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Canyon Cinema’s Long Form Films

Step Across the Border

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Sunday 2/22
4:00 pm

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, Tickets ARE Also Available From the IHP Box Office, which is normally open Tue-Sat from noon-8pm (or, for events outside of those times, from one hour before until one hour after the scheduled starting time).  
call 215.895.6590. 

dir. Nicolas Humbert/Werner Penzel, USA, 1990, 35mm, 90 mins. b&w


Curated and hosted by professor and film scholar Irina Leimbacher / Q&A will follow

“In Step Across the Border, two forms of artistic expression, improvised music and cinema direct, are interrelated. In both forms it is the moment that counts, the intuitive sense for what is happening in a space. Music and film come into existence out of an intense perception of the moment, not from the transformation of a preordained plan. In improvisation the plan is revealed only at the end. One finds it. The other connection concerns the work method: the film team as band. Much as musicians communicate via the music, our work, too, was realized within a very small and flexible team of equals. What mattered was exchange. And movement. Sometimes we started filming in the middle of the night, responding to a new idea that had arisen only minutes before. We had a fundamental feeling for what we wanted to do, for what kind of film this should be. And we followed that feeling.” — Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel

With musicians: Fred Frith, Joey Baron, Cyro Baptista, Iva Bitova, Tom Cora, Jean Derome, Pavel Fajt, Eitetsu Hayashi, Tim Hodgkinson, Arto Lindsay, Rene Lussier, Haco, Kevin Norton, Bob Ostertag, Zeena Parkins, Lawrence Wright, John Zorn, and many others. And: Robert Frank, Julia Judge, Jonas Mekas, Ted Milton, John Spacely, Yasushi Utsonomiya, Tom Walker.