Blogcritic DVD Review: The Last Happy Day

In an interview with Otherzine experimental fil maker, Lynne Sachs talks about realizing “that there was a pattern emerging in my work, a rhythm between films that were open to changes brought by the times and films that followed a very clearly defined vision or concept. ” Later in the interview she relates what she is trying to do in her films to the avant garde poet, Gertrude Stein’s desire to “create provocative ruptures between the sign and the signifier, between the way we are taught to speak (to communicate) and the way we ultimately choose to express ourselves (art).”

Nat’l Gallery of Art presents American Originals Now: Lynne Sachs Oct. 16 & 23

The ongoing film series American Originals Now offers an opportunity for discussion with internationally recognized American filmmakers and a chance to share in their artistic practice through special screenings and conversations about their works in progress. Since the mid-1980s, Lynne Sachs has developed an impressive catalogue of essay films that draw on her interests in sound design, collage, and personal recollection. She investigates war-torn regions such as Israel, Bosnia, and Vietnam, always striving to work in the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions.

Experimental TV Center presents Sachs & Street at Anthology Film Archives

Street and Sachs, a Brooklyn filmmaking couple, negotiate the thin line between representation and abstraction in each second of this moving image extravaganza. Created in the grand tradition of the Cartesian and chromosomal construct, what looks like a tree can quickly turn into a train, a telephone pole or an angry bowl of soup, as our audience hangs on for dear life. Sachs makes theatrical gestures and tableaux using hands, toys, a plate of cherry pie, and a miniature of the Empire State Building. Street produces photochemically conjured flowers, fishing tackle, and shards of found film – – all flying by at a variety of speeds in the spirit of a Man Ray print.

Ten Short Film by Lynne Sachs at Austin Film Society

Wednesday, May 25 at 7 PM
AFS Screening Room (1901 E. 51st St, Gate 2 by water tower)
$5 AFS Members & Students w/ Valid ID / $8 General Public
Q&A with Lynne Sachs via Skype, moderated by Austin experimental filmmaker/teacher Caroline Koebel

Lynne Sachs’ first film in Chick Docs- I Hate You

Boredom, murder, dress-up, dress-down, the underworld and the inner world. Angry lost resigned women navigate you through a hormonal roller coaster with this collection of documents of events and emotions. This is a biography of the shadowlands of the female psyche, with no cause or apology. Curated from the Film-Makers’ Cooperative collection by Jasmine Hirst and Katherine Bauer.

The Urban Landscape in Cinematic Transformation

The avant-garde/experimental cinematic form reconfigures traditional narratives and personal experiences, particularly among local subcultures—such as East Village punk, Chinatown markets, Lower East Side rock and roll, and the downtown subversive art and performance scene—creating a parallel between constant evolution of the urban landscape and its inhabitants and the experimental form. We propose to feature avant-garde films from our collection that feature the changing urban landscapes and the people who inhabit them.

THE WEIGHTLESS BODY: Films by Lynne Sachs at ReRun Gastro Pub in Brooklyn

Praised by the New York Times as “one of the leading New York independent filmmakers,” Brooklyn-based artist Lynne Sachs has—in a career spanning over twenty years—woven together poetry, collage, painting, politics, layered sound design, and a myriad of cinematic formats to explore the intricate relationship between her personal observations and broader historical experiences.

Lynne at Punto de Vista Film Festival, Pamplona, Spain

“Naming an international film festival after a term for subjectivity is, in my mind, a radical stance. Rather than taking the more obvious city or country identified name, which brings attention to the community, the Punto de Vista festival celebrates a first person cinema based on the documentary practice of working with reality, that privileges the expression of ideas over the dissemination of information.”