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PLEATS OF MATTER: The Films of Blake Williams

January 28, 2016

PLEATS OF MATTER: The Films of Blake Williams

Blake Williams in person!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


504 Chung King Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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One of North America's most exciting young filmmakers, Blake Williams has spent the past few years experimenting with anaglyph 3D technology, emerging  with a series of films that formally investigate a variety of otherwise  quotidian spaces by casually unlocking their nascent art-historical  dimensions. At once playfully conceptual and viscerally charged, his  films merge the aesthetics of the digital age with the tools of classic  optical technologies, playing light, shadow, and other natural  phenomenon off one another in hyper-sensory displays of depth and color.  His two latest works, Red Capriccio (2014) and Something Horizontal (2015), represent the pinnacle this approach to date, and together  have travelled to the Toronto, New York, and Oberhausen film festivals.  Join us as we welcome Blake Williams for the first presentation of his  films in Los Angeles, with a two-part program dedicated to his work in  the realms of both two and three dimensional space.

~ Join us before and after the screening for complimentary refreshments.

Screening Program:

Part One [2D]

A Cold Compress (2010, 12:25)

Depart (2012, 10:00)

Coorow-Latham Road (2011, 15:36)

C-LR: Coorow-Latham Road For Those Who Don’t Have the Time (2013, 1:46)

Part Two [3D]

Many a Swan (2012, 5:43)

Baby Blue (2013, 10:00)

Red Capriccio (2014, 6:48)

Something Horizontal (2015, 9:43)

Red Capriccio may be a touchstone for how I see and hear subsequent films.

- Michael Sicinski, MUBI Notebook

Coorow-Latham Road proved to be a singular experience...simultaneously thought-churning, anxiety-causing and beautiful.

- Darren Hughes, Senses of Cinema

Blake Williams' brilliant Something Horizontal runs  with the idea of exploring a room by chasing with roulette-like speed  and wheeling spatial gymnastics the geometry of a confined space in the  throbbing red-and-blue 3D of anaglyph.

- Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

A tonal, lyrical ode to the late pioneering origamist Yoshizawa Akira, Blake Williams' Many a Swan ventures to  merge light with screen; as if guided by Yoshizawa’s phantom maps and  arrows, folds and pleats, the landscape of the Grand Canyon is presented  as a 3-D origami projection, engaging in a play of shifting horizons  and finally taking flight.

- Aliza Ma, Cinema Scope

Blake Williams' Coorow-Latham Road takes  a simple idea, a linear journey from one place to another, and expands  it to a rich ontological inquiry into both the creation of digital space  and the situations of subjects within it. As the line between the  digital and the material crumbles away, I can't help but feel that this  could wind up being a staggeringly prescient film in the not so distant future.

- Phil Coldiron, Slant Magazine

(Available to download after screening date)

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