Avanto - Helsinki Media Art Festival 2001. 6-11.11.2001

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Bruce Baillie: The Holy Scrolls


Featuring live soundtracks from: Es, Mikko Maasalo, Tony Ikonen, Ilpo Väisänen, Kemialliset ystävät and Mika Vainio

One of the founding fathers of the San Francisco experimental film movement, Bruce Baillie shot The Holy Scrolls over a period of 30+ years. The result, a 12-hour cinematic epic, can be seen at the festival in six parts. The Holy Scrolls mixes fictional, personal, and documentary material that is characterized with a poetically sensitive approach to colour, light, and texture. For Baillie, reality is the sum of the physical and the spiritual, and cinema is where the two can meet. Apart from Baillie himself, the film features many other well-known 60’s cult figures, such as Kenneth Anger, Sally Dixon, Ed Hugetz, and Ondine.

The showcase in the Orion theatre is the film’s European premiere, and according to Baillie, also its last public screening. Baillie himself, now 71, will be presenting his work to the audience.

To make the cinematic experience even more unique, some of the cream of Finnish experimental musicians will be accompanying the film with live soundtracks of their own. The bill consists of performances by Es, Kemialliset ystävät, Mikko Maasalo, Tony Ikonen and Pan sonic’s Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen.

The presentation is realized in co-operation with the Finnish Film Archive.

Sunday 24.11.2002 - Orion Cinema
11:00-24:00 - Bruce Baillie's 'The Holy Scrolls'

11.00: ES / Sami Sänpäkkilä
14.00 Mikko Maasalo
16.30: Tony Ikonen
18.30: Ilpo Väisänen
20.30: Kemialliset ystävät
22.00: Mika Vainio