MASTER CLASS AT NYU
THE CHAIR'S WORKSHOP PRESENTS:
JORGEN LETH, Wednesday April 1., 6:00 PM, Room 1027
Join us for what will surely be a memorable evening when esteemed filmmaker Jorgen Leth conducts a master class to discuss his vision of filmmaking that inspired the Dogme movement.
Jay Anania will host a Q&A and strongly urges you to see "The Five Obstructions", a documentary film in which Lars von Trier tasks his mentor, Jorgen Leth, with a series of filmmaking challenges.
A note from Jorgen Leth:
"I will select some clips and discuss things like "pure filmmaking", deconstruction, language, grammar, putting the single image above context, working with a single roll and "hypnotic implicity", making films like notebooks, the existential feeling of time passing through a film scene, working with movements and time, inspirations like The Living Theatre, Grotowski, Godard, Cassavetes, Dreyer, Julie Rainer, Warhol, talk about "cinema pauvre, using Bolex, the film roll counts down of eternity, about fascination and curiosity as the motor for my filmmaking, about the necessity to reinvent film language, to question what is image, what is sound, what is editing, or discuss my confidence in chance. I see chance always as a gift in fiction as well as in documentary, my idea that film should be like poems, don't know where it goes and why, never wrote a script, not even for my fiction films, the idea of studying human actions and being under a microscope, people doing simple things, facing camera, no need to move around and be busy etc., and basic thoughts like bringing order in chaos, the clarity of tableaux. There are many angles to talk about my method, as you can see - also how to travel, how to use your senses. I work with rules of game, as in "The Five Obstructions", limitations, in some films camera can't move, in other no editing. I would like to discuss all these kind of basic and maybe shocking ideas with the students."