EMPTY QUARTER and the 16mm documentary film

Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty
in person


"A canny, uniquely tactile portrait of American progress in all its ironies"
- the Village Voice on Alain LeTourneau's and Pam Minty's Empty Quarter

Screening of Empty Quarter with artists in person:
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7:30 pm at 489 Edgewood

Artists' talk on 16mm filmmaking and documentary:
Thursday, November 8, 2012
11:30 am at the ILA Conference Room, Emory University

489 Edgewood
489 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
ILA Conference Room
S-423 Callaway Center
Emory University

Portland, Oregon filmmakers Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty are committed to the survival and ongoing viability of 16mm film – a major format in avant-garde and experimental film history. Film Love welcomes LeTourneau and Minty to Atlanta to present their acclaimed 16mm documentary Empty Quarter and to discuss why, in a world gone mad for digital, 16mm still thrives among independent filmmakers.

In the long tradition of American landscape films, Empty Quarter is a portrait of southeast Oregon. A series of striking visual compositions contrast the region’s natural spaces with the mammoth industries that continually threaten to overwhelm them. Avoiding narration, letting the residents speak in their own voices, and giving the viewer time to take in the vast spaces on display, Empty Quarter is as wide-open as the landscapes it presents. It is a deeply sensitive portrait of a little-discussed but important region.

On November 7 at 489 Edgewood, the filmmakers will introduce and present Empty Quarter in its entirety, and answer questions on the film and their work. On November 8, they will appear at Emory University for an in-depth discussion on their work in and commitment to 16mm film. Film Love is proud to present LeTourneau and Minty in its ongoing series of visiting filmmaker events.

Empty Quarter (Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty, 2011), 71 min

Pam Minty and Alain LeTourneau are Portland, Oregon based media artists. They co-founded 40 Frames, a 16mm conservation and advocacy organization that maintains the web resource, houses a collection of 16mm prints, and provides technical services to artists and organizations. Their film/video work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, and other venues throughout North America.

In addition to the Wednesday night screening, GSU's Peripheral Visions will host an artist talk and screening with Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty at 11:00 am on Wednesday November 7 at:
DAEL Theater at Georgia State University
One Park Place - 1st floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

EMPTY QUARTER AND THE 16MM DOCUMENTARY FILM is a Film Love event, programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love promotes awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. Through public screenings and events, Film Love preserves the communal viewing experience, provides space for the discussion of film as art, and explores alternative forms of moving image projection and viewing. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and was featured in Atlanta Magazine's Best of Atlanta 2009.

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