Body of Work DVD
Five films by Jo Ann Kaplan
Jo Ann Kaplan is an acclaimed prize-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited in galleries, cinemas, festivals and on television worldwide for the past 40 years.
Her work is marked by an extraordinary diversity of forms which includes animation, dance film, fiction, and experimental film, as well as documentaries and arts programmes. Inspiration for her work comes from equally diverse sources: the imagery of Georges Bataille, Robert Burtonís classic text on Melancholy, and the seminal films of Maya Deren.
She has collaborated on film projects with writer Angela Carter, dancer Dana Caspersen of the Bill Forsythe Company, and with musicians including Alexander Balanescu, Keith Tippett, Kate and Mike Westbrook, Annabelle Pangborn, Thom Willems and Graham Hadfield.
Jo Ann Kaplanís Body of Work is characterised by a sensual approach to filmmaking and an exploration of the human and female form as the embodiment of meaning and emotion.
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Author: Jo Ann Kaplan
Publishing date: 2011
DVD Format: PAL
Body of Work is a selection of Jo Ann Kaplanís most personal films, including her authoritative biography of the charismatic filmmaker Maya Deren, released for the first time on DVD, and two recently completed films, one in the form of a dance and the other as an on-going painting.
This collection is accompanied by a newly commissioned essay from Lucy Reynolds.
Films on the DVD:
Invocation: Maya Deren (1986, 53 mins, 4:3)
Documentary about American avant-garde filmmaker of 1940s/50s.
Story of I (1997, 23 mins, 4:3)
An original film improvised around Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille. Produced, directed and edited by Jo Ann Kaplan. Woman in the bath: Kristina Page/Jo Ann Kaplan. Cinematography by Margaret Jailler. Art direction by Jim Clancey. Music by Annabelle Pangborn. The Arts Council of England and The London Production Fund.
An Anatomy of Melancholy (2000, 13 mins, 4:3)
An animated film using original anatomical drawings by Jo Ann Kaplan, and classic texts by Robert Burton and John Keats. Directed and animated by Jo Ann Kaplan. Produced by Dick Arnall. Director of Photography Hugh Gordon. Music by Thom Willems. Typography by Phil Baines. Ode on Melancholy read by Fayida Jailler. An Animate! Project for The Arts Council of England and Channel Four.
OneTwoThree (2010, 12 mins, 4:3)
A dance film choreographed and performed by Dana Caspersen and Thomas McManus of Ballet Frankfurt/Bill Forsythe Company. Produced and directed by Jo Ann Kaplan and Dana Caspersen. Cinematography by Daniel Kohl. Edited by Jo Ann Kaplan. Music by Graham Hadfield.
Watching Paint Dry (2010, 18 mins, 16:9 FHA)
A work in on-going progress. Painted, filmed and edited by Jo Ann Kaplan, documenting and reflecting on the artistís own ageing, to be up-dated and developed at points in the future. The actual face, glimpsed occasionally, is getting older and more lined over time, but the record of its ageing is not yet long enough to bear full witness. A self-portrait of the artist as an ageing woman, and a work in progress to be continued for as long as there is time.
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