David Gatten

Silent Mountains, Singing Oceans,
and Slivers of Time:
Six Films by David Gatten

“The films of David Gatten brand the brain and the retina with equal force.” —Moving Image Source

Jack H. Skirball Series

Over the last 15 years, David Gatten has explored the intersection of the printed word and moving image with a depth and imagination unique to cinema. Making connections across fields of knowledge and meaning, Gatten’s films generate tactile compositions and draw novel conclusions from 19th-century scientific treatises, “outdated” 20th-century instructional texts, and rare books from 17th- and 18th-century personal libraries. Gatten, a leading figure dedicated to mining 16mm film’s continuing expressive possibilities in the digital era, was recently included in Cinema scope’s “Best Fifty Filmmakers Under Fifty.” This program, Part 3 of a touring retrospective, consists of six films made between 1998 and 2010. Part 1 screens at the Velaslavasay Panorama on October 27 and Part 2 at Los Angeles Filmforum on October 28.

In person: David Gatten

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Associated Images: 

MON 10/29
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff