I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard
2012 | 00:24:35 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | HD video
Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles
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Modesty, whimsy, and clarity of design grace the work of Joe Brainard (1941-1994), an artist and writer whose evocations of memory and desire perhaps found their greatest expression in his memoir-poem I Remember. Composed of a sequence of brief recollections, the poem’s standardized format admits an incredible variety of images and feelings: "I remember Greyhound buses at night...I remember candy cigarettes like chalk...I remember leaning up against walls in queer bars...” Brainard's many drawings, collages, assemblages, and paintings, as well as his short essays and verbal-visual collaborations were celebrated during his lifetime before he stopped making art in the mid-1980s.
Filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to this iconic poem in his film I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard. His archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.
Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.
Prizes + Awards
The No Violence Award, 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival
Exhibitions + Festivals
Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2013
Queer City Cinema, Regina, Canada, 2013
Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto, Canada, 2013
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland, 2013
Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, Canada, 2013
Liverpool Biennial, 2013
The Kitchen, 2013
Berkeley Art Museum, 2013
BAM CinemaFest, 2013
InsideOut LGBT Film Festival, 2013
Onion City Film Festival, 2013
Athens Film + Video Festival, 2013