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Lynne Sachs: Four Films with Stephen Vitiello
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Feb 12, 2021 1:00 AM
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Thanks for getting a ticket to Lynne Sachs & Stephen Vitiello: Four Films. This is a lengthy set of instructions. Please read carefully. To view the films: Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/fourfilmsbylynnesachs Enter Promo code for free access: Filmforum Once the code is activated the rental period lasts for one week. For the Zoom Conversation with Lynne Sachs on Friday February 19: Los Angeles Filmforum is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Conversation with Lynne Sachs Time: Feb 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82851140864?pwd=bkFzVFRUREF0K2MwdmZpWWxpWjhHZz09 Meeting ID: 828 5114 0864 Passcode: 423928 One tap mobile +16699009128,,82851140864#,,,,*423928# US (San Jose) +12532158782,,82851140864#,,,,*423928# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) Meeting ID: 828 5114 0864 Passcode: 423928 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbzuJU7CSC For the Zoom conversation with Lynne Sachs, Stephen Vitiello, and Sasha Frere-Jones on Sunday February 21: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Feb 21, 2021 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Topic: Lynne Sachs, Stephen Vitiello, and Sasha Frere-Jones Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81658805073?pwd=aDFrVlc1aC9kMngyWFJTNkVkZlF0dz09 Passcode: 573970 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699009128,,81658805073#,,,,*573970# or +13462487799,,81658805073#,,,,*573970# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 816 5880 5073 Passcode: 573970 International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcKjE9XaTX Please email us with any questions at lafilmforum@gmail.com


Lynne Sachs: Four Films with Stephen Vitiello
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Lynne Sachs: Four Films with Stephen Vitiello
Films Screening February 12-22, 2021

Conversation with Lynne Sachs and Stephen Vitiello moderated by Sasha Frere-Jones on Sunday February 21, 5:00 pm PST (8:00 pm EST)
Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

Additional Live Q&A with Lynne Sachs on February 19, 7:00 pm PST (10:00 pm EST).

Filmforum is delighted to kick off 2021 by welcoming back our friend Lynne Sachs with her new film and several past works, all of which include original music by sound artist Stephen Vitiello.  

Film About a Father Who is distributed by Cinema Guild, and has its own virtual cinema admission charge, listed on its own Filmforum webpage at www.lafilmforum.org.  The other four films are covered by this admission, which is on a sliding scale, and which takes you to a screening room set up by Canyon Cinema.  You also get a free link to the live Q&A with Lynne on Friday February 19 and the tripartitie conversation on Sunday Feb 21.  Available here!

Films by Lynne Sachs with music and sound design by Stephen Vitiello
2013 - 2020

The Washing Society
Co-directed with Lizzie Olesker  (2018, color, sound, 44 min.)
When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, whos doing the washing and folding?  The Washing Society brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there by observing these disappearing neighborhood spaces and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. The juxtaposition of narrative and documentary elements in THE WASHING SOCIETY creates a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.

The legacy of domestic work, the issues surrounding power, and the exchange of money for services are all potent themes which rise to the surface and bubble over in dramatic, thrilling escalations of the everyday. - Brooklyn Rail
Spotlights the often-invisible workers who fold the clothes, maintain the machines and know your secrets. - In These Times
Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival, Pamplona, Spain; BAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Featuring:  Jasmine Holloway, Veraalba Santa, and Ching Valdes-Aran
Cinematography:  Sean Hanley
Editiing: Amanda Katz

Trailer:  http://www.lynnesachs.com/2017/08/23/the-washing-society/

Tip of My Tongue (2017, color, sound, 80 min.)
To mark her 50th birthday, filmmaker Lynne Sachs gathers a group of her contemporariesall New Yorkers but originally hailing from all corners of the globefor a weekend of recollection and reflection on the most life-altering personal, local, and international events of the past half-century, creating what Sachs calls a collective distillation of our times. Interspersed with poetry and flashes of archival footage, this poignant reverie reveals how far beyond our control life is, and how far we can go despite this. (Kathy Brew, Museum of Modern Art)

A mesmerizing ride through time, a dreamscape full of reflection, filled with inspired use of archival footage, poetry, beautiful cinematography and music. Raises the question of how deeply events affect us, while granting us enough room to crash into our own thoughts, or float on by, rejoicing in the company of our newfound friends.  (Screen Slate, Sonya Redi)

A beautiful, poetic collage of memory, history, poetry, and lived experience, in all its joys, sorrows, fears, hopes, triumphs, and tragedies  rendered in exquisite visual terms, creating an artful collective chronicle of history. (Screen Anarchy, Christopher Bourne,

Trailer:   http://www.lynnesachs.com/2017/04/25/tip-of-my-tongue/

Featuring: Dominga Alvarado, Mark Cohen, Sholeh Dalai, Andrea Kannapell, Sarah Markgraf, Shira Nayman, George Sanchez, Adam Schartoff, Erik Schurink, Accra Shepp, Sue Simon, Jim Supanick
Cinematography: Sean Hanley
Editing: Amanda Katz

Drift and Bough (2014, Super 8mm on Digital, B&W, sound, 6 min.)
Sachs spends a winter morning in Central Park shooting film in the snow. Holding her Super 8mm camera, she takes note of graphic explosions of dark and light and an occasional skyscraper. The stark black lines of the trees against the whiteness create the sensation of a painters chiaroscuro. Woven into this cinematic landscape, we hear sound artist Stephen Vitiellos delicate yet soaring musical track which seems to wind its way across the frozen ground, up the tree trunks to the sky.

Your Day is My Night (2013, HD video and live performance, color, sound, 64 min.,)
Immigrant residents of a shift-bed apartment in the heart of New York Citys Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of the Chinese in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues, and theatrical movement pieces. Shot in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, caf├ęs, and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, this provocative hybrid documentary addresses issues of privacy, intimacy, and urban life.

"A strikingly handsome, meditative work: a mixture of reportage, dreams, memories and playacting, which immerses you in an entire world that you might unknowingly pass on the corner of Hester Street, unable to guess what's behind the fifth-floor windows." -The Nation

In Chinese, English & Spanish with English Subtitles.

Featuring: Yi Chun Cao, Linda Y.H. Chan, Chung Qing Che, Ellen Ho, Yun Xiu Huang, Sheut Hing Lee, Kam Yin Tsui, & Veraalba Santa.
Camera by Sean Hanley and Ethan Mass

Winner, Best Feature Documentary, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Feature Film, Workers Unite! Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Experimental Film, Traverse City Film Festival, 2013

Film About a Father Who (2020, color, sound, 74 min.)
See separate web page and ticket link
Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 and 16mm film, videotape and digital images of her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Park City, Utah. Film About a Father Who is her attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her parent and a sister to her siblings. With a nod to the Cubist renderings of a face, Sachs cinematic exploration of her father offers simultaneous, sometimes contradictory views of one seemingly unknowable man who is publicly the uninhibited center of the frame yet privately ensconced in secrets. In the process, Sachs allows herself and her audience inside to see beyond the surface of the skin, the projected reality. As the startling facts mount, Sachs as a daughter discovers more about her father than she had ever hoped to reveal.  

Editing: Rebecca Shapass.

Critics Pick! [A] brisk, prismatic and richly psychodramatic family portrait.  - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"Sachs achieves a poetic resignation about unknowability inside families, and the hidden roots never explained from looking at a family tree.  Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"Sachs goes to places that most  moviemakers avoid, undercutting the image of the past as simpler or more stable than the present." - Slant Magazine
Rarely has a filmmaker opened such a deep vein and let the truth bleed out. Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer


Lynne Sachs is a filmmaker and a poet born in Memphis, Tennessee but living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work explores the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together text, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, she searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with every new project. Her work ranges from the very personal, as in her early experiments that are reminiscent of Bruce Connors found footage films and Chris Markers essay films, to documentary, as in her film on the Catonsville Nines antiwar-activism in Investigation of a Flame. Lynne discovered her love of filmmaking while living in San Francisco where she worked closely with film artists Craig Baldwin, Bruce Conner, Barbara Hammer, George Kuchar, and Trinh T. Min-ha. Between 1994 and 2006, she produced five essay films that took her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Italy and Germany  sites affected by international war  where she looked at the space between a communitys collective memory and her own subjective perceptions.

Sachs has made 37 films, which have screened at the New York Film Festival, Sundance, Oberhausen, Viennale, BAMCinemaFest, Vancouver Film Festival, DocLisboa and many others nationally and internationally. They have also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of  American Art, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts and other venues. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana, China Womens Film Festival and Sheffield Documentary Festival have all presented retrospectives of Lynnes films. She received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Arts. In 2019, Tender Buttons Press published Lynnes first collection of poetry, Year by Year Poems. Lynne lives in Brooklyn with filmmaker Mark Street. Together, they have two daughters, Maya and Noa Street-Sachs. www.lynnesachs.com.

Sasha Frere-Jones is a writer and musician from New York.

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and sound artist who transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment. He has composed music for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations, collaborating with such artists as Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler and Dara Birnbaum. Solo and group exhibitions include MASS MoCA, The High Line, NYC, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Solo exhibitions include All Those Vanished Engines, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2011-(ongoing)); A Bell For Every Minute, The High Line, NYC (2010-2011); More Songs About Buildings and Bells, Museum 52, New York (2011); and Stephen Vitiello, The Project, New York (2006). He has participated in such group exhibitions as Soundings: A Contemporary Score, Museum of Modern Art, NY (2013); Sound Objects: Leah Beeferman and Stephen Vitiello, Fridman Gallery, New York (2014); September 11, PS 1/MoMA, LIC, NY (2011-2012); the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); Yanomami: Spirit of the Forest at the Cartier Foundation, Paris; and the 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002). Vitiello has performed nationally and internationally, at locations such as the Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; The Kitchen, New York; and the Cartier Foundation, Paris. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Awards include Creative Capital (2006) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-2012). Vitiello is a professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
Los Angeles Filmforum screenings are supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Wilhelm Family Foundation, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the citys longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2021 is our 46th year.

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