Bending Space. Georges Rousse and the Durham Project
by Penelope Maunsell, Kenny Dalsheimer, Stati Uniti 2007, 56'
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kenny Dalsheimer   PRODUCERS: Kenny Dalsheimer, Penelope Maunsell
SOUND: Juliet Jensen    
EDITING: Penelope Maunsell   PRODUCTION: PenKen Productions
MUSIC: Aaron Keane    

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2009

French artist George Rousse (Paris,1947) works in abandoned buildings that are due to be redeveloped or demolished; just “as a painter works with an empty, white canvas”, as he says himself. He creates ephemeral interventions that re-activate the memories and energies of these spaces. His work is created with an almost surgical precision, and finds a lasting form through his photographs. Invited to a residency in Durham, North Carolina, in 2006, Rousse worked in four of the city’s historical buildings. Among these was the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Factory, where Chesterfield cigarettes were produced until 1984. Over 200 volunteers helped him enthusiastically, and the whole city supported his work. The film follows Rousse in the different phases of this project and documents the complex and multi-layered process that lies beneath the creation of his poetical and visionary work.

Penelope Maunsell
Independent producer, author and filmmaker, she also shoots educational videos for American colleges and universities. She founded her own production house, Penelope Maunsell & Associates in 1987.

Kenny Dalsheimer
Filmmaker and producer. Founder of Groove Productions in Durham, North Carolina. Teaches media studies and runs video workshops.

Selected Filmography
PENELOPE MAUNSELl: 1990 Irwin Kremen; The Operation (serie).
KENNY DALSHEIMER: 1998 Go Fast, Turn Left: Voices from Orange County Speed; 2000 Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues; 2001 Walking Miracles; 2004 Choices and Changes.

Video introduction by Carolina Gestri 

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