Sunday, July 29, 2012
Recently, New York filmmaker Matt Wolf completed a short film that shares the title of Brainard’s I Remember. Wolf’s film (which screens on May 7 at The Kitchen) splices archival footage from government-produced educational videos of the 1950s and '60s with stills and video footage of Brainard and the Padgetts from Ron Padgett’s personal collection. Accompanying these images, which, like Brainard’s own memories, suggest without insisting, Wolf interweaves an interview with Padgett and recordings of Brainard reading from I Remember. The result valorizes the poignancy of memory, both Padgett’s and Brainard’s, while at the same time maintaining a healthful distance between past and present, memory and life. Memories of Tulsa are transformed, released, by the energy and distance of New York.
Posted by Manuel Paul Lopez