From an homage to Scottish physicist Michael Faradays teachings, to Icelandic landscapes graced by Auden and MacNeices epistolary wits, and her continued examination of landscapes relationship to power structures, Forces and Gazes, a three-part program of Deborah Stratmans films and videos, screened at Anthology Film Archives on July 22 and 23, and featured many of her rarely seen works.
Starting with the title, cruel irony abounds in journalist David Frances How To Survive a Plague, a systemic dissection of the NYC-based gay communitys response to the AIDS epidemic and the lessons learned by its principal activists.
A young woman enters her chic quarters. She begins to disrobe, preparing for bed. A hand wearing a black leather driving gloves reaches out and cuts the cord for the lights.
The French filmmaker Chris Marker died only a couple of days before the start of the Festival del Film Locarno, Southern Switzerlands annual sampling of international cinema, festival ephemera, and European premieres of Hollywood films (including Soderberghs Magic Mike), but his ghost seemed to loom large over the programmers selections.