Canyon Cinema Luminaries 2014: The Travellers – The Films of Mark Lapore and Robert Fulton
The Films of Robert Fulton
Curated by Irina Leimbacher
Introduction by Robert E. Cargni, IHP's Associate Director of Arts and Senior Curator. A moderated discussion 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.
Robert Fulton was a professional pilot and aerial cinematographer in addition to making his own documentary and experimental films. Filming in the United States, the Andes, Nepal, Africa, and elsewhere, Fulton often combined places and images to create dream-like flows of thoughts and associations. The exquisite kinetic rhythms of his camera movements and his editing, as well as his use of superimpositions, create lyrical and breathtaking visions with Fulton’s travelling camera embodying both internal and external journeys.
dir. Robert E. Fulton, USA, 1970, b/w & color, 5 min.
Path of Cessation
dir. Robert E. Fulton, USA, 1974, b/w & color, 17 min.
dir. Robert E. Fulton, USA, 1982, b/w, silent, 17.5 min.
dir. Robert E. Fulton, USA, 1982, b/w & color, 14 min.
Wilderness: A Country in the Mind
dir. Robert E. Fulton, USA 1984, 16mm, color, 20 min.
dir. Robert Fulton, USA, 16mm, color & b/w,3 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.