Drawing inspiration from the silver paintings featured in CMOA’s exhibition Jacqueline Humphries, the theme for this year’s 2-Minute Film Festival is “The Silver Screen.” Humphries uses metallic pigments in many of her works, layering it with a chalky black to create complex surfaces she has compared to the aesthetics of film noir: “Unlike in Western or gangster films, where you have a vertical figure against a horizontal background that he stands out from, in film noir, the figure is completely collapsed into the picture. His face is often in shadow and he is completely embedded in the atmosphere and light of the frame. I feel this captures something I am after in the paintings, of complete embeddedness.”
Filmmakers were asked to respond to the aesthetics of a classical cinema genre–from noir, epics, and Westerns to screwball comedies, musicals, and science fiction—or take up its narrative tropes, characters, and themes.
Chosen films will be screened at Carnegie Museum of Art’s outdoor Sculpture Court on Thursday, July 9.