"More Than Meets the Eye:
The Cine-Puzzles of Scott Stark"
Austin-based experimental filmmaker Scott Stark says farewell to the city he has called home for 14 years with More Than Meets the Eye: The Cine-Puzzles of Scott Stark. The program, which will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 at the AFS Cinema in partnership between the Austin Film Society and Experimental Response Cinema, features four experimental shorts—one new, three old—that highlight the sociopolitical and cultural issues and themes that Stark has explored over the course of almost four decades. The program is led by the new short, Chapter 1 of Stark’s Love and the Epiphanists series, which tells a cautionary tale about climate change through clips from many of the 35mm film trailers Stark has collected over the years. The three older works in the program are: Is it true what they say, which blends footage from three versions of the Texas-shot black-and-white short thriller Kidnapper’s Foil made within the course of 12 years by “itinerant” filmmaker Melton Barker; Angel Beach, which uses 3D still photographs of women in bikinis to comment on society’s voyeuristic fascination with the female form; and More Than Meets the Eye: Remaking Jane Fonda, which compares and contrasts Jane Fonda the anti-Vietnam activist and Jane Fonda the 1980s fitness queen through footage of Stark working out to Fonda’s exercise regimes. Scott Stark is a co-founder the Austin Film Society’s Avant Cinema series and a co-founder of Experimental Response Cinema.
Aired: Jan. 28, 2019