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Tribeca’s Experimental Filmmakers at Director’s Brunch

Brendon Kingsbury, Brian Doyle, Charles Lim, curator Jon Gartenburg, Marie Losier, and Melissa Friedling at Tribeca's Director's Brunch at City Hall Restaurant.

(L-R - top) Directors Brendon Kingsbury, Brian Doyle, Charles Lim, curator Jon Gartenberg, (L-R bottom) Marie Losier, Melissa Friedling attend Director's Brunch at The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at City Hall Restaurant on April 25, 2011 in New York City.
(April 25, 2011 - Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

23Apr/110 “Current (Reprise)” is “Experimental filmmaking at its most otherworldly yet strikingly real.”

by Ben Umstead, April 22, 2011 1:45 PM

Despite being in the online age of video, it seems the short film is still somewhat neglected when it comes to a proper outlet, so today I'll be shining the spotlight on a handful of the 60 short films playing at this year's Tribeca, many of them from some fine regional talents. Selection films will also be available to watch online through Tribeca's website...

Like alien jellyfish tendrils, streams of paper cling to trees and lampposts in Current (Reprise). This is the aftermath of New York's first ticker tape parade post 9/11. Atmospheric and downright unsettling, Brian Doyle films the familiar setting of Lower Manhattan through the eyes of distrust and a cacophony of technological blips and beeps. For as he films the quiet storm of ticker tape gathering, swirling in the streets, on the sidewalks and in the gutters, electronic eyes from above watch him. Experimental filmmaking at its most otherworldly yet strikingly real...

full story here...

23Apr/110 features Brian Doyle at Tribeca Film Festival

2011 Tribeca Film Festival coverage begins

Today we meet Indie Director Brian Doyle at the Cadillac Tribeca Press Lounge.

By Corey Boutilier
Executive Director,
Published Apr 23, 2011
Brian Doyle was invited by the Tribeca Film Festival to their Filmmaker meet and greet party...

Brian Doyle, attending filmmaker with coresponding festival lanyard, shot a Super8 short film that was accepted into this years shorts program. It is entitled "current (reprise)". There is no dialogue, but a very beautiful I might add, montage of paper floating around Wall Street. The subtitle of the film is "Survive the ticker tape tempest"...



Brian Doyle at the Tribeca Press Lounge on Zimbio

Brian Doyle and Stewart Nusbaumer - Filmmaker & Press Cocktail Party At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

(April 21, 2011 - Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America)


Tribeca Buzz: A Talk with Current (Reprise)’s Brian Doyle

Published on April 18, 2011

by Mary Iannone

“My interest in ticker tape parades stems from their creation of some unique phenomena.  The debris can be seen as a kind of proxy for information itself.  In this digital age, all this debris floating in the air, caught in trees, piled in gutters, becomes like waves and gusts of memory and nostalgia itself.”

In late 2000, Brian Doyle prepared for the inevitable ticker tape parade that would follow either outcome of the Yankees versus Mets World Series match up.  But his primary interest in the festivities was as a filmmaker.  The result was Current, a look at the stormy aftermath of the parade.  The atmosphere “seems like an unwitting dress rehearsal or fantasy of destruction, a glimpse of the future that was to come”.  Just four months after Current’s completion, 9/11 recreated the desolate streets carefully simulated in the film.  The second event came from unthinkable destruction; the first, eerily similar, came from joyful celebration.

Eight years later, another cinematic opportunity suddenly presented itself to Doyle.  “I became interested in encapsulating 9/11 in this kind of bubble, book-ended by the storms of information,” Doyle says.  “Current (Reprise) was filmed during the Giants’ Super Bowl victory parade.  The Giants were underdogs that year, so I was not expecting a parade at all.  But when they won, I realized a parade was imminent and I quickly dreamed up this idea.  I wondered what it would be like to attempt a sequel to a documentary.  The ongoing, recurring nature of ticker tape parades lent itself to this somewhat unique idea.  Would this film change as well?  What would the separation of nearly 10 years yield?”



“Current (Reprise): the Accumulation” in 303 staff show / OPENING THIS THURSDAY 5:00-7:30PM

My new video installation based off my latest film "Current (Reprise)" will be showing this month at 303 Gallery. Come on out to the opening this Thursday, Aug. 19th, 5-7:30pm!

Here's the artwork info on my piece:

Brian Doyle
"Current (Reprise): the Accumulation"
KRIST'L archive lightjet print and video projection on paper
TRT: 7 min. loop, color, stereo
74"h x 48"w x approx. 120"
ed. 1/4

Current (Reprise): the Accumulation installation

"Current (Reprise): the Accumulation" is a photo and video installation comprised of Doyle's latest film "Current (Reprise)", a kind of sequel and mirror-like coda to Doyle's 2000 video "Current". The film "Current (Reprise)" is projected onto a thick piece of paper, hung from the ceiling and shredded at the bottom like the tons of ticker tape debris depicted in the film. This paper projection screen is hung back to back with a photograph "the Accumulation", similarly shredded and likewise showing a heap of debris clogging the gutter of a road. As the film jumps from scene to scene showing the graceful steams and bits of paper, the shredded ends of the projection screen and photograph dance in the currents of air in the room.

Current (Reprise): the Accumulation photograph

"Current (Reprise)" returns to Lower Manhattan during a 2008 ticker tape parade, the first since the destruction of the World Trade Center some seven years prior. The previous parade, in 2000, was captured by Doyle’s video “Current”, which tells the story of a vacated downtown caught in a storm of communication. As devices of technology hovering in the enclaves between skyscrapers seem to monitor or perhaps even propel the storm, the city is consumed, erased by a blanket of information.

"Current (Reprise)" mirrors the action of “Current” to show the life cycle of an area defined by the continuum of boom and bust. Super 8 film replaces Hi-8 video to create an archival look at the future. "Current (Reprise)" seems to echo past the first film, as if it were made before "Current".

This loop of time and place opens on a smoldering city and is quickly taken up by a torrent of bits and bursts of digital noise dominating an urban landscape of skyscrapers, radio towers, helicopters and television transmitters. Reams of paper alternately explode, slice, and float through the air. The physical manifestation of our highly charged digital atmosphere hangs in the trees, gathers on window sills and drapes across billboards.

As the wind dies down and the debris moves to street level, we see piles of spent human communications like tumbleweeds through the eerily unpopulated spaces. The camera finds the empty lot of the former World Trade Center framed by stalled construction cranes.  Returning to its beginning scene, the film ends quietly like ellipses at the end of a page.

more info here

Current (Reprise): the Accumulation projection


“Closed for Installation” 303 Gallery press release

Check out all the great artists in our 303 staff group show!303 invite303 press release


“Glassing the Landscape” reviewed

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's "Atomic Park"

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's "Atomic Park"

Check out this great review by Colin Beckett of the program I curated, "Glassing the Landscape". Colin titled his thoughtful piece "Anxious Landscapes".


“Glassing the Landscape” at Union Docs

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I presented "Glassing the Landscape" at Union Docs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on June 11, 2010, 7:30pm. The program featured LAUNCH and a selection films I curated:

Launch by Brian Doyle
Science’s 10 most Beautiful Experiments :#2 Galileo by Jeanne Liotta
Little Flags by Jem Cohen
City Beat by Skip Blumberg
Below Sea Level (single channel) by Pawel Wojtasik
Buffalo Common by Bill Brown
Heliocentric by Semiconductor
Atomic Park by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

(Brian Doyle is a 2009 Artists’ Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co-sponsored by the Artists & Audiences Exchange, a public program of NYFA.)


Launch at Tribeca

LAUNCH screens at the Tribeca Film Festival
in the shorts program "Environmental Rupture"!, Apr. 23-May 4, 2008
More info on Launch in Tribeca's online film guide.
Tribeca Film Festival logo
Screening Schedule
Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 pm, AMC Village 7,
Theater 2, 66 Third Avenue (at 11th Street) 
Wednesday, April 30, 12:45 pm, AMC Village 7,
Theater 7 
Thursday, May 1, 3:45 pm, AMC Village 7,
Theater 7
Saturday, May 3, 9:00 pm, Village East Cinemas,
Theater 2, 181 Second Avenue (at 12th Street)

Individual tickets go on sale Apr. 12, 11am for American Express card members, Apr. 19th, 11am for general public.

See a new video about the making of LAUNCH, shot by documentary maker Daniel Leeb, with footage by Mic Kight.

Now available on Tribeca Film Festival's website: See it here in 2008 Director's Bios.