. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)


Posted by | Robyn Farrell | Posted on | October 15, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m. | Laida Lertxundi in person!

Image from My Tears Are Dry (Laida Lertxundi, 2009). Image courtesy of the artist.

Shot within and around Los Angeles, Laida Lertxundi’s seductively enigmatic films mix soul music and art punk as non-actors lounge within sublime beachscapes, cheap motels, and light-flooded apartments. My Tears Are Dry (2009) is a luscious and melodic composition that lures the viewer into and out of a warm afternoon nap. Outmoded technologies like boomboxes and SD video monitors become compositional props set amidst breathtaking landscapes in Cry When It Happens (2010).  Footnotes to a House of Love (2007) intimately captures the day-to-day activities that fill and surround a dilapidated desert house. For this program, Lertxundi weaves together her own pieces with works by filmmakers who have influenced her practice, including Hollis Frampton, Bruce Baillie, and Morgan Fisher.

LAIDA LERTXUNDI’S (b. 1981, Bilbao, Spain) work has shown at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, MoMA, LACMA, Viennale, “Views from the Avant Garde” at the New York Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. She received the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival and was named in CinemaScope’s “Best of the Decade” reviews and as one of the “25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century” in Film Comment’s Avant-Garde Poll. She is a film and video programmer in the U.S. and Spain, and has published various articles on film, most recently in the anthology La risa oblicua and Bostezo magazine. She teaches film at the University of California San Diego and lives in Los Angeles, California.