Yes, experimental film is a thing, albeit an acquired taste, perhaps, for many. That said we recognize American experimental filmmaker and moving image artist David Edward Gatten today. Born February 11, 1971, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gattan celebrates his birthday today.
Since 1996 Gatten’s films have explored the intersection of the printed word and moving image, often blurring the boundary between these categories Gatten’s 16mm films often employ cameraless techniques, combined with close-up cinematography and optical printing processes.
In November 2011 Texts of Light: A Mid-Career Retrospective of Fourteen Films by David Gatten, opened at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Crated by Chris Stults, The Extravagant Shadows is a 175-minute work of high-definition digital cinema. It premiered at Lincoln Center in the New York Film Festival and is named one of the “Top 10 Undistributed Movies of 2012” by a Film Comment international film critics poll magazine.
By Pain and Rhyme and Arabesques of Foraging, a hybrid 16mm/HD piece, premiered at the British Film Institute in the London Film Festival and nominated for the Tiger award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam
Gatten is currently Lecturing Fellow & Artist in Residence Program in the Arts of the Moving Image & MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts at Duke University
Gatten is 56 today. Let’s celebrate experimental film and wish Gatten a Happy Birthday.