DOORWAY FOR NATALIE KALMUS
A film by Aura Satz
Aura Satz, Doorway for Natalie Kalmus, production still, 2013
Doorway for Natalie Kalmus is a film centred around the use of colour in moving image technology, exploring the disorienting technicolour prismatic effects of the lamp house of a 35mm colour film printer. Through minute shifts across an abstract colour spectrum, punctuated by a mechanical soundtrack, the film evokes kaleidoscopic perceptual after-images (bringing to mind Paul Sharits, Dario Argento and the Wizard of Oz). Natalie Kalmus was the ex-wife of technicolour inventor Herbert Kalmus, and was the colour consultant for hundreds of colour films, including The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, the Red Shoes, Black Narcissus and many more. She would draw up colour scores for each film, like music scores, according to her theories of "Colour Consciousness". She also authored a short article entitled "Doorway onto another world", in which she described her sister’s deathbed experience of seeing deceased family members.
An essay by Prof. Esther Leslie can be downloaded here
Filmed, directed and edited by Aura Satz
Soundtrack composed by Aura Satz and Steven Severin
DP Tim Sidell
Dubbing mixer Gernot Fuhrmann
Funded by Paradise Row
Support in kind from Cinelab London film laboratory
Special thanks to Brian Simper, Colin Coull, David Buck and Tina Brennan at Cinelab (formerly Bucks Media Services); Joao de Oliveira at Prestech; Joshua Yumibe, Sarah Street, and Ian Christie.
Aura Satz would also like to thank Jackie and Peter Stewart, Cinenova, Electra, Metro Imaging and Simon Quinn for their support of the additional works in the exhibition.
'Colour Opponent Process'
Solo exhibition at Paradise Row Gallery
1 Nov - 7 Dec 2013
Paradise Row presents 'Colour Opponent Process', a solo exhibition of works by Aura Satz. For her first ever commercial gallery exhibition, Satz will premiere a new film 'Doorway for Natalie Kalmus'. Centred around the use of colour in moving image technology, Satz will explore the disorienting technicolour prismatic effects effects of the lamp house of a 35mm colour film printer. Alongside the film, Satz will also present a number of 35mm film-strip 'colour code' works, inspired by the colour scores of Natalie Kalmus, and the perforated paper colour encoding employed by The Bell and Howell Additive Lamp house.
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London W1T 3DB
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21 November 2013 7pm
Aura Satz will be conversation with Prof. Esther Leslie discussing abstraction, colour, and the contributions of female labour to the early colour film industry, at Paradise Row Gallery.
Esther Leslie is Professor in Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London and author of Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant garde (2002), Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art and the Chemical Industry, (2005), Walter Benjamin (2007).
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'Colour Opponent Process'
Solo show at Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto
March 14 - April 19 2014
To coincide with the Images Festival, Toronto 10-19th April 2014
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'Eyelids Leaking Light'
Solo show at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
24th January - 26th April 2015
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Solo presentation at Projection Space
'Doorway for Natalie Kalmus' 4 - 17 May 2015
'Chromatic Aberration' 18 - 31 May 2015
World Premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival
'Views from the Avant-garde', curated by Mark McElhatten
3-7 October 2013
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-6595
Screenings at the 43rd edition Rotterdam Film Festival
as part of the 'Signals Regained' programme
25th and 26th January 2014
Selected for the 'European Short Film Competition' as part of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival
24 July 24 - 3 August 2014, Wroclaw, Poland