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The Emblazoned Apparition: An Evening with Filmmaker Phil Solomon

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 8:00 PM EDT (7:30 PM Doors)
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

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   The Andy Warhol Museum and the Film Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh are pleased to welcome Boulder, CO. based filmmaker Phil Solomon for a special evening of his lyrical film and digital work. The program will feature four of his unique, optically manipulated 16mm films along with two Pittsburgh premieres of his most recent digital pieces inspired by his appreciation for the peripheral splendor of the artificial worlds created for video games.


The anchor of tonight’s program is Solomon’s Empire”, which the filmmaker describes as “a re-make of Andy Warhol’s Empire from high atop the Manhattan Island of Grand Theft Auto IV (“LibertyCity”), far from the madding crowd of thieves, cops, prostitutes and murderers down below. I hijacked a copter, leaped onto the rooftop of an adjacent building, spawned a scooter out of the thin air and then gingerly drove it to the very edge of the precipice in order to roughly approximate that familiar view from July 25-26, 1964. And then I put the controller aside and did exactly nothing for 24 hours (48 minutes in our world). A day of rest and bordered inaction.”


Solomon has been making films since 1975 and is currently Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was awarded a USA Artists Fellowship (2012), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994) and has exhibited his films in every major venue for experimental film throughout the US and Europe, including the Whitney Biennial (twice) and three one-person shows at MoMA. His 3-channel installation, American Falls (2000-2012), was recently exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image, NYC.



What’s Out Tonight is Lost (1983)

The Snowman (1995)

Psalm I: “The Lateness of the Hour” (1999)

Psalm II: “Walking Distance” (1999)

 “Empire” (2008-2012)

The Emblazoned Apparition (2013)


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