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The Andre Trilogy: Three Films by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

April 29, 2018

The Andre Trilogy: Three Films by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

James N. Kienitz Wilkins in person!
Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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One of most exciting and unpredictable filmmakers working today, Brooklyn’s James N. Kienitz Wilkins (Indefinite Pitch,  Locarno Festival in Los Angeles 2017)has made a name for himself over  the last half-decade with an idiosyncratic collection of works that  foreground language and performance while simultaneously upending  expected formal boundaries. Tonight’s program features the Los Angeles  premiere of the Andre Trilogy, three films that helped  establish Wilkins’ playfully provocative, self-reflexive sensibility. 

Films include:

Special Features (2014, 12 min)

Special Features is an apparent interview with three highlights. Presented as a lo-fi  fragment from a forgotten video production, an interviewee interacts  with an interviewer, recounting a special experience at once unique and  shared.

TESTER (2015, 30 min)

A private eye type guy recounts a tricky case, set against the unedited duration of a found BetaSP tape.

B-ROLL with Andre (2015, 19 min)

An anonymous and mediated testimonial about one man’s dangerous dream.

Distinctive  in their investigation of language, unconventional approach to  performance, and exploration of conversation as a potent transmitter of  ideas.

- Herb Shellenberger, The Brooklyn Rail

Kienitz Wilkins has successfully adapted some of the most critical weapons in the arsenal of

experimental cinema to produce a stark poetry of the everyday.

- Michael Sicinski, MUBI Notebook

A  destabilized noir... [The Andre Trilogy's] three films focus on the  dreams, memories and idiosyncratic theories espoused by each chapter’s  respective narrator. Their stories contaminate one another, circling  back on one another with an uncanny logic.

- Whitney Mallett, Filmmaker Magazine

Lectures,  pitch meetings, talking-head interviews, detective narratives, and  verité documentary have been used in [Wilkins's] previous films, most  notably in the Andre Trilogy. These are forms that are recognizable, but  which Wilkins flips over, shuffles around, and remixes, sometimes to  the point of disarray.

- Craig Hubert, Hyperallergic

Among the  funniest [filmmakers] working today... Wilkins's comic style can be  placed in a Yankee deadpan tradition, but in the heady mixture of Fetty  Wap, Grecian urns, Justin Timberlake, Oculus Rift VR headsets, and  votive statuary, there’s something completely modern, something that  speaks to 2016 in a way that Jean-Luc Godard’s juxtaposition of chrome,  Cadillacs, and J.S. Bach might have spoken to prosperous Western Europe  in the 1960s.

- Nick Pinkerton, frieze

(Available to download after screening date)

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