V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Paul Sharits

V' 15

Paul Sharits

François Miron
Kanada, 2015
Documentaries, 85min, OF

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Paul Sharits

François Miron
Kanada, 2015
Documentaries, 85min, OF

Actors: 
Paul Sharits
Christopher Sharits
Henry Jesionker
Bruce Elder
Tony Conrad
Pip Chodorov
Screenplay: 
François Miron
Sound: 
Félix-Antoine Morin
Composer: 
Félix-Antoine Morin

Production: 
Filmgrafix Productions
World Sales: 
Vidéographe
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

In the mid 60’s Paul Sharits (1943–1993) started to explore the potential of the flicker. In the decades that followed, Sharits was strikingly persistent in pursuing the total deconstruction of the parameters of 16mm film into such novel forms as multiple projection installations, frozen film frames caught in-between plexiglass sheets, and ink coloured partitions for abstract films. The ultimate impact of the work was not theoretical, but on the contrary very physical, even visceral.
François Miron’s documentary not only offers a great recapitulation one of the most idiosyncratic and pertinent œuvres within avantgarde film history. He also sketches the portrait of a tormented, deeply romantic artist, always courting disaster but also cursed by an inherited mental condition. The reconstruction of a tragic career is animated with ample illustrations combined with home movies and other rarely seen archive materials.

In the presence of François Miron and Christopher and Cheri Sharits.

With T.O.U.C.H.I.N.G.

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