Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3 pm at Historic Northampton
The October program of the Fall 2015 Fast Forward Film Series, Artifacts of Fixation, presents two films by Abraham Ravett, Hampshire College professor of film and photography.
Lunch with Fela
(2005, 59 min. color, sound, dvd)
Lunch With Fela is the filmmaker's response to the passing of his last parent, Fela Ravett. Utilizing a combination of digital footage shot during her year long stay at a nearby Leeds nursing facility, excerpts from previously made 16mm films, animation sequences, plus remaining family memorabilia, the film renders the presence and absence of a much loved parent. Lunch with Fela is one of several autobiographical films made by Abraham Ravett that explore the complexities of filial relationships and Jewish cultural identity.
(2007, 7minutes, color, silent, 16mm)
Hebrew for bird and his mother's childhood name, Tziporah expresses Abraham Ravett’s grief and loss after her death. To evoke her place, time, and his memories, Ravett filmed objects and memorabilia from his parents’ home, with items of clothing depicting his intimate relationship to his mother and using colors and textures of textiles to create an impressionistic portrait. Magdelena Bermudez, curator of the film series, says “Abraham Ravett transforms the objects he films into witnesses of a life.”
Mr. Ravett will be present at the screening to answer questions and discuss his work.
FAST FORWARD FILM SERIES
Each spring and fall since 2013, Historic Northampton has hosted a series of four monthly film screenings featuring the work of contemporary film-makers.