Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Center for New Music – 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco
$10.00 / free for Cinematheque Members
Presented in association with San Francisco Cinematheque and Center for Asian American Media. Ding Xin in person.
“As prelude to Cinematheque’s Fall 2017 exhibition season, we are thrilled to present this urgent last minute screening. Please join us for this extremely rare presentation of sights and sounds by Beijing filmmaker Ding Xin (aka Sandy Ding).
Using hand-made film techniques (including hand-processing and DIY printing and a beautiful, at times abject, sense of visual poetry), Ding’s films explore the permeable boundaries between being and non-being and the cinematic paradox between photochemical materiality and the transcendent qualities of immaterial light and sound. The anatomical and ever-rising home-printed The Radio Wave of Blood Beneath the Dirt Ice and Flowers (2006; view excerpt) is a ‘celebration of active chemistry in the blood vine underground’ (Ding) while The Moon (2006) portrays our planets partner in flickering emulsive abstraction. The stately landscape study Mancoon (2007) presents lush forest views with a sense of an abiding presence (‘the camera looks at the world and worships what it sees’) while Kolijevka (2016), a dark incantation filmed in a Croatian cemetery, suggests peace in both the cradle and the grave. Dream Enclosure (2014) uses (to quote the Syros Film Festival) ‘looping, flickering imagery and echoing sound create an immersive and hypnotic space that hovers constantly between reality and dream.’ For this very special in-person screening, Ding will perform live electronic soundtracks to his films River in Castle (2016) a hand-made found footage horror film assembled from Croatian film lab leftovers and Prisms (2012; view excerpt), a scintillating amalgam of abstract lens-work and microscopy.” – Steve Polta
Ding Xin: Blood Beneath
The Radio Wave of Blood Beneath the Dirt Ice and Flowers (2006, 8 min, B&W)
The Moon (2006, 4 min, color)
Mancoon (2008, 8 min, color)
Kolijevka (2016, 8 min, color)
Dream Enclosure (2012-2014, 18 min, B&W)
River in Castle (2016, 8 min, color)
Prisms (2012, 19 min, color)
Sandy Ding is a experimental filmmaker live and work in China. He has been introduced to filmmaking when he studied in CalArts in United States. His film is focused on mysteries and the subconscious, using film material and digital techniques to escalate the screen. He also work on sound and experimental music. His work has been shown in festivals and private screenings inside and outside China.
Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.