Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin

2012 | 00:14:14 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | 16mm film

Collection: New Releases, On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Camp, Experimental Film, Interview, LGBTQ, Sexuality

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Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin deals primarily with monumentality, narcissism and the ways in which our heroes are embedded into our identities, and manifested through the body. Through a variety of gestures, the pervasiveness of this practice is highlighted alongside its ultimate, inevitable failure. The viewer moves through various stages of anxiety, idolization and actual touchdown with 70s gay sex icon Peter Berlin himself, capturing both the apparent and the hidden. The film guides the viewer through the process of making contact with a figure who exists only in hisown photographs.

The film is structured in three parts, which were made chronologically. In the first part the filmmaker appropriates Peter Berlin’s outfits and poses, playfully attempting to embody Peter Berlin’s artistic persona. Each frame of the original 16mm film was then hand-painted to distort the image, producing an animated effect that prevents the viewer from seeing the full performing body.

In the second part, a voice over relates a story riddled with anxiety about a potential meeting with Peter Berlin that is paired with images of mansions and window displays. The third and final section is an interview with Peter Berlin in his apartment, describing a moment of exchange that crosses lines of gender and generation, a moment where the identities of two filmmakers briefly coalesce.

Prizes + Awards

\aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film 2013, Ann Arbor Film Festival

 

Premiere

Dirty Looks: Yesterday Once More, Hammer Museum
Los Angeles, CA
2012