Thursday, December 09, 2010

Lee and Kizys Jump to the Big Screen

One of the films screened in our mini-film festival organized by Eve Sussman last spring has since haunted my imagination. It's due in part to the fact that it's an interpretation of Ted Hughes's devastating Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow, but also due to the powerful vision of filmmaker Simon Lee and the otherworldly score by Algis Kizys. And so I am delighted to report that this work is going to larger theater than we had for a special screening at New York's IFC next week. See invite below
We invite you to a screening of 'Where is the Black Beast?' at the IFC Center in NYC on 16th December at 6:45pm. Details below. If you want to reserve complimentary tickets please rsvp by December 10th to ensure a seat. Hope you can make it --

Where is the Black Beast?
a film by Simon Lee and Algis Kizys
Screening at the IFC
December 16th, 2010 at 6:45p

On Thursday, December 16th at 6:45pm, Where is the Black Beast? by Simon Lee and Algis Kizys will screen at the IFC Center in Manhattan.

Where is the Black Beast? is a film interpretation of Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow by Ted Hughes.

Lee pieces together hundreds of abandoned photographs into a film driven by Hughes’ epic cycle of poems. Kizys’compositions guide the piece, with original scores written for each reader: Nesbitt Blaisdell, Carla Bozulich, Julie Spodeck, Flaminia Genari, Eve Sussman, Simon Lee and Algis Kizys.

The mythical imagery and dark cadence of the poetry create a narrative from ordinary familial snapshots. The basic human interaction and gesture between the subjects in the photos becomes imbued with a larger universal meaning.

There will be a brief Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening. This is a single event, so it’s not to be missed. The IFC Center is at 323 6th Ave at West 3rd St., New York.

To reserve a seat please contact

Simon Lee works in photography, video and installation. His public arts project, Bus Obscura , was part of Miami Basel in 2004 and has since toured extensively in the US and abroad. He has shown work at the Tinguely Museum in Basel, The Passenger’s Festival in Warsaw, Roebling Hall, New York; Pierogi, Brooklyn; Univeristy of Hertforshire, London and Colgate University, Hamilton. He was born in Yorkshire and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Algis Antanas Kizys has played bass/toured/recorded with Swans, Foetus, Pigface, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Of Cabbages and Kings, The Glenn Branca Ensemble, Bag People, The Problem Dogs, and NeVAh amongst others, and non-bass in Prowers, The Termites and The Hallicrafters-- a short-wave radio ensemble. Through the years he has had the delight to have worked with Alex Hacke, Lydia Lunch, Nels Cline, Jonathan Bepler, Eve Sussman, Matthew Barney, to name a few. Film credits include Eve Sussman’s The Rape of the Sabine Women and whiteonwhite:algorithmicthriller, and Gus Van Sant’s Finding Forrester. He has also participated in Experimental Skeleton, Inc with their Dream Machine Project.

Where is the Black Beast? has been shown at the LOOP video festival in Barcelona, the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, and Decalogue: Films You Can Count On Two Hands at Winkleman Gallery in New York.

With thanks to IFC
Remember to RSVP by tomorrow. We hope to see you there!

Labels: gallery artists exhibitions


Blogger Stefano Pasquini said...

Ciao Ed, I admit I haven't had time to check your site for a while, but I was expecting your take on the Wikileaks affair. To me shutting it down, arrest the guy and have Paypal and Mastercard withdraw the possibility of donating through them is huge, isn't it?

12/10/2010 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a country like Spain who understands the hideous marriage of fascism and religion who fights for Wikileaks while America goes into it's usual knee-jerk conservative response to every friggin' thing.

----ondine nyc

12/11/2010 10:57:00 PM  

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