Saul Levine

SAUL LEVINE: GROOVE TO GROOVE MILLENIUM FILM WORKSHOP @ SILENT BARN
9|22|13

530pm

NEW LEFT NOTE
1968-82 © Saul Levine
(R8/16mm, 27min) Silent
“Levine’s rapid fire cut¬ting has nev¬er found a more ap¬pro¬pri¬ate sub¬ject than in NEW LEFT NOTE, his film on the an¬ti-war, an¬ti-racist, and wom¬en’s lib¬er¬a-tion move¬ments of the ear¬ly 1970s in Amer¬i¬ca. NEW LEFT NOTE rep¬re¬sents a syn¬the¬sis of ideas that Levine sought to in¬ject in¬to a much-di¬vid¬ed move-ment. The ‘Free Bob¬by Seale’ demon¬stra¬tions in New Haven (Levine’s home town) in 1970 is put in¬to con¬text through the edit¬ing …. At the time of shoot¬ing, Levine was the ed¬i¬tor of New Left Notes, the na¬tion¬al news¬pa¬per of SDS (Stu¬dents for a Demo¬crat¬ic So¬ci¬ety). He was uni¬lat¬er¬al¬ly com¬mit¬ted to the move¬ments he filmed but be¬lea¬guered by the lead¬er¬ship of the or¬ga¬ni¬za-tion for his non-sec¬tar¬i¬an views. … [NEW LEFT NOTE] is a study of rad¬i¬cal pol¬i¬tics in rad¬i¬cal film form.” – Mar¬jorie Keller

DEPARTURE
1976-84 © Saul Levine
(S8, 25min) Sound
“DEPARTURE is a film that was shot in 1976-77 during a year when I lost my job due to both cutbacks at the campus at which I taught and my involvement in the movement against them. I collected footage and imagined I would edit the film together the night I left. I was unable to do this and it took several years to finish it.” – Saul Levine

A FEW TUNES GOING OUT:
BOPPING THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA BLUE
1978-79 © Saul Levine
(S8, 7min) Sound
“A portrait of disc jockey Mai Cramer, filmmaker Dan Barnett, and Levine himself. The film cuts between Cramer talking, Barnett working and touring China and Levine engaged in the routines of his life. Incorporated into the portrait are shots of an astronaut floating in space, clouds passing and Chinese women performing their daily exercise. As vast space and clouds float by, the film mixes daily routines, foreign locales and the expanse of the universe in a work of cinematic music and dance.” – Marjorie Keller

A FEW TUNES GOING OUT:
GROOVE TO GROOVE
1978-1982 © Saul Levine
(S8, 12min) Sound
Featuring Mai Cramer & the Jesse Green Blues Band
“[GROOVE TO GROOVE] continues this kind of portraiture, concentrating on Mai Cramer and Levine, and develops the ‘bi-lingual’ paradigm of film and music. The phantasmagoria of splices becomes the lexicon for Levine’s improvisational study of making film, music and jokes.” – Marjorie Keller

RAPS AND CHANTS Part One
1981-82 © Saul Levine
(S8, 12min) Sound
“RAPS AND CHANTS is also without the typical cataract of cuts. The first part is a man’s monologue about a grueling LSD adventure (even the image is a washout), and the second is the portrait of a woman, gleefully milking cacophony from a tape recorder by rapidly playing with the buttons. It is an essay in the filmmaker’s twofold aesthetic: the roughness and punch of experience remains without cosmetics, unsentimentalized, uninterpreted; instead, the material of its transmission, image, and sound, becomes the field of cathartic, nervous play, a wild Hasidic dance.” – P. Adams Sitney

WHOLE NOTE
1999-00 © Saul Levine
(S8/16mm, 12min) Silent
“A portrait of my father in the last days of his life.” – Saul Levine
“Nothing is as whole as a broken heart” – Hassidic saying.

A FEW TUNES GOING OUT:
BOPPING THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA BLUE
1978-79 © Saul Levine
(S8, 7min) Sound
“A portrait of disc jockey Mai Cramer, filmmaker Dan Barnett, and Levine himself. The film cuts between Cramer talking, Barnett working and touring China and Levine engaged in the routines of his life. Incorporated into the portrait are shots of an astronaut floating in space, clouds passing and Chinese women performing their daily exercise. As vast space and clouds float by, the film mixes daily routines, foreign locales and the expanse of the universe in a work of cinematic music and dance.” – Marjorie Keller

A FEW TUNES GOING OUT:
GROOVE TO GROOVE
1978-1982 © Saul Levine
(S8, 12min) Sound
Featuring Mai Cramer & the Jesse Green Blues Band
“[GROOVE TO GROOVE] continues this kind of portraiture, concentrating on Mai Cramer and Levine, and develops the ‘bi-lingual’ paradigm of film and music. The phantasmagoria of splices becomes the lexicon for Levine’s improvisational study of making film, music and jokes.” – Marjorie Keller

LIGHT LICKS: BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON:
I WANT TO PAINT IT BLACK
2011 © Saul Levine
(S8/16mm, 12min) Silent
LIGHT LICKS are a series of films, which are made frame by frame often by flooding the camera with enough light to spill beyond the gate into the frame left unexposed.
LIGHT LICKS are ecstatic flicker films inspired by jazz and mystic visionary practice.
BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON is a sub series within the LIGHT LICKS, inspired by Psalm 137, a meditation on the experience of forced exile.
“I spent the week of thanksgiving 2010 in Prague; I had never been to Europe before and as a Jew born in the 2nd World War, I had a strong association of central Europe with the Holocaust. I found Prague to be an extremely charming and beautiful city, an architectural palimpsest as it hadn’t been bombed. In this LIGHT LICK I responded to the city in the present tense but kept being drawn into its past. The grave of Rabbi Judah Lowe the alleged maker of the Golem alleged descendent of King David and certainly one of the great Jewish scholars and mystics of his time, the absence of a contemporary Jewish community and the wonderful statues bridges and buildings led me to make this dark Gothic reflection of 21st century Prague.” – Saul Levine

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