Canyon Cinema Luminaries 2014: The Travellers – The Films of Mark Lapore and Robert Fulton
The Films of Mark Lapore
Curated by Irina Leimbacher
Introduction by Elisabeth Subrin, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Art at Temple University. A Q&A will follow the films.
Filmmaking and travelling are so deeply intertwined that they are almost inseparable in the lives and oeuvres of Mark Lapore (1952-2005) and Robert Fulton (1939-2002). This program is dedicated to these two very different artists for whom filmmaking was a way of exploring and reflecting on both the larger world and the act of seeing through film. The works of Lapore and Fulton each embody a radical and unique way of looking at other cultures or places and engaging with the space-time of landscapes or cities not our own. Both highly influential and much-loved teachers, they are among the most important experimental filmmakers of the end of the last century.
Mark Lapore spent time living and filming in Sudan, Sri Lanka, and India as well as Idaho and New York, and his work critically engages with both ethnographic and avant-garde traditions. Influenced by the long takes and cinematography of Lumière, Warhol, and Bresson, Lapore’s patient and aesthetically exquisite cinematic observations are never prurient and always revelatory. Humble yet penetrating, inquiring rather than assertive, Lapore elaborates a complex visual ethics across his oeuvre, questioning what it means to make images of other cultures.
dir. Mark LaPore, USA, 1989, 16mm, 16 min.
Depression in the Bay of Bengal
dir. Mark LaPore, USA, 1996, 16mm, 28 min.
The Five Bad Elements
dir. Mark LaPore, USA, 1997, 16mm, 35 min.
The Glass System
dir. Mark LaPore, USA, 2000, 16mm, 20 min.
Irina Leimbacher is a film scholar, curator and professor of film at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She is co-founder of kino21 and was the curator of the 2009 Flaherty Film Seminar.