Experiment Perilous: Film Preview

Sat 05 Oct 2013

Experiment Perilous is tonight, doors open at 7:30, tickets on the door until 8.00.

We’d like to introduce you to the films that will be screening as part of Experiment Perilous, from Hedy Lamarr’s feature picture to the shorts that were carefully selected from Video Jam’s open call.

Each film has been paired with an originally composed piece of music which will be performed live in the Liverpool Cathedral’s Lady Chapel. We have already taken a few moments to profile the wonderful musicians who have been involved in this blind collaboration, so without further ado, here are the film-makers and their works.

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Dir. Jacques Tourneur, 1944, starring Hedy Lamarr

A 1944 melodrama set at the turn of the 20th century; the film is based on a 1943 novel by Margaret Carpenter and was directed by Jacques Tourneur. The story takes place in 1903. During a train trip, psychiatrist Dr. Huntington Bailey (George Brent) meets a friendly older lady (Olive Blakeney). She tells him that she is going to visit her brother Nick (Paul Lukas) and his lovely young wife Allida (Hedy Lamarr), but shortly afterwards Bailey hears that his train companion has died, and a chance meeting with the strange couple reveals that all is not what it seems…

SodaJerkThe Time That Remains
Dir. Soda Jerk, 2012

Soda Jerk is an two-person art collective that works with found material to trouble formulations of cultural history. ‘The Time that Remains’ is the third work in their ongoing Dark Matter series. Each video takes the form of a séance fiction where encounters are staged between the past and future selves of a deceased screen star.

Dir. Kara Blake, 2005

Timbre is a short film exploring sensory perception within an urban environment. The public space of the city is deconstructed into the private experiences of four women and their unique connections made between sight and sound. Kara is dedicated to crafting an audio-visual aesthetic that appropriately reflects the spirit of her subject matter and offers audiences a unique experience. Her work has been shown internationally and garnered numerous awards.

The Internet Is HandmadeThe Internet is Handmade
Dir. Hannah & Amy Buckley

The Internet is Handmade, was inspired by Andrew Blum’s book Tubes. The book explores the idea of the Internet as a real, physical thing, in contrast to the general perception of the Internet as an ethereal, mystical, cloud like being. the Internet is handmade is a reflection on this – exploring how both these perceptions of the Internet relate to the contemporary experiences of communication and the varied spaces in which we now exist.

Dir. Ron Fricke, 1992

In the ancient Sufi language, Baraka translates to mean ‘the thread that weaves life together.’ 21 years after its original 70mm theatrical release the film still stands as a landmark in the pantheon of modern cinema. It remains one of the most unique experiences in motion picture history. Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka has brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided meditation on humanity.”

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