Tom Chomont: In Celebration

Introduced by Hubbard, Lipman

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

The filmmaker Jim Hubbard, together with Ross Lipman, Senior Film Preservationist, UCLA Film & Television Archive, will present this special tribute to the late Tom Chomont. Hubbard writes: “Between 1962 and 1989, Tom Chomont made over 40 films. The subtitle of his film Phases of the Moon best characterizes all of his work: The Parapsychology of Everyday Life. Chomont’s films offer a lyric depiction of the ordinary world, but at the same time reveal an unabashedly spiritual and sexualized parallel universe. His incomparable technique of offsetting color positive and high contrast black-and-white negative creates a subtly beautiful, otherworldly aura. This program features the gorgeously restored Love Objects (1971), which seems shockingly up-to-date in its exploration of fluid gender and sexuality; Jabbok (1967), a gently erotic re-imagining of Jacob wrestling with the angel; and Oblivion (1969), a shimmering, complex portrait of a young man. Starting in 1990, despite increasingly severe Parkinson's disease, Tom made more than a dozen videos. They are hard-edged and raw. While many center on explicit S&M imagery, they go beyond the performative aspects of sadomasochistic practice and become an entrée to a transcendent and philosophical spirit world. Tom Chomont died on June 28, 2010.” Preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive for The Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation and through the Avant-Garde Master Program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

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