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Greenfield: Cinema of the Body

by Amy Greenfield

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The six films that make up Cinema Of The Body are
Element, Tides, MUSEic Of The BODy, Light Of The Body, Wildfire and Videotape For Woman And A Man.

They delve to our primal experience through the dynamic motion of the human body in “a new nakedness no longer at war with spirituality and intelligence.” (Isadora Duncan). The films include the celebrated Element and Tides. Newly re-mastered on high definition, with Academy-Award-winner Hilary Harris on camera, we viscerally experience the force of female energy – the woman, Greenfield herself, heroically struggling in earth in Element and triumphantly rising from the ocean in Tides.

The DVD ends with the 32 minute Videotape For A Woman And A Man, which balances on the line between performance and a real relationship.

AMY GREENFIELD is an award-winning experimental filmmaker, video artist, performer and writer. From 1970 to today she has developed a cinematic language of human motion and the body as a moving image art, to make visible the primary experiences of the life within us : thought, emotion, identity, spirit. In March 2012, Intellect Books with the University Of Chicago Press brings out Flesh Into Light: The Films Of Amy Greenfield, by Robert Haller, celebrating her work.

She focuses on the innate dignity of the human body . . . it is through camera positioning and editing that she brings out the archetypal significance of movement, and communicates ecstatic states to evoke cathartic responses.” Amy Greenfield has made over forty films, videos, moving image installations, multimedia performances, and holograms.
From 1972 to today she developed the nude as a moving image art. She “developed a new form of video – choreographing for video camera and television screen.” (Museum Of Modern Art, New York). She has made some of the only moving holographic art pieces. Her multimedia performance has received a New York Times 10 Best In The Arts. Her films have won awards at the London Film Festival, Houston Film Festival, Athens Greece Film Festival, American Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Williamsburg Film Festival. Her work has been screened as an Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Dance On Camera/Lincoln Center Festival, Sao Paulo Film Festival, Denver Straz Film Festival, Silverlake Hollywood Film Festival, American Dance Festival, American Video Festival. She has had one-woman and group shows at the Museum Of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, American Museum of the Moving Image, Kennedy Center, National Gallery Of Art, Canadian National Museum Of Science, American Film Institute, Anthology Film Archives, PS 1 Art Space/Museum Of Modern Art, National Film Theater of London, Centre Pompidou, Vienna Film Museum, Women’s World Congress, and from Argentina to Japan. Her (experimental) feature film, Antigone/Rites Of Passion, was screened as part of the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic pre- ceremonies.

She is breaking new ground for freedom of speech on the internet. In 2010, the National Coalition Against Censorship and Electronic Frontier Foundation, protested the censoring of her filmsElement and Tides on Youtube. The international stature of her work enabled them bring attention to and change Youtube’s guidelines on nudity and art. Now, many filmmakers and performance artists have put their work on Youtube for the first time. Amy Greenfield has received fellowships from the National Endowment For The Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation and more, and has been honored for her contribution to the arts by the Fulbright Foundation and Harvard University.

Magical! Unforgettable! - New York Times

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