25 October 2007

LFF: David Gatten Workshop

London BFI Southbank
25 October 2007

As a prelude to this year's London Film Festival Avant-Garde Weekend, American artist David Gatten leads a one-day, practical workshop on the use of text in 16mm filmmaking. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Places are extremely limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Presented in association with no.w.here.

David Gatten

Thursday 25 October 2007, from 10am-5pm, BFI Southbank

Throughout the history of cinema, images and text have been combined on-screen in a variety of ways and for a range of reasons. Silent-era comedy, mid-century newsreels, avant-garde films and home movies have used words to tell stories, convey facts and explore the enjoyments and anxieties of reading.

In this day-long workshop, Brooklyn artist David Gatten will provide an overview of such practice, with particular attention to filmmakers who have deployed on-screen text to investigate the way text functions as both image and language, the border between the legible and illegible, and the limits of what can be known through words.

David Gatten has made prominent use of the printed word in the ongoing series The Secret History of the Dividing Line (sections screened here in previous years) and his recent Film for Invisible Ink, Case No: 71: Base-Plus-Fog (showing on 28 October).

Following introductory screenings of relevant works, participants will make their own films using a variety of processes, including direct-on-film applications, ink-and-cellophane tape transfers, slide projections, close-up cinematography, in-camera contact printing and more.

Tickets: £35 (standard) / £25 (concessions & no.w.here members)
Box Office: 020 7928 3232, online at www.lff.org.uk or in person at BFI Southbank.

Tickets go on sale on 29 September 2007. (26 September 2007 for BFI members.)
Places are extremely limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Additional tickets or returns may be available in the days before the event.

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