‘The Young & the Beautiful’ is an ongoing series in which young filmmakers relate to the experimental canon.
Marie Menken (1910-1970) is the unsung heroine of the American avant-garde, both mentor and muse for experimental filmmakers such as Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas. In addition to paintings and collages Menken created countless experimental shorts with her 16mm Bolex camera. These rhythmic visual poems have been an important source of inspiration for young filmmaker Eva Beazar: “It’s as if you’re looking at a painting in movement. Marie Menken approaches her subjects emotionally and spontaneously, with a poetic look. She has a very unique way of thinking, looking and creating. Her films are indescribably beautiful: the use of colors, the tactility, the changing rhythm, I really love them!”
Eva Beazar: “I’m inspired by dreams, fantasy, small movements, chaos, our experiences, the unconscious. In On a Hot Summer Day in November I tried to show the tension happening between the possible and the impossible, between dreamworld and that what you have discovered in the world. In Shall We Dance On the Moon I’m more concerned with the perception of time and memory. The film shows a fictional world from a child’s viewpoint, with bizarre figures and a strange scenery. Time goes by slowly, almost seems to stand still at times, but eventually continues once again.”