Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Profiles
2006

Robert Nelson

 

With the first large-scale Robert Nelson retrospective in Europe, curated by Mark Webber, Oberhausen has presented in 2006 a unique opportunity to rediscover one of the most popular filmmakers of the 1960s. Though one of the most prolific filmmakers of the 1960s, Robert Nelson's films are rarely seen today since being withdrawn from distribution in the 1990s. One of his earliest, Oh Dem Watermelons (1965), was a genuine underground blockbuster that riotously challenged racism by presenting absurdly exaggerated stereotypes. Nelson worked alone and in spirited collaboration with artist and musician friends (William T. Wiley, Steve Reich, The Grateful Dead) to create films such as The Great Blondino (1967), Bleu Shut (1970) and Hauling Toto Big (1997). His acute and intuitive filmmaking continued for three decades, always balancing formal ingenuity with infectious humour, and viewing a selection of his works today is to take a voyage of discovery through America's post-psychedelic subconscious. Robert Nelson presents to introduce the screenings, which included some films preserved by the Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles.

 

5, 6, 8 and 9 May at the Filmpalast Lichtburg

Contact: Carsten Spicher


Boris Schafgans

 

2006 the Berlin filmmaker Boris Schafgans looked back on earlier works. From point zero on the cinematic energy scale an amalgam of autonomous music, visual history and the written language emerges which contains the whole film. Nachlass zu Lebzeiten: Es lebe der Film!, 1984, focuses on the chasm between real desires and cinematic reality. Tempi passati, 1985, prolongs a year already lived by six minutes of reflection in which the filmmakers uses a failed project to celebrate himself. Ein Mangel an Erscheinungen, 1989/92, on a romantic backdrop of German natural and gas landscapes, explores the unification visions of two characters who forgot their history.

 

5 May at the Filmpalast Lichtburg

Contact: Carsten Spicher


Miranda Pennell 

 

Miranda Pennell studied contemporary dance in New York and Amsterdam before making her first dance film. Her award-winning films take the real world as a springboard - soldiers and a marching band, young figure skaters, guitar players, stuntmen or amateur dancers. She then contrasts these naturalistic observations with stylised fictional worlds. Oberhausen has already presented several of her works in competition, including Magnetic North and Fisticuffs, and has 2006 featured a full programme of Miranda Pennell's films, including some of Pennell's rarely seen advertising films.

 

5 May at the Filmpalast Lichtburg

Contact: Carsten Spicher


Victor Alimpiev/Olga Stolpovskaya

 

The point of departure for the double profile of video artist Victor Alimpiev and filmmaker Olga Stolpovskaya was their joint film Abonenty from 2000. Olga Stolpovskaya belongs to the tradition of the Soviet "parallel cinema" and is a member of the CINE FANTOM group of independent filmmakers. Victor Alimpiev, by contrast, is part of a Western-influenced artist generation of the late 1990s, and his art videos are sold by one of the premier Moscow galleries. Based on several works by the artists, the programme has presented 2006 these two very contrary positions on today's Moscow film scene and continues the dialogue that began with Abonenty.

 

In a co-operative project between Oberhausen, crossing europe, Linz, and the O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Victor Alimpiev have also developed an exhibition shown in spring 2006 at the O.K.

 

7 May at the Filmpalast Lichtburg

Contact: Carsten Spicher