EARLY MONTHLY SEGMENTS #70 Mary Helena Clark in person!
This month were pleased to host a screening of 16mm films by US-based filmmaker Mary Helena Clark. Clark is in Toronto to work on a new film based on Franco Morettis book Signs Taken for Wonders, the title of which could be an apt description of much of Clarks filmography. Clarks films place emphasis on fragments and momentary discoveries, whether the physical imprints of rotting textbooks found in a deserted school, as in After Writing, the very material detritus on a well-worn film print of Jean Cocteus Orphe, highlighted in Orpheus outtakes, or the way traveling through an iconic city like San Francisco, featured in The Dragon is the Frame, can capture references to moments gone-byboth universal and personal.
Clark's work will be shown in the context of three additional films that she has selected as complement, Amy Halperns brief and bright Invocation, Scott Starks amusing carpetuum mobile Hotel Cartograph, and Stephen Connollys multivalent expression on the idea of the Commons, The Whale.
Co-presented with Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto LIFT
Invocations, Amy Halpern, 1982, USA, 16mm, 2 min.
Orpheus outtakes, Mary Helena Clark, 2012, USA, 16mm, 6 min.
Sound Over Water, Mary Helena Clark, 2009, USA, 16mm, 6 min.
Hotel Cartograph, Scott Stark, 1983, USA, 16mm, 12 min.
After Writing, Mary Helena Clark, 2008, USA, 16mm, 4 min.
The Dragon is the Frame, Mary Helena Clark, 2014, USA, 16mm, 14 min. still image above
The Whale, Stephen Connolly, 2003, UK, 16mm, 9 min.
5-10$ suggested donation