Live & Onstage
Mon, May 03 / 9:45 / Kabuki / PORC03K
Local luminaries Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte bring their acclaimed nonfictional storytelling series, Porchlight, to SFIFF for a special night of film-specific stories on the theme "Behind the Scenes." Festival guests will participate, regaling us with true, sometimes titillating, often absurd tales about making movies. Among many special guests will be Claudia Gonson, member and manager of the band the Magnetic Fields (whose bandmate, singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt, performs his original score to the silent-era epic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as part of this year’s Festival). Gonson will relay her wacky brushes with the film world. Also joining the lineup is Kaspar Schroeder, Danish director of the documentary The Invention of Dr. Nakamats, who will draw from the many surreal situations he encountered while making a film about his eccentric subject. On board too is Pedro González-Rubio, director of Alamar, who will share intel on the life of a filmmaker and international travel. Porchlight regular Marc Capelle and his ensemble, the Casuals, will provide musical accompaniment. This is a unique chance to hear some of the most creative figures in independent media tell real stories about their community and craft.
Update: Confirmed Guests
Claudia Gonson (musician, the Magnetic Fields, USA)
Claudia Gonson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to New York City in 1993. She is best known for her work as manager, pianist, and percussionist for the Magnetic Fields, and as the manager of songwriter Stephin Merritt. Gonson met Merritt in high school in the 80's, and the pair have worked together for over twenty years. Along with managing his many bands, she performs with The Magnetic Fields as their piano player, percussionist and singer. She also sings with another Merritt project, Future Bible Heroes. Claudia has played drums in the bands Tender Trap and Honeybunch. She has written and performed her own music with Shirley Simms and has collaborated with author Rick Moody.
Ché Sandoval (director, You Think You're the Prettiest, but You Are the Sluttiest, Chile)
Twenty-five-year-old Ché Sandoval wrote, directed and coedited You Think You’re the Prettiest, but You Are the Sluttiest as his graduation project at the Escuela de Cine de Chile in Santiago. The film won the Best Film in Production prize at the Viña del Mar Film Festival and has screened internationally at festivals in Toulouse and Buenos Aires. His earlier shorts include Pulsación (2005), Se busca otra mujer (2006) and Las piernas de la señorita de la micro (2006).
Kaspar Astrup Schroeder (director, The Invention of Dr. Nakamats, Denmark)
The Danish painter, photographer, musician and filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder has directed several music videos and a handful of nonfiction films, including the award-winning City Surfers (2007). "I'm attracted to documentaries because of the element of spontaneity—my art and my music are largely improvisational,” he says. His SFIFF film (The Invention of Dr. Nakamats) focuses on the eccentric and brilliant inventor of the floppy disk who has recorded every meal he has eaten for the past thrity years and drowns himself in order to stimulate creativity. Schröder’s next film, My Playground, centers on a parkour park in Copenhagen.
Pedro Gonzaléz-Rubio (director, Alamar, Mexico)
Gonzaléz-Rubio's first film, the documentary Black Bull (codirector, 2005) is about the lives of destitute bullfighters scratching out a living in rural Mexico. It received several awards including the San Sebastián International Film Festival’s Horizons Award. "By photographing and developing a story based on the current relation between man and his habitat in Chinchorro, I intend to portray my love for this region and the admiration and respect I have towards the lives of its fishermen," writes González-Rubio of his fictional feature debut. "I didn’t want to take a distant or intellectual approach." Born in Brussels, González-Rubio studied media in Mexico before attending the London Film School.
Jonn Herschend (director, Embrace of the Irrational, USA)
Raised in a midwestern amusement park, Jonn Herschend is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and experimental publisher preoccupied with how emotional confusion, absurdity and veracity play out in the realm of the everyday. His performances, video work and installations have included works such as a self portrait as a PowerPoint proposal for an amusement park ride, an infomercial about ambiguity and a motorized trolley tour of places where personal crisis became public. He is the co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication The Thing, and is a recent recipient of a Danish Arts Council grant for his work as co-curator, along with Heidi Hove, of the Deadpan Exchange international exhibition series.
Total running time 80 min.