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General News: Filmmaker Presents 3 Short Films

April 18, 2012

Filmmaker Jacob Burckhardt will present three of his films on April 27th at 7:30 PM at the Seligmann Center for the Arts, located at 23 White Oak Drive, in Sugar Loaf, NY 10981 as part of the Seligmann Center’s 2012 Film Series. Mr. Burckhardt will introduce the films and lead a discussion following the screenings.

The film series is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. Donations to offset expenses are gladly accepted. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 845-469-9459 or email bonnie@occitizensfoundation.org. This event is co-sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council and the Orange County Citizens Foundation.

Along with the film series, other events at the Seligmann Center include an “Homage to Kurt Seligmann” Collage Exhibit curated by Jonathan Talbot and Jessica Lawrence through June 15th, a Surrealism Cabaret on May 25thcurated by William Seaton and David Horton, and a poetry workshop focused on the NY School of Poets with Janet Hamill on September 29th. A retrospective art exhibit featuring the works of Kurt Seligmann will open on September 6th.

The Seligmann Center for the Arts is housed in Swiss-American Surrealist painter Kurt Seligmann’s former estate. The mission of the Center is to further the understanding of the life and work of Mr. Seligmann and his contemporaries, as well as advance the study of Surrealism and its ongoing legacy.

Here's a preview of the films:

A Guided Tour of Edith's Apartment
video by Jacob Burckhardt, 2010, 47 minutes
In March 2009, Edith Schloss Burckhardt, the 90-year-old painter and writer, took her son, the filmmaker Jacob Burckhardt, on a tour of her apartment.
Edith has been living in the historic center of Rome since 1962, painting and writing art criticism and her memoirs.

Yaknetuma from the Lower East

1974, 9 min., color
Jacob Burckhardt in collaboration with Laleen Jayamanne, is dance filmed on the streets and rooftops of New York, based on an ancient Sri Lankan exorcism ritual.

Roma
2004, 11 minutes, 16mm, Black and White
A poetic view of the Modern Ancient city from the point of view of a familiar pedestrian. Stones, water, graffitti, lights, the Pope, cats, people in the streets, clouds, markets, and even a few monuments, captured on a Bolex with grainy black and white film. Camera, editing, and sound by Jacob Burckhardt, music by Carlo Buti and Tschipolla

ABOUT JACOB BURCKHARDT

Jacob Burckhardt has been directing and producing films since the early nineteen seventies. All the while making underground movies, Jacob Burckhardt has worked at a variety of jobs: blueberry picker, steel Mill laborer, Fuller Brush man, truck driver, taxi driver, camera repairman and photographer of painting and sculpture. He has done sound recording in North Africa, worked in the industry as staff re-recording mixer at Ross-Gaffney, Inc., and now runs a post-production sound editing and mixing facility at Workedit, Inc.

He has made 33 movies, most in 16mm and some in video and super-8. In 2002, he began a collaboration with Royston Scott which has resulted in three movies in the series "Black Moments in Great History," the latest of which is "Tomorrow Always Comes." His 16 millimeter work also includes a series of poetic and contemplative black and white shorts, such as "Roma" (2004), a "poetic" view of the modern ancient city from the point of view of a familiar pedestrian, with stones, water, graffiti, lights, cats, pedestrians, and even the Pope.
Mr. Burckhardt prefers shorts in film and video, where it is possible to preserve a direct relationship between the film and the filmmakers, and still photography on gelatin silver paper.

Jacob Burckhardt is son of the Swiss-born photographer and experimental filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt.



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