Cineprobe: The Films of J.J. Murphy


Location: Theatre Vanguard
9014 Melrose Avenue , Los Angeles, California 90069

Day: Tuesday


Tonight's films at Canyon are by J.J. Murphy, a young film-maker, who is from New Jersey. He makes meditative or contemplative films that take the necessity of concentrating on that rectangle of light and press it pretty far. These films allow you to give attention to small details within a more or less undeviating image inside the frame. In some ways this is parallel to concentrating on the syllables of a mantra or to the convolutions and intricacies of trantric art. Watching these films allows one to go in and out of a trance-like accepting state, letting your imagination create associations and play with meanings, or to get outside the film, to think and wonder. -- VIc Fascio KPFA-FM (San Francisco)Cineprobe is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency in Washington D.C. [Source: Theatre Vanguard Program Notes, 1976]