Heinz Emigholz

Heinz Emigholz: Schindler’s Houses

West Coast premiere | Germany, 2007, 99 min., 35mm, color

"I would happily rank Schindler’s Houses on the short list of essential modern movies about our city’s physical and social geography." - Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly

Jack H. Skirball Screening Series

This program is part of a Heinz Emigholz screening series coordinated by Adam Hyman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Filmforum that takes place in Los Angeles April 6-13, 2008 at the following venues: Los Angeles Filmforum (April 6 & April 13), LACMA (April 10), MAK Center (April 11) and UCLA Film & Television Archive (April 12). This series represents an unprecedented cooperation among leading alternative venues in this dispersed city, allowing filmgoers to attend events wherever it is convenient.

See listings below. Information: www.filmforum.org, www.lacma.org, www.makcenter.com and www.cinema.ucla.edu Program made possible with the support of the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles: >www.austria-la.org

For the past 15 years, the idiosyncratic Berlin filmmaker Heinz Emigholz has created a series of films documenting the work of certain 20th-century architects for whom he feels a special affinity. What attracts him particularly is the complex organization of interior spaces and the spatial relations between a building and its immediate surroundings. So this encounter with the “space architecture” of fellow maverick Rudolph Schindler, who practiced in Los Angeles from 1922 to 1953, seems not only natural but almost inevitable, and Schindler’s Houses has become the most popular of Emigholz’s architecture films, even as his rejection of all the clichés and conventions of architectural photography has sparked controversy. Schindler’s Houses is also a witty and incisive portrait of Los Angeles, perhaps the best documentary about the city ever made.

In person: Heinz Emigholz

Note: This screening at REDCAT has sold out, please note that Schindler's Houses will screen again on April 12 at 8:45 pm at the UCLA Film & Television Archive (see listing below).

Born in 1948 near Bremen, Heinz Emigholz studied drawing in Hamburg. Since 1973, he has worked as a freelance film maker, artist, cameraman, actor, author, publisher and producer in Germany and the United States. He has published a number of books, given lectures and has had many exhibitions and retrospectives. In 1974 he started working on the encylopedic drawing series The Basis of Make-up. In 1978, he founded his own production company, Pym Films. Since 1993, he has been teaching experimental film directing at the Berlin College of Arts. His most recent film, Loos Ornamental, premiered at the Berlinale in February 2008. A major exhibition of his series The Basis of Make-Up recently appeared at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany, from December 2007 to February 2008.
More information: www.pym.de. For the first time, five different venues in Los Angeles are joining efforts to present a week of events centered around this remarkable filmmaker. Over the week, nine films from his Photography and Beyond series will be screened with Emigholz in attendance.

Started in 1984, Photography and Beyond consists of formally rigorous, revelatory films that examine artistic creativity. It is a series of twenty-five films about art and design -- “projections” that become visible as writings, drawings, photography, architecture and sculpture. In the films devoted to architecture, Emigholz states, he “look[s] at architectural spaces that I believe have been sorely neglected by ‘architectural history’.” What attracts him particularly is the complex organization of interior spaces and the spatial relations between a building and its immediate surroundings.

The films presented in the Los Angeles film series trace a history of direct influences: Rudolph M. Schindler (1887–1953) studied with Adolf Loos (1870–1933), who was influenced by Louis H. Sullivan (1856–1924). Emigholz’s cinematic “archives” of these architects’ existing buildings, with minimal commentary, provide a rare opportunity for careful contemplation and study of the space, light, and materials of architecture. “I believe that everyone perceives space differently and that art and structure arise out of the perception of these nuances,” Emigholz says. “The world reveals itself to us, and we show each other the world—not just different facets, but our different views. During peacetime, this is an endless process that deserves to be loved.”
[Notes expanded from a text by Kathy Geritz, Pacific Film Archive].

Additional Screenings and Events involving Heinz Emigholz

Sunday April 6 – Filmforum at the Egyptian Theatre - 7:00 pm

All Los Angeles Premieres
The Basis Of Make-Up II (Photography and Beyond 4)

Featured are sixty-nine of Heinz Emigholz's illustrated notebooks from 1983 to 1996, three sketch books from the 80s and 90s, and cinematic studies of some of his exhibition. The Basis of Make-Up is “the center around which my feature films revolve. I imagine them as an intermezzo between the long films, the data bank as a breather.” (Heinz Emigholz).
(1995-2000, 35mm, color, 48 min.)
Miscellanea I (Photography And Beyond 5)
(1988-2001, 35mm, b&w, 20 min.)
Miscellanea II (Photography and Beyond 6)
(1988-2001, 35mm, color, 19 min.)
Miscellanea I and II, as their titles suggest, are studies done during the filming of various other projects, “left-overs” that are assembled here in a new and fascinating way. They were shot on b&w and color 35mm film from 1988 to 1997.

Los Angeles Filmforum
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90028
For reservations, email the name & number in your party to lafilmforum@yahoo.com.
$9 general; $6 students/seniors

Thursday April 10 - LACMA – 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Premiere
Goff in The Desert (Photography and Beyond 7)

(2002/03, 35mm, color, 110 min.)
These filmic photographs are an open-minded look at the work of Kansas-born architect Bruce Goff, who used brick, wood, glass, and stone to create surprising patterns and take buildings in radical directions. Shooting took place on 40 days in April and May 2002 during a 9,200-mile journey across the United States.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Leo S. Bing Theatre, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 Admission to the screening is FREE, but tickets are required and can be picked up at the box office from noon on the day of the screening. Information: (323) 857-6010; www.lacma.org

Friday, April 11 – MAK Center – 7:00 pm
Reception for Heinz Emigholz at R.M. Schindler’s landmark Kings Road House/Studio (1921- 22). The evening will include a conversation between Heinz Emigholz, noted experimental filmmaker Thom Andersen, and architect, author and Schindler expert Judith Sheine. In addition to enjoying the exchange between Emigholz, Andersen, and Sheine, visitors will be able to tour the house and grounds of Schindler’s signature creation.

MAK Center for Art and Architecture
The Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood CA 90069, 323-651-1510
TICKETS: $7, free for friends of the Schindler House

Saturday April 12 – UCLA Film & Television Archive – 7:00 pm
North American Premiere
Loos Ornamental
(2008, 35mm, color, probably 80 min.)
World Premiere at Berlin Film Festival, 2008
Emigholz’s latest film meticulously reveals the architecture of Austrian architect Adolf Loos -- one of the pioneers of European Modernist architecture and a mentor to both Schindler and Richard Neutra. His vehement turn against ornamentation on buildings triggered a controversy in architectural theory.
Saturday April 12 – UCLA Film & Television Archive – 8:45 pm
(separate admission)
Schindler's Houses (Photography and Beyond 12)

(2007, 35mm, color, 99 min.).
Emigholz depicts forty buildings by architect Rudolph Schindler, revealing Schindler’s singular vision, his acute attention to spatial relations and to the natural environment, and his captivating and idiosyncratic architectural vocabulary. UCLA Film & Television Archive The Billy Wilder Theater is located on the courtyard level of the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., at the northeast corner of the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Blvds., just east of the 405. $9 general; $8 Cineclub members/students/seniors; $7 Cineclub members who are seniors/students; $10 advance tickets; purchase online at www.cinema.ucla.edu. Separate admission for each show.
Parking: $3 in the lot under the theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire

Sunday April 13 - Filmforum at the Egyptian Theatre – 7:00 pm
All Los Angeles Premieres
Sullivan's Banks (Photography and Beyond 2)

(1993-2000, 35mm, color, 38 min.)
Emigholz presents the buildings of Louis Sullivan, who at the age of 35 became one of America’s most famous architects. The skyscraper trilogy ("Wainwright Building", St. Louis 1892, "Guaranty Building", Buffalo 1896, "Bayard Building", NYC 1899) that he designed together with Dankmar Adler can be found in every dictionary of architecture. Miscellanea III (Photography and Beyond 10)
(1997-2004, 35mm, 22 min.)
A collage of architectural footage taken in the U.S. in April and May 2002 during the filming of Goff in the Desert and in Italy after March 24, 1997 in preparation for the project D’Annunzio’s Cave. Maillart's Bridges (Photography and Beyond 3)
(2001, 35mm, 24 min.)
The film shows fourteen concrete roof constructions and bridges designed and built by Swiss architect Robert Maillart between 1910 and 1935. Maillart revolutionized concrete-based construction; by reducing the material to the essential load-bearing elements and redesigning these in his structures, he developed a completely novel world of forms.
Los Angeles Filmforum www.lafilmforum.org
see address, ticket information above (April 6).

The Jack H. Skirball Screening Series is curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud

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