FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 17, 2001

ACCLAIMED SCOTTISH VIDEO ARTIST DOUGLAS GORDON TO APPEAR IN PERSON AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHQUE WITH HIS PIECE ‘FEATURE FILM’ AND HITCHCOCK’S ‘VERTIGO’

Presented in collaboration with MOCA

 

HOLLYWOOD – Scottish Video Artist Douglas Gordon will appear in-person at the American Cinematheque on Sunday, September 16, 2001 to present FEATURE FILM (1999, Artangel, 81 min), a piece that examines the suspense created by Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO. Following a discussion with Gordon about FEATURE FILM, Hitchcock’s VERTIGO will play as the second part of the double feature. This special event coincides with MOCA’s exhibition "Douglas Gordon" at The Geffen Contemporary (September 16, 2001 - January 20, 2002). While well-known in Europe, this is the first survey of the artist’s work in the United States. Over the past decade, Douglas Gordon has emerged as one of the most important artists of his generation and is highly visible on the international art circuit. Best know for his work in video, Gordon burst onto the scene with his now infamous 24 HOUR PSYCHO (1993), one of an on-going series of video installations that made viewers reconsider cinema classics. Well-known films are often the subject of Gordon's artistic scrutiny -- through such works as VERTIGO, REAR WINDOW, THE EXORCIST, THE SEARCHERS and others, the artist probes ideas about memory, perception and the human condition. MOCA Members will receive the Cinematheque Member discount for this event with a valid MOCA membership card. All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

 

Sunday, September 16, 2001

The Sunday, September 16th program begins at 5:00 PM with a Double-Feature. First up is FEATURE FILM (1999, Artangel, 81 min). Gordon focuses on Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO, stripping away the film's imagery and dialogue, leaving just the stirring soundtrack to communicate suspense. Gordon has enlisted

 

James Conlon and a full orchestra to perform the score, and has trained his camera on the body of the conductor as the sole visual accompaniment to the music.

 

Next on the same bill is Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO (1958, Universal, 128 min.) Not popular on its initial release, VERTIGO is now acknowledged as one of Hitchcock's most important and rewarding masterpieces, a deliriously romantic, fearlessly dark tale of lost love and sexual obsession. James Stewart's role of a vertigo-afflicted former cop haunted by ghostly flame Kim Novak is his most daring, complex performance. Hitchcock, his actors and composer Bernard Herrmann make all the elements mesh, creating a dreamlike whirlpool where the slightest emotional vulnerability can plunge you into a maelstrom of psychic destruction. Discussion between films with artist Douglas Gordon.

For additional information about Douglas Gordon, the MOCA exhibit, or to set up an interview with the artist, please contact the MOCA communications office at 213.621.1750. Information about visiting the Douglas Gordon exhibit MOCA is at www.moca.org.

 

IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TO publicity@americancinematheque.com PRESS KITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

 

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

FEATURE FILM IS AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) IN THE CINEMATHEQUE OFFICE. VERTIGO IS AVAILABLE COMMERCIALLY AT LOCAL VIDEOSTORES. SEE LIST BELOW FOR DETAILS. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE FEATURE FILM OR FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL MARGOT GERBER AT 323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU.

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VideoActive (2522 Hyperion, SilverLake – 323.669.8544)

Jerry’s Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)

Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)

Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836)

Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica – 310.392.8508)

 

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST. YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.

Contact: Margot Gerber 323 461 2020 ext. 115

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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