsonian Institution, the Musée du quai Branly, and the British Museum. His films and videos have screened at Berlin, Locarno, New York, Toronto and other film festivals. Recent awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2013), and, with Véréna Paravel, the True Vision Award (2013), Guggenheim Fellowship (2012), Los Angeles Film Critics' Circle Douglas Edwards Independent and Experimental Film Award (2012), and FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Award (2012).

Last edited by rsdavid on Mar 17, 2014
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