Showing posts with label Film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Film. Show all posts

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Three Dances

I began studying film and video because of my deep interests in the still image, but also because I needed to express myself in another medium.  When projected in succession, still images meld together, and the persistence of vision creates a "movie."  The retina retains the image longer than the eye is exposed to it.  The individual images that were captured on film were on individual frames, and separated from one another only by an instant. The technology has evolved dramatically since Edison and the Lumiere brothers' created their "movies" in the 1890s.  

People's likenesses, images, mannerisms, facial and corporal expressions fascinate me.  As a dancer, I attended a great deal not only to my own studies as a flamenco dancer, but to how other people move and use their bodies, and why - athletes, musicians, 2-d and 3-d artists, and well, all likes of people.  

Our brains have a truly "incredible" way (sure, maybe scientists can explain it, but there is still very little we know about the brain) of creating dreams.  Ideas, thoughts, feelings, experiences, memories, concepts, perceptions, and even spirits enter our dreams.  When my sister died, it was a traumatic experience, and one of the ways I was able to mourn was to express myself through dancing.  At the same time, I wrote quite a lot, and found myself developing a video about my experiences that I was having. I had already been studying film and video, and I found that this medium was a good form for my expression.  I actually made two films based on my story titled Ruby Red, but Three Dances was somewhat of a sequel to it.  It was actually a more evolved version of my writing and first film about her.  Interrelated, but two different expressions.  

The five pieces that I made throughout my exploration of film and video are:  ...and unto those banks, Ruby Red, Within Me, Three Dances and Immemorial.  They resulted from a great deal of writing, research, shooting and editing.  It was something that I needed to do, and as such, like Rainer Maria Rilke, I believe art [writing, to cite him accurately] is created out of need.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Hubbell House Alliance in partnership with Bernalillo County Open Space
presents a New Mexico Statehood Centennial Celebration

Cien Años Después en Cine – 100 Years Later in film - Saturday night June 2nd @ 8pm

   Outdoor Film Series:
"Movies Under the Stars"   

Contemporary films by local producers offering visual expression of culture, traditions, and history of NM rural communities.

documentary film by Cynthia J. Gómez      
documentary film by Samuel Sisneros    
documentary film by Andrés Armijo
Short trailer for "Within Me" by Andrés Armijo

   Saturday, June 2, 2012 @ 8pm   
at the Gutiérrez Hubbell House
6029 Isleta SW Abq. NM 87105 (2.5 miles south of Río Bravo Boulevard)

FREE! (donations accepted) - bring your folding chair or blanket - filmmakers present

For more information, email  505 244-0507 or or call 314-0398 or visit:                                                                                                  
LAND WATER PEOPLE TIME by Cynthia Gómez is a documentary film about cultural and environmental loss and preservation in Northern New Mexico. Across the landscape of Northern New Mexico, people speak about the relationship between people, place and time. Set in a complex 500 year history of Intertribal relations and European colonialism. Negotiating raiding and barter; periods of famine, abundance and disease; international and civil wars and peace – the survival of people often resulted in cultural blending of Native Americans, Spanish, Black and Anglo people with their natural environments. The film allows the viewer to witness for themselves, a simple yet meaningful sensibility of natural surroundings, personal and intergenerational history, and the people that sustain those cultures celebrated in Northern New Mexico. Cynthia Jeannette Gómez, Producer. Daniel Valerio, Producer. David Lindblom, Director.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE is an eleven-minute documentary, by Samuel Sisneros tells the story of a family from Los Lentes, New Mexico and how it shares a common ancestry and history with Isleta Pueblo. Through image and dialogue, the video gives local representation towards the understanding of larger social issues that take place in many New Mexican communities involving race, family history, and cultural and social boundaries.

WITHIN ME is a thirty-three minute documentary film by Andrés Armijo reflecting his family history, his relationship with his father, and issues of identity. This personal portrait is told with photographs, letters, home movies and genealogical research of a family with roots in Albuquerque.