Experimental Film Artist’s Visit to UCF Film a Great Success
Minds expand and horizons broaden as Filmmaker Paul Clipson presents his work at UCF
April 25th, 2010 ORLANDO: Internationally recognized experimental film artist, Paul Clipson made his first trip to Florida this past week. Contrary to many first time Florida visitors; Clipson's destination was not the theme parks but rather the University of Central Florida film department. Clipson was on campus Thursday and Friday to visit with students, craft an installation, and screen some of his films. He was greeted by a great number of students, from a variety of disciplines all eager to experience experimental film. Clipson's visit was sponsored by UCF Film, experimental film group Sunspot Cinema, and Bruce Janz.
Clipson arrived in Orlando late Wednesday evening and set up his three panel video installation on the Film Department's sound stage on Thursday morning. He created this installation, tentatively titled OVERLAPPING WORLDS especially for his visit to UCF. Later that afternoon, Sunspot CInema founder and UCF Film Associate Professor Christopher Harris brought his Avant Garde Cinema class to the sound stage for a Q & A with Paul about the installation. (Picture above is of the actual installation)
On Friday evening Clipson presented a program of his films to a diverse audience of students, faculty, and art enthusiasts. The first portion of the program was about an hour long and began with a 16mm blowup of his super 8 film SPHINX ON THE SEINE. He followed that with 6 super 8 films and then a brief intermission during which members of the audience went to the soundstage where Clipson made a brief presentation about the installation. The program concluded with a 26-minute version of his "live" film LIGHTMAZE. Most of the audience returned after the intermission and when the screening concluded Clipson hosted a Q & A.
Harris had this to say when asked about the event, “Judging from the Q & A the audience was obviously quite taken with Paul's work. This is especially encouraging because it seemed clear that most of them had little to no knowledge of the kind of work that Paul presented.”
UCF senior and Cinema Studies major Ben Michel said, " This was an amazing event. It was my first time experiencing experimental film, and I can't wait to see more. It's like my eyes have been opened to this new world. Paul Clipson was great and very approachable. I look forward to Sunspot Cinema's next event as I feel these types of screenings have tremendous value to UCF.”
Look for more Sunspot cinema coming soon!