With Vanessa Renwick
CINEMA 16 | SAT NOV 10 | 1:30 PM | Q&A
Vanessa Renwick has been self-producing films and videos in her own indomitable style since the early 1980s. Her DIY aesthetic can present a challenge to an indie film scene that sometimes seems to care more about slickness and commercial success than originality of spirit. The Oregon Department of Kick Ass is an eclectic sampling of her very best work, spanning more than 20 years. It will be fast and aggressive, slow and contemplative, hard to pin down — and harder to forget.
Britton, South Dakota (2003, 9 min.)
Ivan Besse was the Strand movie theater manager in Britton, South Dakota, during the Depression. He had a 16mm camera and went about town shooting people at their various activities during the day.
Toxic Shock (1983, 16mm, 3 min.)
Renwick’s experimental response to sweating out near death with Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Portrait #1: Cascadia Terminal (2005, 6 min.)
A mesmerizing stare with a hypnotic score at the most efficient grain terminal at the port of Vancouver, B.C.
Portrait #2: Trojan (2006, 5 min.)
A monumental nuclear power plant tower is imploded and Renwick calmly documents its demise. Stunning to watch and perfectly blunt.
Portrait #3: House of Sound (2009, 11 min.)
Circling the empty corner where a historic Portland record store once stood among a strip of black jazz clubs, Portrait #3: House of Sound is a testimonial to a community and cultural space recently demolished.
Richart (2001, 23 min.)
A tour through the mind of obsessive collagist and front yard artist Richard Tracy.
SF HITCH (1981/2012, 5 min.)
Renwick and her wolf dog, Zeb, set off hitching in the early 80′s from Chicago to SF to check out the scene. They met some beats and some freaks.
Also experience Vanessa Renwick’s installation Medusa Smack at the Cinema on the Verge gallery Nov. 3-11, 2012 from 11am – 8pm.