Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Press Release

French filmmaker Rose Lowder’s USA tour kicks off in Boston

January 24, 2011 - Boston

French experimental filmmaker Rose Lowder will bring new and older films to the USA in February 7-19th, 2011. This will be her first trip to the US since 1989.

Lowder will hold a US premiere of 3 new films in Boston at Massachusetts College of Art and Design on February 9th and the Paramount Theater on February 11th, before continuing on to Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City. She will also deliver a free lecture at MassArt on February 7th.

Lowder has made over 50 avant-garde and experimental films since the 1970’s, influencing generations of filmmakers and enthusiasts worldwide. Her 16mm films are composed frame-by-frame, and feature profound investigations of rural Europe and its inhabitants with an undercurrent of ecological concerns. She was originally trained as a painter and sculptor in Lima and London, turning to filmmaking as both an artistic practice and method for research in photographic and visual perception. Lowder is 69 years old.

This tour is curated by MassArt film graduate student Tara Nelson and funded in part by MassArt Curatorial and the Cine 2000 program of the French Cultural Embassy. Screenings are co-sponsored by and presented at MassArt Film Society; School of the Museum of Fine Arts; ArtsEmerson's Paramount Center; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Union Theater; the Gene Siskel Arts Center and Anthology Film Archives.

Description of 2010 film, Fleur de sel (Sea Salt Flower) from Rose Lowder

“In Sea Salt Flower I tried to penetrate the Guérande Salt Marshes cinematographically; this is a land of birds and salt, recently designated a « Grand Site National » to protect it from the devastations of modern life. Far from the reverberations of contemporary society, the place has a rhythm of its own throughout the year. After winter restoration work, the mosaic of shallow salt pans are prepared, which by means of minute skilful adjustments, enable the water to circulate; combined with the effects of the sun and the wind, these allow the salt to crystallize. By the end of the process, as at the end of the film, the fine salt flower crystals float on the surface above the bigger crystals on the bottom in all directions at once.” –Rose Lowder

Tour Schedule

Monday, Feb 7 - Lecture and short screening at MassArt

Wednesday, Feb 9 – Screening at MassArt Film Society

Friday, Feb 11 - Screening at Paramount Theater

Monday, Feb 14 – Lecture at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Tuesday, Feb 15 – Screening at Union Theater in Milwaukee

Thurs, Feb 17 - Screening at the Gene Siskel Center, Chicago

Saturday, Feb 19 - Screening at Anthology Film Archive, New York

For more information visit: http://roselowder.blogspot.com

To see samples of Lowder’s films visit:


Contact: Tara Nelson, tara.nelson@massart.edu; 412-512-2553

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