Something of an aesthetic convergence between the diaristic autobiographies and quotidian images of Jonas Mekas (as illustrated in his Diaries, Notes and Sketches chronicles) and the hand crafted dissonance and material violence of Stan Brakhage, “Note to Pati” presents a seemingly typical winter scene – the day after a snow storm as a suburban neighborhood digs out from under the accumulation and children make the most of an unexpected day off from school by playing in their winter wonderland. Saul Levine’s images are diffused, faded, and ephemeral, made all the more dissociating by Levine’s disorienting rapid cut editing, restless and twitching camerawork, and destabilized, quick pan sequences – an evocation of a transitory and wide-eyed innocence. —filmref.com
Saul Levine, born in New Haven Connecticut, is a maker and advocate of avant-garde film and more recently video. He is currently a professor at MassArt where he has taught for 30 years and programmed the longstanding MassArt Film Society. His work has been screened nationally and worldwide, most recently in Shanghai, Paris and Rotterdam. He is based in Boston and hardly leaves town. —saullevine.com
I just love old 8mm film! The look, the texture, the smell. This piece makes me very nostalgic because it reminds me of my own family's vintage home movies. So glad we have some on actual FILM and not all on video from camcorders and junk. OK, now to find some good music to go with this.