Went to the Pacific Film Archive last night to see Nathaniel Dorskys: August and After, The Return, and Pastourelle
They were all completely silent which was difficult because first of all that sense isn't engaged when it's used to being all the time, especially in a movie setting so you're distracted by the longing to hear the music that you think should be accompanying the beautiful visuals. You kind of go crazy and start to hear the score that doesnt exist. The second thing is you relay on the sound during a screening to relax completely, because any noise you make will be masked by the blaring sounds from the speakers but when there is silence any ambient noise is heard; rustling, chewing, adjusting, breathing, bowels moving....but those arent as distracting as your own attempt to be completely quiet. Silence is definitely something you have to train yourself to be in.
Notes for the Q and A:
-Learn to know what you're good at. It will work.
-the film Mussolini has such lack of bullshit - watch it. watch Joan of Arc
-look into ken jacobs
-cinema is light sculpture in time.
-The natural is very magical. When it's right reality begins to let it manifest.
-finish everything no matter how bad - it releases you into something new - or else youll be stuck.
-continuity through the various - extend beyond.
-its about generosity - are you telling people something or offering them something? - invite them to enter and discover. Lets you in.