2001, Christopher Harris, USA, 60 min.
- Thu, Feb 25th 6:00pm
"One of the significant avant-garde works of the past decade." – Michael Sicinski, Cinemascope Magazine
In this austere and sorrowful portrait of his hometown, St. Louis, Harris sets his black-and-white camera loose to wander through the city’s decaying north side neighborhoods, an area populated almost exclusively by working class and working poor African Americans. Gliding down empty streets, across the facades of once-elegant homes, entering condemned buildings, the camera makes a detached but ultimately damning portrait of civic neglect and apathy. Poignantly, human beings are rarely encountered; their presence haunts the soundtrack of eerie footsteps, an unanswered telephone, and sparse voiceover commentary from found sources. 16mm. (Jim Trainor)
STILL / HERE is presented in collaboration with South Side Projections and Black Cinema House, which will screen a program of Harris’s short works on Friday, February 26.
FEBRUARY 25: Chris Harris will be present for audience discussion.