Directors Lounge Screening - Jos Diegel | Your Bounderies Will be Replaced

Jos Diegel | Your Bounderies Will be Replaced

Directors Lounge Screening Thursday, 25 April 2019 | 9 pm 21:00 | Z-Bar The artist and filmmaker, who lives and works in Berlin, Leipzig, Offenbach and Frankfurt, positions himself in a singular way in contemporary cinema with his short film and video essays. This is surprising as he picks up a long tradition in German …

Jonas Mekas, London | courtesy: Peter Sempel

In Memory of Jonas Mekas

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. “Jonas in the  Jungle” by Peter Sempel. An essayistic exploration of Jonas Mekas (Dec. 24, 1922 – Jan. 23, 2019), the doyen of American Avant-Garde cinema.  In attendance of filmmaker Peter Sempel. Making an appearance on Earth, shortly after having left it, will be legendary off-the-waller Jonas Mekas, …

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Continuing The Dazzle

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. More spliters of light and shadow, colour and monochrome, scream and silence are set to crystallize out of the chaos of the cosmos, all this (potentially) before your very eyes. This can only mean Directors Lounge is shaking the sparks out of its treasure box and letting them …

Radically Subjective

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. Radically Subjective. A selection of Berlin filmmakers and artists who are friends of Directors Lounge and who have been screening their work on several occasions. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr. Berlin is turning into a filmmaker’s city again. We are not talking about mainstream cinema, but in terms …

Nonconformity by Igor Parfenov. A multilayered epos based on the works by L. Tolstoy, A.Chekhov. Shown in world-premiere at Directors Lounge Berlin.

Nonconformity by Igor Parfenov | BAIZ | 17. April

Nonconformity by Igor Parfenov. Based on the works by L. Tolstoy and A.Chekhov. Nonconformity | Deeply Disturbing and Hauntingly Beautiful. Five years after the world premiere of Nonconformity by Igor Parfenov at DLX, the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, we bring back the impressive feature film to the silver screen on our annual DL at …

main attraction by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare

Directors Lounge Presents: Bizarre, Hypnotic, Wonderful

Directors Lounge at Mitte Media Festival 2019. – Bizarre, Hypnotic, Wonderful – Selected Gems from the DL Archives. Get lost on a visual trip to the surreal, mystical and mesmerizing realm of bizarre, hypnotic and wonderful movies. Including works by Anton Corbijn, John Christopher Gibson, Guy Maddin, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Allan Brown, Roger Deutsch, Masha Godovannaya. …

Directors Lounge Screening - Maria Korporal - Lines in Between the Maze

Maria Korporal | Lines in Between the Maze

Directors Lounge Screening Thursday, 28 March 2019 | 9pm 21:00 | Z-Bar Metaphors combine beauty with a call for a better life. The Berlin artist Maria Korporal studied in the Netherlands and was working and living in Italy until 2013. Her videos, installations and performances show a strong technical affinity, while at the same time, …

Directors Lounge Screening. Björn Speidel About the Depths of the Plateau

Björn Speidel | About the Depths of the Plateau

Directors Lounge Screening

Thursday, 28 February 2019 | 9pm 21:00 | Z-Bar

With his experimental films, the Berlin based filmmaker Björn Speidel explores the relationship between image and imaging surface. For several years, he has investigated the image’s depth by the use of stereo 3D.
The screening will include the first presentation of the „Video-Harp“ as a world premiere. … read more

Directors Lounge Screening. Gabriele Stellbaum My House Is On Fire

Gabriele Stellbaum | My House Is On Fire

Directors Lounge Screening

Thursday, 29 November 2018 9pm | Z-Bar

Gabriele Stellbaum creates art films that are performance and story-based at the same time. It is the second time, the artist presents her work at Directors Lounge. Coming from sculpture, she turned to light projections and time-based multi-channel slide projects and finally to video. The program presents a number of very new and more recent works that she created in Berlin. … read more

Directors Lounge Screening
Johnny Welch
Arcane Rhythms

Thursday, 25 October 2018
Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Johnny Welch, filmmaker and photographer from Sydney, Australia lives in Berlin for more than 3 years and is an active member of Labor Berlin. Since coming to Berlin, his work has become more strongly connected with the aesthetic of analog film, with the possibilities of optical printing. Even if edited and projected digitally, analog compositing seems to allow him to create a richer image of high density and depth.

Based on black and white techniques (mostly), the films seem to explore sheer blackness, instead of a black and white aesthetic. Strongly connected with punk music, dark wave and electronic noise, the filmmaker achieves a stunning quality of deep black color with his films. Experimental techniques of emulsion lifts and cracks, combined with black ink, sometimes with an additional tint of red or toning with blue, are combined with dark images of male and female characters. The driving rhythm of the sound track enhances the impression of blackness. Another connection is Aleister Crowley, a controversial figure, and a British occultist from the beginning of the 20th century who inspired a number of important artists and filmmakers like Kenneth Anger and even Fernando Pessoa. Welch’s film Aurum (super8 / digital) from 2018 is a contribution to Crowley’s Liber 777, a book related to occult or cabalistic games with numbers. For Johnny Welch, the occupation and meditation with occult theory may be a search for liberating ideas, or it may even be used as a release from the haunting personal messages once ago sent by peers. (Discharge Working I and II, 2017/18).

For the viewer, the work has an attracting, maybe haunting quality, tinted with a stunning black color. The black sun (in Aurum) for example is an amazing symbol without the need of occult references, and it is a beautiful image interwoven with blackness of painted film material that may stay in the mind of the viewer as a striking image on its own account.

The artist will be present and available for Q&A after the screening. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr

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