FILMS / ART WORKS
CHUCK'S WILL'S WIDOW (1982)
CHUCK'S WILL'S WIDOW is a eulogy for my father and mother whose ashes are spread in the Adirondack mountain woods where the film is shot. Visualized through a field of swirling shapes, the fragmented landscapes weave an emotional fabric containing inexplicable personifications and associations.
16mm | color | silent | 13 min
“The projected rectangle is seldom as energized as in the 13 minutes of Chuck’s Will’s Widow, a film by Bill Brand. This movie pulverizes space. Brand uses a jagged, free-form traveling matte to combine two separate images in a constantly shuffling jigsaw pattern. The overall field resembles a flock of origami birds, a moving linoleum floor, or maybe a Dubuffet mosaic. The scenes Brand combines are all bucolic – rolling hills, an apple orchard, a country road – but the effect is hardly tranquil. The seemingly random motion of the interpenetrated planes – as dizzying to decode as a Cubist still life and flashing as fast as a disco strobe – provides an exhilarating experience of cinema as pure kinesis.” -- J. Hoberman, Voice
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