I shot two of these films in 2005 when the Bolex was given to me by a supporter of the Walt Mink project. I carried those two exposed films from New York to LA when I moved and kept them stored, unprocessed in a drawer. I shot the third film in Malibu in 2013 and had some issues with that reel. A jam. All three films came back to New York in 2016, and sat for a few more years. Processed the film finally in 2020. This is it. Three hundred imperfect feet of movie film. No sound. I love it.
The first reel begins with Konstantin’s surprise party in Brooklyn and includes some personal footage and some shots from Chris Verene’s Self Esteem Salon. The second reel features my friend Joe who was the first person I filmed for a motion portrait, which was a series I was very excited about doing (then I learned about Warhol’s screen tests and never made another one). The third film is Sarah in Malibu.
These brief films cobbled together from hand-cranked shots, unedited and without sound, are some of my favorite things ever. Imperfect, shaky, and all-over-the-place at times, but so much more enjoyable than anything I ever shot on an iPhone. I have to do more of this.