Jenny Graf Sheppared and Chiara Giovando, film and video show in Berlin curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr and HAIR-E
HAIR-E and Directors Lounge presents:
A Film by Chiara Giovando and Jenny Gräf Sheppard. Premiered in Baltimore July 2008.
Experimental Western shot in the Badlands and in Baltimore, MD.
Original score by Chiara Giovando and Jenny Gräf Sheppard (Harrius/Metalux).
GDK Galerie der Künste
Potsdamer Straße 98
Bus: M29 /M48 /M85 bis Potsdamer Brücke
"Proud Flesh" was filmed in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota, "1880's Town" a replica of a historic town using original buildings from the era, and Baltimore, MD. According to Jenny Gräf Sheppard, the film is a Western but changes into a totally different direction. The film contains violence, guns, blood and loneliness like in a "real Western", however it also has a mythical, ritual-like quality both in its acting and in its story-line. Since early beginnings, avant-garde filmmakers have been interested in rituals (like Maya Deren) and using film to "transfigure" them in time. However, it is unusual to see this stance applied to the Western genre and the settings of historical costumes and places of that time. "I've always been interested in picturing women in that condition (of the John Ford Western, KWE), and an older woman that position ... picturing older women in the traditional young, male role." With their debut film, the two filmmakers and musicians, Jenny Gräf Sheppard and Chiara Giovando have composed a congenial mixture of film, music and reflections of the American story.
(Klaus W. Eisenlohr / Directors Lounge)