Film at REDCAT is proud to present, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of art (LACMA)
THE FORGOTTEN SPACE
October 8 | 7:30 pm | Los Angeles Premiere, followed by a discussion with Allan Sekula, Bérénice Reynaud (Co-Curator, Film at REDCAT) and other guests to be announced.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Forgotten Space, a new essay film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch looks at everyday people whose role in the global economy goes largely undocumented: displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, tent city occupants in Ontario, California, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuffling between Asia and Europe, factory workers and Filipino maids in China. Drawing from interviews, archival materials and footage from films such as Josef von Sternberg's The Salvation Hunters (1925), The Forgotten Space offers a lucid and lyrical portrait of worker's conditions, the inhuman scale of sea trade, the imbalance of international trade and the secret lives of port cities. Sekula and Burch closely track the seemingly minor details obscured by the pervasive illusion of an interconnected, "flat" world economy. The film intermingles Sekula's incisive commentary with astounding vistas of industry-from cavernous factory floors to crowded cityscapes-and intimate first-person testimonies.
Over forty years, Allan Sekula's photography and writing has focused on the conditions of laborers and The Forgotten Space is based upon his book and exhibition project Fish Story (1995). The recipient of fellowhips from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Research Institute, the Deutsche Akademischer Austausdienst, and the Atelier Calder, he has been teaching in the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts since 1985. His previous feature-length essay film, The Lottery of the Sea, was world premiered at REDCAT in 2006.
Noel Burch, the author of such seminal works of cinematic scholarship as Theory of Film Practice (1973) and To the Distant Observer: Form and Meaning in the Japanese Cinema (1979), has been making independent films since 1963. From 1967 to 1972, he directed seven programs for Janine Bazin’s and André S. Labarthe’s celebrated French television series “Cinéastes de Notre Temps.” He is also co-director with Thom Andersen of Red Hollywood (1995) and, with Sekula, of Reagan Tape (1984), which will be screened as part of the exhibition “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981” at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Forgotten Space won a Special Orizonti Jury Prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.
"I'm sure that I learned a lot more from The Forgotten Space than I did from any other feature that I saw last year, fiction or nonfiction... The film's most haunting and persistent image is the multicolored and anonymous rectangular steel containers loaded on the ships, evoking giant versions of children's building blocks while never betraying what their actual contents might be-an apt illustration of the concealments and shiny surfaces of the globalized economy itself."
2010/color/112 min./digital | Scr/dir: Allan Sekula & Noël Burch.
See www.theforgottenspace.net for extended directors bios, artists statements, interviews etc…
This screening is organized by the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. Funding has been provided by the Ralph M. Parsons Fund. Presented in collaboration with REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) and the School of Film/Video of the California Institute of the Arts.