Herb Shellenberger

Gérard Courant's Cinématon (1978–2012) + Arc in Round live performance
September 6, 2012
International House Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

IHP's third annual Fall Arts Preview includes a presentation by IHP curators with special guests Len Guercio (Film Lab Coordinator, Temple University) and filmmaker J. Louise Makary.

Cinématon, Gérard Courant, 1978-2012, France, digital, 180' excerpt
Featuring Jean-Luc Godard, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, Derek Jarman, Wim Wenders, Nagisa Oshima, Samuel Fuller, Babette Mangolte and more, Cinématon is a film and video project 34 years and 175 hours in the making. Filmmaker Gérard Courant began the project in 1978 with the simple idea of shooting 3 minute, 25 second silent portraits of filmmakers, actors, writers and friends doing whatever they like. First shot on Super 8 Kodachrome and later MiniDV, these portraits show an intimate exchange between the sitter and the camera: a young Sandrine Bonnaire (from the set of Maurice Pialat’s A Nos Amours) awkwardly feels the viewer’s gaze and laughs; Philippe Garrel, calm yet brooding, chokes a cigarette down in the park; and Terry Gilliam slips in and out of the frame before swallowing a 100-franc note.

This special 180 minute Cinématon program will be projected continuously throughout the night.

Arc in Round
Arc in Round's self-titled debut LP reflects a sensibility garnered from endless hours of studio tracking and hypnotic experimentation. The album is a re-invention of influence, ranging from melodic gems (think Stereolab meets Broadcast) to epic prog jams, tied securely yet ever so loosely together by haunting male and female vocals.
The LP brims with layered dissonance and experimentation à la Disco Inferno & This Heat being driven by the Motorik Kraut rhythms of Neu and Can. This is carefully crafted dark pop – taut yet spacey, noisy yet melodic; it's a smart experiment in sonic evolution. There is a sweet contradiction in the intricate metamorphosis of sound and song; each track feeding from one another until the sum of its parts breaks free.
The album was tracked and mixed at Zeigler's own studio (Uniform Recording) and features guest appearances by members of Kurt Vile and the Violators and Pattern is Movement. Arc In Round has also enlisted the talents of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Our Brother the Native, Ape School and Benoit Pioulard in remixing select tracks.

DJ set by Ryan T (Robotique)

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