Cigarette Burns: A REEL Book Release + Event with Paul Clipson
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 7-9PM
3041 24th St
San Francisco, CA
REEL is a survey of drawings created by Paul Clipson over the course of a decade working in the projection booth of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Skillfully rendering the cinematic moments just before a projectionist must switch from one film reel to the next without the audience noticing, Clipson charts the nearly invisible language of “cigarette burns;” a secret code best explained by this 10 second clip from the film Fight Club (1999).
This Sunday, Will Brown will host a conversation between Clipson and LAND AND SEA (REEL's publishing team of Chris Duncan and Maggie Otero). Clipson will also screen a montage of changeover moments created for a limited edition of the book.
REEL serves as an cinefile's eccentric collection of technical notes related to the increasingly rare art of celluloid filmmaking, projection, and exhibition, as well as an unofficial history of SFMOMA's film programming from 2000-2013.
Paul Clipson is a San Francisco filmmaker whose works have been exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at such festivals as the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His largely improvised, in-camera-edited experiments involve projected installation and live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians.