Dani Leventhal Videoworks: Volume 1

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Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Animals, Body, Death and Dying, Diary, Expedition/Travel, Family, Jewish, LGBTQ, Middle East, Religion/Spirituality, Sexuality, Youth/Childhood

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Dani Leventhal Videoworks: Volume 1

The work of Dani Leventhal explores the complicated space that exists between decay and renewal, intimacy and disconnection and the sacred and mundane. The six pieces that comprise Dani Leventhal Videoworks: Volume 1 each examine these ambiguous emotional and psychic spaces through a use of montage that is at once both unstructured and dispassionate and lyrically sentimental. Each piece establishes structural comparisons between things that are thought to have intrinsic meaning and things that don’t, and through this juxtaposition, both the personal and the mundane, the intimate and the abject, the immanent and the ephemeral, achieve a synthesis through which the commonplace becomes transcendental.

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Draft 9
"This movie was collected for four years before being sprayed scattershot over 28 minutes of psychic mayhem. The line between living and dead is a frontier crossed and re-crossed here. The living are dead while the dead are animated, breathing,...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, death and dying, environment, expedition/travel, landscape, lgbtq, sexuality

3 Parts for Today
Subtitled "The Refusenik", "The Zealot", and "The Father", this video takes us on a journey where Germans, Turks, Israelis, Palestinians, fathers, grandmothers, daughters and animals are together for 13 minutes.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: family, jewish, middle east

Show & Tell in the Land of Milk and Honey
In this piece Dani Leventhal recounts to camera her experiences of living and working in Israel, the fabled land of milk and honey of childhood lessons. With time spent in a metal factory and a battery farm for chickens, her harrowing tale includes...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: animals, expedition/travel, family, youth/childhood

Litau
A tapestry of images and sounds. Tango dancing. A conversation about heaven and hell, with illustrations. Horses nuzzle. A woman reclines. Silent soccer. Street entertainers play classical music. Travel is mysterious and sometimes fraught.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: animals, expedition/travel

Recitation
The Grandmother recites the Mourners' Kaddish over her granddaughter.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: family, jewish, religion/spirituality

9 Minutes of Kaunaus
"Inside a Lithuanian synagogue, young Domas Darguzs regales the filmmaker with a whispered, wide-eyed account of mythical events, while the film cross-cuts to images of farm-life. Kid brother of an Israeli soldier, Domas's stories are part fantasy,...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: family, film or videomaking, jewish, youth/childhood

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