Red Birds (2009)
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"I've been looking at and filming birds obsessively and with great passion for a number of years. Since I've lived in New York, I've been dazzled by the splendid species I see during my visits in Central Park, as well as on the island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of… More "I've been looking at and filming birds obsessively and with great passion for a number of years. Since I've lived in New York, I've been dazzled by the splendid species I see during my visits in Central Park, as well as on the island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts - the magnificent cardinal being the foremost example. Thus, the title of my new film: THE RED BIRDS (which has inspired Louise Bourgeois to create a work on paper specifically for the film). "This new work is a very personal portrayal of the relationship I've developed with my female artist friends, whom I imagined had one day 'magically' transformed themselves into birds. It is a vehicle for a direct expression of who these artists are and is primarily based on their voices. The issue I set out to explore when I began the project was how best to present these artists whose work and lives I've documented in film and audio for a number of years, in order to introduce their work and their universe in an engaging manner, regardless of their age or the generation they belong to. "Initially, the 'working title' I used for the project was 'My Beautiful Women', since all the artists featured in the film have become friends whom I love and respect. And since I had in mind one day to make a film solely with and about animals, I combined the two projects into one. Thus the birds would have equal billing with the beautiful women, each artist lending her voice to a bird that I had selected specifically for her. "Like an artist, a bird represents a symbol of freedom, independence, and beauty - ever elusive, birds are essentially flights of fancy for us humans, providing us with the ultimate metaphor for what an artist is and does. I tried to compose my film as a tapestry wherein imagery of flowers and birds abound, and where the human (female) activity never loses its vibrancy." --© Brigitte Cornand for Anthology Archives
Aaron Cutler, Slant Magazine
As each new bird chimes in, the experiment begins to prove irritating.
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