Image Alchemy: The Films of Phil Solomon at the Pacific Film Archive Theater
In Person/Phil Solomon
“Over a three-decade career, filmmaker Phil Solomon has established himself as one of the great visionary artists of American experimental cinema.”—National Gallery of Art
“Film Meets Vision, Rejoice!”—Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Phil Solomon is an alchemist and archeologist of cinema. His complex optical treatments of found and original footage create mesmerizing degraded images that shimmer and shatter, revealing their hidden poetry. Meditations on loss, decay, and memory, his 16mm films are unsettling yet unforgettable. More recently, Solomon has worked digitally to create haunting, evocative landscapes. In the trilogy In Memoriam, he draws on the video game series Grand Theft Auto to conjure an existential tale of solemn beauty. In his most recent Psalm, the moody Valley of the Shadow, John Huston reads Joyce’s The Dead.
What's Out Tonight is Lost 1983, 8 mins, Silent, Color, 16mm, From Academy Film Archive. New Restoration!
Psalm I: "The Lateness of the Hour" 1999, 10 mins, B&W, 16mm, From Academy Film Archive. New Restoration!
In Memoriam (Mark LaPore, 1952-2005)
Rehearsals for Retirement 2007, 10 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist
Last Days In A Lonely Place 2007, 22 mins, B&W, Digital video, From the artist
Still Raining, Still Dreaming 2009, 12 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist
Psalm IV: “Valley of the Shadow” 2013, 7 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist
Total running time: 69 mins
• San Francisco Cinematheque hosts Solomon on Saturday, October 19 when he presents his three-screen triptych American Falls at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Complete details at sfcinematheque.org.