“Confronting Paradise” in New York City

Still from <i>Footnotes to a House of Love</i> (Laida Lertxundi, 2007)
Confronting Paradise: New Film and Video from CalArts
When: 8 pm Sunday, July 8, 2007
Where: The Tank 279 Church Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $7

Valencia, California, June 18, 2007—The Tank is pleased to present Confronting Paradise, a program of short films and videos from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Last summer, The Museum of Modern Art screened Tomorrowland: CalArts in Moving Pictures – a 30-year retrospective of student work from CalArts. Confronting Paradise picks up where Tomorrowland ended, with new 16mm, super-8 and video work that challenges the bounds of contemporary American film and video culture.

The CalArts film and video program “has consistently produced work that is at once intimate, inventive, and technically sophisticated,” noted Tomorrowland’s curator Joshua Siegel. The 14 current students and recent graduates of CalArts’ MFA program featured in Confronting Paradise continue to forge new creative pathways. “The work ranges from observational and essay-based documentary to abstract narrative forms,” said co-programmer Vera Brunner-Sung. “Above all, it is defined by its persistent level of inquiry into the world, and uniquely personal vision.”

Image: still from Footnotes to a House of Love (Laida Lertxundi, 2007)