A dance between camera operator and subject, Swan's Island profiles artist Katy Martin, who covers herself with blue paint and then uses her whole body as a paintbrush. Throughout, filmmaker Bill Brand attempts to draw parallels between the physical gestures essential to painting and the camera movement essential to cinema, while highlighting the simultaneous harmony and separation between the person filming and the person being filmed.
Director's Statement Collapse
Swan's Island explores gesture in painting and how that relates to the hand held camera. Katy Martin paints on her own body, and Bill Brand captures her painted figure. In its choreography, Swan's Island is a duet. The person filming and the person filmed are moving as one, and yet they are separate, each an island. Seeing and being seen are inextricably tied to emotions of love and loss, longing, and a sense of place.
About the Director(s)Collapse
Professor of Film and Photography at Hampshire College and film preservationist, Bill Brand's work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals. In April, he will have a retrospective at Anthology Film Archives. Visual artist Katy Martin's digital prints, films, and videos have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, BAM, and the Shanghai Doland MoMA. In 2006, she will present American avant-garde film/video in Beijing and new Chinese video at Anthology Film Archives.