GARY ADLESTEIN

Very active in: 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, Current decade


More links:
http://people.wcsu.edu/mccarneyh/fva/a/Gary_Adlestein.html

By Jonathan Cohen
Gary Adlestein's work is experimental. His work tends to focus on the physical aspects of film including color, light and texture. His films seem to capture the whole visual makeup of an event, scene, occurrence or object. Although not a name well known outside of the Berks Filmmakers Inc., Gary Adlestein has had an impact on many filmmakers with his experimental art expressed through his Avant-Garde Films.

Adlestein's films often seem to capture a moment in his life, but not necessarily a significant one. He is able to capture a moment in time in great detail on film. Adlestein, a professor of English, began experiencing new films.

"I began making films in 1970. In 1975, along with Jerry Orr and Jerry Tartaglia, I co-founded Berks Filmmakers, Inc. which is still functioning today in Reading, Pennsylvania as a showcase for experimental film and video. My films tend to be either spontaneously shot, in-camera-edited, sync-sound (or silent) Super 8's often "about" places, nature, travel, friends and the everyday miracles of life ("The films ... reveal a wonderful sense of the qualities of the medium and an appreciation for capturing small, resonant moments." - Kathy Geritz), or they become 16mm, carefully scored and manipulated, optical printer works, always lyrical, sometimes ecstatically so.

In 1990, I discovered the affordable image manipulation potential of consumer video, especially its mixing, wiping and colorizing technology (like optical printing in real time). Since then I have been making tapes (using Hi-8 and recently, digital tape) specifically designed for projection, thereby carrying over something of the scale and attention to surface detail and texture that characterized my films. "The most important aspect to Adlestein's approach to video is that it is irrefutably and defiantly filmic. ... It is sublimely tactile where most videos tend to be impersonally cool and hard. ..." - Albert Kilchesty

Finally, my experimental films/tapes are attempts to see something of Beauty and Truth not only with but - as Blake admonished - THROUGH the eye (film stock, tape, camera, printer, mixer, etc.) and to share this experience with the viewer".
< And Taormina / Etna (1996)
Bava Bytes (2002) 10 min
(Ca, F) Candy (1989) 11 min S8mm
(F) Cat's Eyes (1978) 3 min
(Ca, F) Cezannescapes #1 and #2 (1991) 5.5 min S8mm Concord (1980/98)
(F) Domestic - Selected Films & Videos 1981-2001 (2005) DVD
# Shadow Hunting (1981) 2 min S8mm
# Pie Plates (1980) 5:44 min 16mm
# Fontana (1988) 4:09 min S8mm
# S-8 Diary: Wildwood (1988) 2:23 min S8mm
# Cinesongs For Storm De Hirsch (1990) 10:55 min S8mm
# Oley (1993) 10 min Hi-8 video
# Witchway (1995) 7:12 min Hi-8 video
# Outside In (1995) 8:59 min Hi-8 video
# Lotus Song 2 (2000) 6:47 min mini-DV
# Imaginary Pond With Real Frogs (2001) 8:44 min mini-DV
# Sonata (2001) 3:27 min mini-DVD
# Figures (1999) Der Tod Und Das Madchen (1999) 5:30, hi-8
# Leda and the Swan (1999) 8:00, hi-8/mini-DV
# Sicilia (1999) 4:30, mini-DV
(F) Forsythia (1990) 3 min S8mm
(F) Italia - Selected Films & Videos 1980-2005 (2005) DVD
# Saint Teresa (1983) 4:50 min 16mm
# Embarkation To Capri (1980) 2:04 min S8mm
# Verona (1989) 3:11 min S8mm
# Taormina/Etna (1996) 6:53 min video
# Sicilia (1999) 4:20 min mini-DV
# Nocturne (2003) 6:40 min mini-DV
# Graffito (2003) 2:55min mini-DV
# Apollo Dreaming (2004) 3:30 min mini-DV
# San Marco Subaqueo (2005) 4:45 min mini-DV
# Bava Bytes (2005) 10:40 min mini-DV
(Ca) Italian Opticals and Italian Places (1983-1985) 30 min video
(Ca, F) Italian Places (1980-85) 11.5 min S8mm or video
(Ca, F) Kore/Kouros (1987) 10.5 min S8mm or video
(F) Kosher (1978) 10.5 min S8mm or video
Lotus Song 1 (2000) 8 min
(Ca, F) More Italian Places (1989) 2.5 min
Oley (1993
) Oley Valley: Fall/Winter '01 (2001) 10 min
Outside In (1995)
(F) Optical Lyrics (1977-1981) 24 min
# Linda
# Pie Plates
# Ripple
# Swan Boats
# Wolf
The Passion (2002)
(Ca, F) Pink Venise I like (1989) 11.5 min S8mm
(Ca, F) Room in His Heart (1985) 20 min 16mm
(Ca, F) S-8 Diaries: 1987-89 (1987-89) 10.5 min S8mm or video
(Ca, F) St. Teresa (1983) 4.5 min 16 mm or video
(Ca) Selected FIlms: 1979-1988 (1979-1988) 38.5 min video
# Amish (1080) 30 sec
# Concord (1987) 4 min
# Fontana (1988) 7 min
# M-95 Miniatures (1979-1981)
# Optical Lyrics (selections) (1977-1981) 16 min
# Pie Plates (1980) 6 min
# Shadow Hunting (1979) 2 min
# Swan Boat (1979) 5 min
# Woodswalk (1981)
Sicilia (1999)
Sonata (2001) 3 min
(Ca, F) Spring/Fall Cinesongs: For Storm De Hirsch (1990) 11 min S8mm
(Ca, F) Stone Harbor/Forsythia (1990) 5 min S8mm
Witchway (1995)
(Ca) Available from Canyon Cinema Cooperative
(F) Available from Filmmakers Cooperative
Compiled, in part, by Jonathan Cohen, 2004