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Richard Tuohy: Hand-Crafted Cinema
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Richard Tuohy: Hand-Crafted Cinema
Sunday October 12, 2014, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Richard Tuohy: Hand-Crafted Cinema
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

Richard Tuohy in person from Australia!

Filmmaker Richard Tuohy comes through Los Angeles on tour from Australia.  His hand-made films investigate the range of visual possibilities found in careful celluloid manipulation.  Essential to see in person, projected on a screen, his films take you close into natural objects.  His latest series, working in interference patterns will captivate your mind with their psychedelic explorations.

"These films are all firmly situated in the hand crafted film tradition.  All works are hand processed from camera neg, optical sound neg, intermediates and opticals to final prints.  This is done in part out of necessity, but also out of a sense of opportunity; while the closure of commercial film labs has meant that it has become increasingly difficult to access traditional laboratory services, it has also created an opportunity for artists to get their hands on this now largely redundant equipment, providing access for experimentation and exploration of a new set of creative possibilities.   These works speak of that new opportunity!"  Richard Tuohy

Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Tickets available in advance  
For more event information: www.lafilmforum.org, or 323-377-7238

Sample of Dot Matrix: https://vimeo.com/67778226

(2009, 16mm, 7 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Iron-wood is an abstract visual exploration of the deeply fissured 'cog-like' bark of the Australian tree Eucalyptus Sideroxylon - Red Ironbark.

(2010, 16mm, 8 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Flyscreen is a camera-less 'rayogram' film, made by layering fly-screen material onto raw 16mm film stock and then exposing to light.  The sound heard is the optical sound of the images passing the 16mm optical sound head.  

Seoul Electric
(2012, 16mm, 7 min.)
A North Asian metropolis.  Electricity wires draped like thick webs adorn the street scape. Explosive sparks of colour electrify the frame.   Filmed in Seoul in black and white.  Colourised during processing using coloured torch light.

Etienne's Hand
(2011,16mm, 13 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
A movement study of a restless hand. Made from one five second shot. Sound constructed from an old French folk tune played on a hand cranked music box.

Eucalyptus Intoxication
(2008, 16mm, 7 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
February, the height of Summer, air drunken with Eucalyptus.

Blue Line Chicago
(2014, 16mm, 10 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Architectural distortions of the second city.  Like Fly-screen, Screen Tone, and Dot Matrix, this film is a work is in part an experiment in interference patterns.

Dot Matrix
2013, 2 x 16mm, 16 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Dot Matrix is dual 16mm  film involving two almost completely overlapping projected images.  The 'dots' were produced by photogramming sheets of dotty paper (used for manga illustrations) directly onto raw 16mm film stock.  These dots were then contacted printed with 'flicker' (alternating black frames) creating strobing 'interruptions' to the dots.    The drama of the film emerges in the overlap of the two projected images of dots.  The product they make is greater than the parts. The sounds heard are those that the dots themselves produce as they pass the optical sound head of the 16mm projector.

Richard Tuohy is one of the most active experimental film artists currently working on celluloid in Australia. His film 'Iron-Wood' won first prize (ex aequo) at 'Abstracta 2009' experimental film festival in Rome. He runs Nanolab in Australia  the specialist small gauge film processing laboratory. He actively encourages other artists to work with cine film through his Artist Film Workshop initiative (see artistfilmworkshop.org). He is also a founding director of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Richard was an active member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group. During this time, he was interested in narrative film making and made three long works on super 8 and 16mm. He then detoured into academic life for 7 years studying philosophy, first at La Trobe (where he received the David Hume honours prize for philosophy in 1995), then with an APA scholarship to undertake a PhD at the Australian National University (with a period in Germany).

After philosophy, Richard moved to Daylesford, built a house, and studied music and botany (privately) for some years. In 2005 he returned to filmmaking, but this time in the experimental/abstract cinema direction. In 2006 he and his partner started 'nanolab' as an artist run film laboratory offering super 8 processing. Richard also helps to convene the Artist Film Workshop - a screening and educational forum in Melbourne for encouraging the use of film in art practice. He has run numerous AFW workshops both at nanolab and at AFW in Melbourne.
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2014 is our 39th year.

Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.
Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org.
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


Arts > Visual
Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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