Skinside Out: Film and Video by Bill Brand | Chicago Reader

Skinside Out: Film and Video by Bill Brand

Seven works by an experimentalist who works in a variety of styles. In Chuck's Will's Widow (1982), Brand alters images of the wooded area where his parents' and grandfather's ashes were scattered, breaking them up into layered, jigsaw-puzzle-like patterns that infuse the landscape with inchoate emotion. In My Father's Leg (1996), the filmmaker presents fragmentary close-ups of his own body, superimposing upon them handwritten titles expressing his fear of acquiring his father's ailments. The images in Rate of Change (1972) are solid colors that change at a rate so gradual as to be barely perceptible; a foghornlike noise on the sound track is oddly amusing. But Moment (1972), a study of a rotating gas station sign, borders on tedium. Brand will attend the screening. 94 min.

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