Free Event

Thu, March 21, 12:00pm

Juror Presentation: Laida Lertxundi

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Laida Lertxundi, originally from Bilbao, is a filmmaker, programmer and lecturer living and working in California. Her films, made with non-professional actors, evoke intimate spaces both external and internal and are filled with intricate arrangements of actions and sounds. Shot in and around Los Angeles, her films map a geography transformed by affective and subjective states. Lertxundi will present a program of her 16mm films, including A Room Called Heaven (2012), along with films by Hollis Frampton, Bruce Baillie and Morgan Fisher.

Laida Lertxundi's films have been shown internationally in museums, festivals and venues such as MoMA; Tate Modern (London); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Viennale (Austria); the New York Film Festival Views from the Avant Garde; the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid); Anthology Film Archives and many more. She was recently featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Lertxundi received the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival. She was included in Best of the Decade reviews in CinemaScope magazine and 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in The Film Comment Avant-Garde Poll. She has programmed film and video at venues in the U.S. and Spain, and has published various articles on film, most recently in the anthology La Risa Oblicua and Bostezo magazine.

Films Showing:


(Hollis Frampton, 1969) 7 min

As a voluptuous lemon is devoured by the same light that reveals it, its image passes from the spatial rhetoric of illusion into the spatial grammar of the graphic arts....

Footnotes to a House of Love

(Laida Lertxundi, 2007) 13 min

A series of shots in a California desert landscape in which there is a play between on frame and off frame, sound and image. There is an effort to create...

My Tears Are Dry

(Laida Lertxundi, 2009) 4 min

A film in the three parts of a dialectic. Hoagy Land’s song is played and interrupted as guitar makes sound, two women, a bed an armchair, and the beautiful outside....

All My Life

(Bruce Baillie, 1966) 3 min

“Caspar, California; old fence with red roses” -Bruce Baillie...

Cry When it Happens (Llora Cuando Te Pase)

(Laida Lertxundi, 2010) 14 min

Los Angeles City Hall is reflected onto the window of the Paradise Motel. It serves as an anchor for this traversal through the natural expanse of California. Here, we discover...

A Lax Riddle Unit

(Laida Lertxundi, 2011) 6 min

In a Los Angeles interior, moving walls for loss. Practicing a song to a loved one. A film of the feminine structuring body. -LL...

Picture and Sound Rushes

(Morgan Fisher, 1973) 11 min

Picture and Sound Rushes takes the form of a lecture in which Fisher’s deadpan discourse describes the various permutations of sound/silence and picture/no picture. These states are demonstrated in the...

Farce Sensationelle!

(Laida Lertxundi, 2009) 2.5 min

“Laida Lertxundi's Farce Sensationelle!, a self-portrait and simultaneous homage to Dziga Vertov, fusing the artist's eye with the Kino-eye.” -Images Festival...

The Room Called Heaven

(Laida Lertxundi, 2012) 11 min

American plains and high altitudes assembled in a B-roll structure take us to a place of sounds. Plans américains show color and temperature shifts while an emotional room tone is...