Filmmaker Kathleen Rugh, in-person, comes to Moviate to present a collection of her lyrical 16mm films created over the last nine years. Her films find awe with views of the everyday through enchanting light, unexpected portrayals of dimension, and lens distortions that show how the camera can alter the reality of a space. There emerges a sense of wonderment with how we see the world and the imagery becomes an experience of a space rather than a straight representation.
Here’s a clip from Rugh’s latest film “East, West, and East Again”, which compares the beaches of New York City and those outside of Los Angeles. At moments the two opposing coasts are sliced together through in-camera edits and double exposures.
Kathleen Rugh is a filmmaker and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her films have screened throughout the US and internationally, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Images Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Antimatter [Media Art], EXiS Experimental Film Festival, and the Athens International Film and Video Festival. She has received funding for her films through the New York State Council on the Arts and teaches filmmaking at The New School in New York City.
The Lanthanide Series is an experimental documentary about rare earth elements (the lanthanides), black mirrors (from obsidian to iPads), and how technology is reshaping the way we record the present and replay the past. From the portals of personal computing devices to ancient obsidian mirrors, optical tools control how people see, foresee, record, and remember their lives. The Lanthanide Series meditates on how we frame and understand the world through such material means and instruments, with a reliance on certain chemical elements and the people who we love.
"Part poetry, part chemistry lesson, part landscape film, part cinematic exploration, part history and geography lesson, part environmental revelation ,part magic. The Lanthanide Series is something new under the sun." – Scott MacDonald
"The Lanthanide Series fuses poetry and science to create a thrillingly uncategorizable work." – Anthology Film Archives
The screening is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Film & Media Studies program at Franklin & Marshall College and Moviate.
About the filmmaker:
Erin Espelie '01 has a degree in molecular and cell biology from Cornell University and an MFA in experimental and documentary arts from Duke University. Her films have shown at the New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute, the Natural History Museum of London, and the Rotterdam and Edinburgh International Film Festivals among others. She holds a joint appointment at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Film Studies Program & the Department of Critical Media Practices.
Erin Espelie will be at the screening to present and discuss the film.