Between Two Cinemas (Ross Lipman, 2018)
Date: December 04, 2018
Location: Downtown Independent
Address: 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Panel discussion about the unique relationship between experimental and arthouse cinema to follow the screening, featuring Lipman, director Thom Andersen, filmmaker Lewis Klahr, writer and actress Lisa Black, filmmaker Janie Geiser, filmmaker Pia Borg, and composer Patrick Gleeson.
Over thirty years in the making, this unique autobiography looks back at filmmaker/archivist Ross Lipmans winding path through a gaping no-mans land between international art cinema and the American avant-garde. Including restorations of his old films plus a new documentary/essay linking them, it uncovers previously unseen archival material on Stan Brakhage and Andrei Tarkovsky, and adds new collaborations with artists including visionary experimentalist Bruce Baillie, Jeanne Dielman cinematographer Babette Mangolte, Bela Tarr composer Mihaly Vig and synthesizer pioneer Patrick Gleeson. Between Two Cinemas is an enthralling exploration of discord and resonance between two divergent cultures, and the worlds from which they emerge.
Lipman is one of the leading figures in American independent film culture today, and this absorbing hybrid is a fascinating insight to his evolving views on film art.
Ed Lawrenson, British Film Institute
4K scans of Lipman’s poetic, exploratory short films open up new conversations about how artists look after their work, whilst casting a fresh eye on the broad terrain of alternative film in this highly unusual, immersive and discursive, personally inflected hybrid of curated-programme and essay-film.
William Fowler, BFI National Archive