Los Angeles–based filmmaker and artist Laida Lertxundi presents a selection of her short films, followed by a Q&A. Lertxundi’s practice combines 16mm film, photography, and printmaking in a process she refers to as “Landscape Plus,” documenting California landscapes while bringing equal attention to sound, people, and the passage of time. Program length: 60 minutes.
Footnotes to a House of Love
“A series of shots in a California desert landscape in which there is a play between on-frame and off-frame, sound and image. There is an effort to create the space of a story, without a story, by the use of real time/diegetic sound. Love is felt as a force that determines the arrangement of the figures in the landscape” (Laida Lertxundi). 2007, US, 16mm (color, sound), 13 minutes.
Cry When It Happens
“Los Angeles City Hall is reflected onto the window of the Paradise Motel. It serves as an anchor for this traversal through the natural expanse of California. Here, we discover a restrained psychodrama of play, loss, and the transformation of everyday habitats. Music appears across the interiors and exteriors and speaks of limitlessness and longing” (Laida Lertxundi). 2010, US, 16mm (color, sound), 14 minutes.
The Room Called Heaven
“American plains and high altitudes assembled in a B-roll structure take us to a place of sounds. Plans américains show color and temperature shifts, while an emotional room tone is sustained for the length of a 400ft camera roll” (Laida Lertxundi). 2012, US, 16mm (color, sound), 11 minutes.
Vivir para Vivir (Live to Live)
“A certain trajectory of being lost is drawn across sparsely populated mountain regions, while physical processes from heartbeat to orgasm, shape, image, sound, and color patterns until the horizon is reached” (Laida Lertxundi). 2015, US, 16mm (color, sound), 11 minutes.
025 Sunset Red
“025 Sunset Red is a kind of quasi-autobiographical reckoning. … The film is a diaphanous, psychedelic foray into the domestic and the political, looking at ways that politics may erupt, shape a life, form a sensibility, and become inscribed upon a body.” 2016, US, 16mm (color, sound), 14 minutes.