Some Films is a month-long series of four programs looking at the different ways sound and vision collide to tell stories about the rhythm of film, the life of the artist, the world of the recording studio, and a life lived on stage.
The series name, Some Films, acknowledges that the work of discovery, ingestion, analysis, synthesis, and creation is never complete. It’s also a nod to the fantastic 1978 album by The Rolling Stones.
Each program will consist of brief opening remarks by series curator Adam Sonderberg, followed by short selections, a main feature, and a space at the end for reflection and discussion.
Program II: Portraits of the Artist
Two contrasting portraits of musician-artists in Switzerland (Voice Crack) and the United States (Charles Mingus). What are the tools needed to do the work? Do environmental factors play a part? What should be the role, if any, of institutions in supporting the artist?
Mingus in Greenwich Village
by Thomas Reichman
1968, digital projection, 58 min
Kick That Habit
by Peter Liechti
1989, digital projection, 45 min
Total runtime: ~103 mins
Amongst numerous other things, Adam Sonderberg is one third of the performing and recording trio Haptic, former co-director of the Dropp Ensemble, and curator of Longbox Recordings (1994-2007). He has contributed music, art direction, and/or production assistance to over three-dozen recordings, as well as worked with dance companies and film archives to provide both live and pre-recorded musical accompaniment for a variety of projects.
His audio and written work has been published by numerous imprints including, Entr’acte (UK/BE), and/OAR (US), Compost and Height (UK), Tonschacht (DE), Cathnor (UK), and Suppedaneum (US).