An Evening with Phil Solomon (Free Screening, Phil Solomon in Person)
October 31, 2013
Filmmaker Phil Solomon will be introducing a screening of his 56-minute epic tone poem, American Falls (2000-2012), followed by a close analysis and Q&A. Commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as a multimedia installation for the museum’s grand Rotunda, American Falls was originally screened as a single channel triptych with surround sound. Inspired by Frederic Church’s 1857 masterpiece Niagara and by Washington’s monumental war memorials, American Falls explores the aspirations and struggles that lie at the heart of the American Dream. Solomon’s resources for these images include Hollywood cinema, found footage, and documentary and fictionalized accounts of historical events. Solomon’s innovative use of altered film emulsion transforms Niagara Falls into a metaphoric landscape, encouraging us to consider how a place can reflect the events that occur on its shores. Envisioning the currents of history as a collective dream, American Falls considers many of the questions inherent in our national identity, at a crucial moment in this country’s passage.