AIPAD Screening Room
Curated by Mary Engel
Director, Orkin/Engel Fim and Photo Archive
The following films will be showcased in the AIPAD Screening Room:
WEEGEE'S NEW YORK
Weegee, 1948, 16mm film transferred to MP4, black and white and color, sound, 21 min. International Center of Photography, Gift of Wilma Wilcox
Weegee’s New York was edited by Amos Vogel and released on March 12, 1948 in New York. The film is set mostly in Times Square and Coney Island. Considered Weegee’s best film, Charles Chaplin called it “beautiful and sensitive.” The New York Times review described it “with all its imperfections, it is a refreshingly new experience.”
IN THE STREEET
Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, and James Agee, 1952, black and white, 14 min. Lent by Film Documents LLC
Short film shot by Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb and James Agee in 1948 and edited and released in 1952, In The Street captures the turmoil of the streets of a great city where every human being is ''a poet, a masker, a warrior, a dancer.''
BROADWAY BY LIGHT
William Klein, 1958, color, 12 min. Distributor Argos Films - France
William Klein’s first film is a study of a night in the life of New York’s iconic Broadway. It focuses on the interaction of lights and shadows, colours, shapes and forms as the camera jumps between the flashing bulbs and neon signs of Times Square’s iconic advertising and the silhouettes of men at work on theater marquees, as they rearrange letters on the lightboxes. These concrete details are counterbalanced by more impressionistic moments of pure colour, distorted light reflections and severed fragments of words or texts, exemplary of Klein’s life-long interest in typography and composition.
Illustrative of Klein’s transition from photographer to filmmaker, Broadway by Light was declared by Orson Welles to be a ‘the first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary.’ Klein was encouraged by his friends Alain Resnais and Chris Marker to make the film, and Marker wrote the brief text that appears onscreen at the beginning of the film.
THE DOG LOVER
Morris Engel, 1962, black and white, 24 min. Lent by Mary Engel - Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive
Directed by Morris Engel.
Produced by Engel and Saul J. Turrell.
Story by Leslie Waller.
Cinematography by Max Glenn and Greg Zilboorg.
With Margaret Norden, Alice Drummond and Jack Gilford.
Jack is the fastidious manager of a local supermarket. The harmless but disruptive actions of his customers frequently give him headaches, which he remedies by holding a can of frozen juice against his forehead. At home, however, Jack is consistently kind, loving, and patient with his wife and daughter. One day the child brings home a stray dog, and his life is turned upside down…With a cameo appearance by Mary Engel and Ruth Orkin.
Martin Bell and Susan Griak, produced by Mary Ellen Mark, 2002, color, 17 min. Loaned by Mary Ellen Mark Foundation
There are few things in life that engage the eye or are more mesmerising than identical twins. Every aspect of their appearance is remarkable from the exact duplication of their features right down to the exact position of their freckles.
Each year in August, Twinsburg, Ohio, is host to a festival that attracts almost 2000 twins, triplets and quadruplets. It is an extraordinary gathering that Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell visited in the summer of 2001-2002 . Martin Bell made Twins in the summer of 2002, while Mary Ellen Mark was completing the photography for her book Twins.
Mark’s studio was a tent, pitched on a volleyball court, at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. When Mark finished photographing a set of twins, they were directed to a small studio behind the backdrop. The twins were interviewed in front of two cameras. The interviews were guided by a set of twenty questions, which Mark and Bell developed to provide a structure for the film.
Twins played at film festivals across the United States. New York Film Festival, October 2003; Sundance Film Festival, January 2004; Aspen Shortsfest Film Festival, April 2004; Jacob Burns Film Center, May 21-23, 2004; Newport Film Festival, Jury Prize for Best Short Film, June 2004; Maui Film Festival, June 2004; Nantucket Film Festival, June 2004; IFP Los Angeles Film Festival, June 2004; Philadelphia Video Festival, June 2004; Boston Film Festival, September 2004; Calgary Film Festival, September, 2004; Real Art Ways Theater, September 2004; Ojai Film Festival, October 2004; Woodstock Film Festival, October 2004.
PRODUCTION A Greene House Studio Presentation
A Film by Martin Bell & Susan Griak
Director of Photography Martin Bell
Director & Editor Martin Bell
Produced by Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark
“I am very pleased and honored to be able to participate in AIPAD this year not just as a visitor but by showcasing some wonderful films that photographers have made over the years. This program is a small selection of the many other films that I hope people will seek out and view on their own. As the daughter of photographer/filmmakers (who I used to attend AIPAD with starting in the early 80's), I have always had an appreciation for both stills and moving images."
- Mary Engel