Amy Halpern: Plausible Light Sources
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Amy Halpern: Plausible Light Source
Sunday April 2, 2023, 7:30 pm
At 2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90057
Tickets: $12 general, $8 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members
Masks are still required at Filmforum shows - N95 or KN95.
Amy Halpern (1953 -2022) made over 40 films, most of them on 16mm. Amy was born and raised in New York City and made her first films there; she came to Los Angeles in 1976 to attend UCLA Film School and lived here the rest of her life.
Amy trained as a dancer, and her films often explore bodily movement, often using her own body, as in the opening film of tonight’s program, Invocation. The program also includes several of Amy’s earliest films including her first, Roll #1 for Nancy, as well as Three Preparations, Cigarette Burn, and Self-portrait as a City, and explores several of her other recurring themes: light and color (Ginko Yellow, Verge, Plausible Light Source) animals and plants (Palm Down, Fire Belly, Birds in the Window) and the nature of the film medium Itself (By Halves, Newt Leaders).
Tonight’s program is the first of three exploring Amy’s work. Additional programs will take place at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum (April 16) and the Ted Mann Theatre at the Academy Museum (April 20).
1982, 16mm, color, silent, 2 mins.
"A temporary sculpture; an invitation and benediction." (AH)
Roll #1 for Nancy
1972, 16mm, color, silent,18fps, 5 mins.
“My first roll of film, shot in 8mm. Kodachrome and blown up to 16mm. Edited in camera. Adored images on New York and the family home." (AH)
1972, 16mm, color, silent,18fps, 6 mins.
- Statice / Frameline
- Cannonball Section
"Considerations of the frame. The grain as it holds colored light. Glass as it holds colored light. Loud silent music (especially The Cannonball Section, the last movement)." (AH
1978, 16mm, b&w, sound, 8 mins.
with Nancy Halpern & Yves Marton
“Sitting home smoking cigarettes during the occupation. Very nasty and sophomoric. And beautiful.” (AH)
Self-Portrait as a City
1977, 16mm, color, silent, 5 mins.
camera operator in N.Y. Larry Gottheim
Plausible Light Source
1976, 16mm, color, silent, 1 min.
2022, 16mm, color, silent, 5 mins. Los Angeles premiere
with Indigo Cohan
"Yellow, the color." (AH)
2021, 16mm, color, silent, 3 mins. Los Angeles premiere
"Alchemists thought that salamanders could be reborn from fire - like the Phoenix, or the Christ. But salamanders do not survive fire, nor extreme dryness. And they do not resurrect after burning. Consequently they are at present in great danger on the planet." (AH)
1981, 16mm, b&w, silent, 2 mins.
2012, 16mm, color, silent, 6 mins.
"Two palindromes, no happy ending." (AH)
2020, 16mm, color, silent, 5 mins. Los Angeles premiere
"Presents the physically necessary film 'leaders' at the front and back end of movies as aesthetic in themselves. The beautiful detritus of the medium." (AH)
2012, 16mm, color, silent, 7 mins.
By Halves was “discovered” in “pic fill”, discarded 35mm. release print material split in half and perforated as 16mm for use as sound track spacer in the double-system editing process. “An appropriate appropriation, a gift, a magic act. The movement of the performer is slowed because one sees first the top and then the bottom of each frame in quick succession. Surprises result.” (AH)
FLICKER WARNING: If you are susceptible to seizures, or are just uncomfortable with flashing lights, please close and cover your eyes and turn away during this film.
Injury on a Theme
2012, 16mm, color, sound, 7 mins.
for Lynda Gudde
“A short sweet film concerning torture.” (AH)
Verge (for my sisters)
2022, 16mm, color, silent, 6 mins. Los Angeles premiere
"A horizon like a blade. Consistent across landscapes in California - ocean to desert and back to ocean." (AH)
Birds in the Window
2020-2021, dir. Amy Halpern & David Lebrun, digital, color, sound, 9 mins. Los Angeles premiere
"Trying to get in, trying to get out. Encounters from the plague year."