CENTRAL SCHOOL PROJECT
Mark Street Visiting Artist January 6 -13, 2018
FILMMAKER MARK STREET
Brooklyn based Mark Street - Filmmaker - Media artist - street photographer
Loves Labor Lost
Screening Friday, Jan. 11, 7:00 pm
in the theater $7.00 suggested donation
OILTOWNS running time 41 minutes
Oiltowns traces boom and bust cycles in and around the town of Williston, North Dakota. Interviews with oil workers, longtime residents, ranchers and the homeless focus on changes that have animated the small town. Pump jacks dig rhythmically on desolate highways, trucks lumber on small roads, gas flares in the distance, new homes are built at breakneck speed, abandoned RVs seem to rust before our eyes. A Turtle Mountain Native American talks about the rampant prostitution and drug use that has burgeoned as a result of itinerant workers arriving with lots of money to spend. Three drunk men banter in front of a trailer they share as the sun goes down. A former Chicago policeman sells hot dogs from a stand from 10AM to 10 PM every day alongside a highway teeming with oil trucks. Oiltowns offers a microscopic view of unbridled capitalism in which expectations are exceeded and dashed. In the Bakken formation, oil is THE game in town, and its discovery and extraction brings unexpected consequences and environmental blight.
New Works (work in progress)
-expected completion date 2019
A documentary about various forms of labor. Inspired by Studs Terkel’s 1973 book Working. Interviews with crossing guards, tech workers, taxi drivers, woodworkers, longshoremen, nurses, and farmers reveal the vagaries of what it is to work in 2018.
Lima Limpia running time10 m TRT 2014
An observational documentary made in Peru’s capital. The film begins with the legions of street sweepers who attack the sidewalks with a balletic intensity, and moves on to consider other urban vignettes in this powerful, dense city.The protagonists of the film quixotically and optimistically chip away at the dirt of this locale through a series of repeated gestures.
Location Location Location!
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
How can sound and image coalesce or challenge each other to create a portrait of place? In this workshop we will record sound and shoot video together in an attempt to reveal our surroundings.
The first part of the workshop will be our recording stories and oral histories about Bisbee, with members of the workshop sharing fragments and anecdotes that give voice to the history and immediacy of this locale. Next, we’ll go out and record ambient sounds, asking ourselves how to trace a place aurally. After editing the voice and the ambient sound together, we’ll got out again to shoot some video to find a visual counterpoint to the soundscape we’ve created. How should the image work with the sound? Should they be synchronous or have a more tenuous connection?
In making this piece as a group we’ll consider how sound and image interact (and sometimes even fight) with each other. How can we create a vibrant dynamic between what we hear and what we see? How to mix voice, ambient sound and image to reveal Bisbee?
contact us to enroll 432-4866
Mark Street has been making films, videos and installations for 30 years. His work has moved from tactile, abstract explorations of 16mm film to essays on the urban experience to improvised feature length narratives. He has shown at places like the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as venues such as a former strip club in New Orleans called the Pussycat Cavern. His latest documentary, Oiltowns (2017), traces boom and bust cycles in North Dakota oil country.
He graduated from Bard College (B.A, 1986) and the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 1992). He has shown work in the New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe series (1991, 1994), at Anthology Film Archives (1993, 2006, 2009), Millennium (1990,1996), and the San Francisco Cinematheque (1986, 1992, 2009). His work has appeared at the Tribeca (5 times), Sundance, Rotterdam, New York, London, San Francisco, New York Underground, Sarajevo, Viennale, Ourense (Spain), Mill Valley, South by Southwest, and other film festivals.
He has led community workshops a variety of venues (Echo Park Film Center in LA, Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, Fondacion d’Arte Contemporaneo in Montevideo Uruguay, Utopia Art Space in Murcia Spain) on a variety of topics, including “The Devil is in the Details: Urban Street Videography.”
He is Associate Professor of Film in the Visual Art Department at Fordham University-- Lincoln Center where he teaches film/video production and other courses that engage contemporary artistic practice.