TRIBUTES – Pulse at Festival Du Nouveau Cinema

2011-10-11

Monday October 17 and Friday October 21 Danish composer Simon Christensen and American filmmaker Bill Morrison’s collaborative film project TRIBUTES – Pulse will be screened at the Canadian film festival Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal.

Christensen originally conceived of the project as a tribute to four American composers, Charles Ives (1874-1954), Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997), Steve Reich (b. 1936), and Trent Reznor (b. 1965). The project is comprised of four movements, with the themes of Shifting (slightest change), Multiple (simultaneously different), Across (different directions) and Beat (moving synchronized) respectively corresponding to each composer. The idea of 'Pulse' is explored in both the music and the film. Christensen conceived of the role of Pulse - the rhythmic recurrence of vibration - in the music of these four composers. But pulse is also explored as the through-line in a life, civilization, and nature. Using exquisitely deteriorating nitrate-based archival film, Morrison weaves a story from the remnants of disparate narratives. The episodes appear intermittently between the undulating pulse of the film's decay, the imagery compromised - yet made all the more poignant - by a dying celluloid medium.

Through image and sound Morrison and Christensen have created a requiem for the 20th century - the persistence of a pulse, the contractions of the heart.

Experience this unique work at
Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal
Monday October 17 at 7pm
Friday October 21 at 9pm

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