Filmmaker David Gatten Discusses Working With Words

This event was held on December 1, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Filmmaker David Gatten will discuss his use of historical documents, "out-dated" instructional texts, and rare books as both inspiration and image in his film-making practice.

Over the last fifteen years Gatten's work has explored the intersection of the printed word and the moving image, while investigating the shifting vocabularies of experience and representation within intimate spaces and historical documents. Through traditional research methods (reading old books) and non-traditional film processes (boiling old books), the films trace the contours of both private lives and public histories, combining elements of philosophy, biography and poetry with experiments in cinematic forms and narrative structures.

David Gatten was born in Ann Arbor and is currently Visiting Professor and Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence in the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. His films have been exhibited internationally, he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and his works are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

On November 30th (the day before this event), Gatten will present a program of historic films at the Michigan Theater as part of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival Retrospective Screening Series.

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