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Live Cinema Event - New Announcement!

The Auckland International Film Festival



Tuesday 22nd July
6:15pm Academy Cinema
44 Lorne Street Auckland

special NEW announcement!!!

Eve and I (who curate FPS) are extremely happy to announce a new addition to the program. This years FPS will feature some very exciting new video/sound manipulation works by Clinton Watkins... read more in the program notes below for further details on Watkins and the rest of the artists/films/performances in FPS this year!!!

be quick to get your self tickets asap as tickets are selling fast!!!
tickets available through or to avoid their lovely booking fee go straight to the box office at the Civic.

*** also don't forget to keep an eye out for the special WE CAN NOT EXIST IN THIS WORLD ALONE program featuring 2 film makers from the UK and Chicago presenting their experimental 16mm films in perso on the 24th at the Academy Cinema also.


A vibrant cinematic mix of alchemist animation, flowering chemical explosions and fields of golden light. Kaleidoscopic commentary, floating film screens and dreams of ancient deteriorated celluloid.

FPS is Auckland's premier showcase for New Zealand's finest live film and music makers, where is the screen has no limits and anything can happen. 2008's Live Cinema program pays tribute to past pioneers of the expanded cinema movement as well as bolstering contemporary explorers. FPS gives filmmakers full right to explode the parameters of possibility and continue expanding the rich history of creative innovation and imaginative transformation that is Cinema. Witness the unpacking of "cinema" from its box and the reassembling of it into limitless formations of light and sound.

Curated by Sam Hamilton and Eve Gordon


the Program:

in the cinema:

Early Experimental Films by Harry Smith (US) and live soundtrack by Audible < 3 An Inflated Screen Event with "Segments" by Lou Cohen (US) – 7min
Blue Tide, Black Water by Eve Gordon & Sam Hamilton


'goldgrid' by Kim Pieters (Dunedin)
Dirt Room Tomographic by Alex MacKinnon and Oliver Van Der Lugt.


Early Experimental Films
Harry Smith (US) and live soundtrack by Audible < 3 16mm & live music – 23mins

Harry Smith was one of America's premier visionary film-making alchemists who's extravagant abstract films merged the realms of art and magic. Smith used his eccentric views of reality and art to create complex direct-on-film animations not dissimilar to his New Zealand predecessor Len Lye. Smith always insisted his films where made for contemporary music so we are pleased to present the films with a live improvised soundtrack by experimental music purveyors Audible < 3. Audible 3 music is deconstructed, filtered and reconstructed but far from abstract, the trio's music abounds with user-friendly concrete sound, absorbing pulses and humble tones woven into an organic and subtly narrated continuum.

"Segments" - An Inflated Screen Event
Lou Cohen (US) – 7mins
Bi-directional video projection and balloons
How often does one get to watch a film projected onto and through 150 balloons?

Animation and sound, produced by rewiring the base language of computers, will be projected from both ends of the room to catch the balloons as the audience throws them in the air.
Lou Cohen is both composer and animator of "Segments" (2005). In his 80's now, he has composed music since the age of 12, studied under John Cage and had his DIY computer experiments screened worldwide.

Clinton Watkins
live video manipulation and live sound - 20mins

Artist and Musician, Clinton Watkins, will perform a selection of recent video works and sound compositions.
His work consists of slow repeating imagery and minimal sound to create an amplification of selected subject matter.
The performance will consist of utilizing circuit bent video mixing technology to distort and corrupt video imagery with live sound.

Kim Pieters (Dunedin)
Video installation

Kim Pieters is an abstract painter with a long history of commitment to photography, improvisational film and music.
Presented in the foyer of the Academy, her work has a dreamlike quality which will envelope the space.
Goldgrid is part of her continuing inquiry into chance, the trace & notions of the sublime.

Dirt Room Tomographic
Alex MacKinnon and Oliver Van Der Lugt.
Video installation

A short stop-frame animation of an old accounts book found in a hollowed out dirt room beneath the None Gallery in Dunedin. One of many giant receipts books that The New Zealand Drug Company left to decompose in this subterranean archive for the past 70 years.
The patterns of mould and decay develop and diminish as each page is revealed.

Blue Tide, Black Water
Eve Gordon & Sam Hamilton
35mm film. 9mins

Amid an ocean of wax one might chance upon a garden of flowering chemicals, where filmmakers Sam Hamilton and Eve Gordon circumnavigate microscopic reactions to create their first epic on 35mm.

!!! plus deteriorated ancient 8mm films @ intermission !!!

FPS would like to thank the follow people for their hugely appreciated support:

The Auckland International Film Festival team, The Academy Cinema, The New Zealand Film Archive Auckland office, Elam School of fine arts, The Auckland Film Society, Zoe Drayton, Derek Gehring, Chris O'Connor, Phil Dadson, Campbell Farquhar, All the film-makers and musicians presenting work in FPS 2008.


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