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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Home of the Brave

Fortnight 1987, Feature film, 1h30

Synopsis

My work is a combination of film, music, electronics, storytelling, dancing, social commetary, impersonation, animation and anything else I come with… When I decided to do that movie, I began looking for a direcor. I asked a lot of people for suggestions and talked to directors whose concert films I admire : Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz) and Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense). They both said : « Do it yourself. Take a good director of photography and a loud assistant director ». I took their advice and I was not sorry until about a month into the edit I saw my face on the screen (for the hundredth time that morning) and thought: if I ever see that face again, I am going to go crazy… Even though I design the performances to be split-second collaboration betweeen sound, image and action, it is the presence and inventiveness of performers that bring the work to life… Performance Art disappears. At first, I wanted to film Home of the Brave to save it. In the process, I learned that I love make movies. Laurie Anderson

Director

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned-and daring-creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology.As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Her recording career, launched by « O Superman » in 1981, includes the soundtrack to her feature film « Home of the Brave » and « Life on a String » (2001).Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multi-media stage performances such as « Songs and Stories for Moby Dick » (1999).Anderson has published seven books and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA which culminated in her touring solo performance « The End of the Moon ».Recent projects include a series of audio-visual installations and a high definition film, Hidden Inside Mountains, created for World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. In 2007 she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts.

Adrian Belew
David van Tieghem
Dolete McDonald
Janice Pendarvis
Joy Askew
Laurie Anderson
Sang Won Park
William S. Burroughs

Image
John Lindley

Sound
Leanne Ungar

Editing
Lisa Day

Music
Laurie Anderson

Set decoration
David Gropman

Production : Talk Normal Productions Vente à l’étranger : Radio Vision International, Los Angeles, Californie, USA Distribution en France : Pari Films, Paris