Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The Films of Eva Marie Rødbro
Sunday, September 25, 2016
LOS ANGELES, August 31, 2016 - With a skillful eye and generous spirit, photographer and filmmaker Eva Marie Rødbro fashions an intimate and utterly unique view into the lives of various contemporary youths from her native Denmark to the American South. Her films remind us of the fervor, awkwardness and often painful experience of adolescent life while savoring the sweet, contemplative moments that are often overlooked in memories.
For her first ever in-person program in Los Angeles, Filmforum surveys Rødbro's films made over the past eight years, showcasing her remarkable ability to construct intoxicating narratives from acutely recorded observations, and marked by a startling intimacy with her subjects.
What: The Films of Eva Marie Rødbro, with Eva Marie Rødbro in person
When: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 7:30 pm.
Where: LACE, 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
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I Touched Her Legs
(2010, video, 15 min.)
An extraordinary portrait of a group of Southern teens hanging out in cars, rooms, and neighborhood yards in humid pool-party weather. Rødbro creates a deft and skillful montage in which animals, insects, children, and adolescents all inhabit an environment easily and warmly shared. Through subtly glancing shots taken at oblique angles and in brief bursts, I Touched Her Legs reaches directly into the soul of this smallband of friends and explains everything that is important without a single dull expository declaration on their circumstances.
Winner: Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award Emerging Experimental Video Artist, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2011
Winner: Most Inventive Film Award, OFF, 2011
Nominated:NEW:VISION award, CPH:DOX, 2010
We Chose The Milky Way
(2015, video, 28 min.)
Scenes from life on another planet, where a hedonistic civilization of young women decorate themselves with artificial nails, white clothes and a fake tan before taking the limo to the city. But Eva Marie Rødbro's film is from the suburbs of Copenhagen, and is shaped by its environment. In other words, an unplaceable, anthropological mutation of a bling, hip hop video, social-realist science fiction, and a documentary version of 'Spring Breakers', whose surreal shock cuts place us as participants, rather than mere spectators, in a world where everything is artificial except for friendships. In a number of films, Rødbro has documented the restlessness, fragility and self-destructive feeling of invincibility of youth and early adulthood. Her film school graduation piece lives up to all the promises that her previous work of photographs and short films has made, and is an extremely style-conscious and intelligent study of a lifestyle and an environment, where pure excess is elevated to an existential principle.
Winner: George Manupelli Founder's Spirit Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2016
(2014, video, 30 min.)
In this film Rødbro has directed the camera towards a young boy who lives in the same house as her in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district. His name is Dan Mark - nothing less! - and his life is a state of constant action, which in no small part is due to his diagnosed ADHD, but which can't reduce him to a social case study. On the contrary, Rødbro is at a highly energetic eye level with the young man, whose parents and friends pour good advice down on him about the world that he is to become an adult in. A piece of modern street documentary by one of the Danish film scene's most promising names.
(2013, video, 25 min.)
A young man and his friends spend a week of nightly escapism before a big party.
Fuck You Kiss Me
(2008, video, 6 min.)
A black and white rhythmic poem in a post card from urban Greenland touching upon rites of passage and young love.
Charlottenborg, the spring exhibition, 2009
Nominated: CPH:DOX Short Dox Award, 2009
Winner: Politikens Talent Award, 2009
Young Talent NFM (NL), 2009
About the Artist:
Eva Marie Rødbro
Danish photographer and director Eva Marie Rødbro (1980) lives and works in Copenhagen, DK. Shegraduated from the National Danish Film School in 2015 and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2008.
Rødbro hasexhibited and screened internationally at numerous shows, events and festivals including: FOAM, W139, NL fotomuseum, Berlin Documentary Forum, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, CPH:DOX and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has documented the wild youth of teenagers in Greenland and the United States in her award winning shorts, Fuck You Kiss Me (2008)
I Touched Her Legs (2010),
Dan Mark (2014), and most recently with
We chose the Milky Way (2015).
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, andindividual donors.
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimentalanimation. 2016 is our 41st year.
Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Oct. 9 - Animated Shorts with Kathy Rose in person (@ Velaslavasay Panorama)
Oct 21 & 22 - A Million More Lights: The Short Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (in person)(@ Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum)
Nov 6 - Program TBA, presented by guest curator David Dinnell (venue TBA)
Nov 10 - Billy Woodberry in person (@ MOCA Grand Avenue)
Nov 17 and 20 - Small-Gauge Films from Helga Fanderl in person (@ Echo Park Film Center & Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian)
Dec 4 - The Prison in Twelve Landscapes - Brett Story in person (@ Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian)
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