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Films by Vincent Grenier


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French-Canadian experimental filmmaker Vincent Grenier, currently a teacher at the Art Institute, will show and discuss his most recent works: the 14-minute short Time's Wake (1987) and the nearly hour-long I.D. (1988). Part of the fascination of both stems from Grenier's capacity to build his images and sound tracks in densely woven yet constantly interacting and changing layers. Time's Wake--made from diverse materials shot over a decade in color and black and white, and described as "a collection of 'windows' on a personal past"--features lyrical superimpositions and a very musical sense of camera movement. The black-and-white I.D. utilizes superimpositions of image and sound to capture a series of monologues and dialogues by acquaintances of Grenier in Binghamton, New York; the camera and microphone capture the people and their surroundings elliptically yet far from objectively, functioning largely as participants in the encounters. Original and often beautiful, these films encourage us to reconsider phenomenological experience as well as memory in fresh and interesting ways. (Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont, Friday, April 7, 8:00, 281-8788)

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