Ungerer films on Maine Public TV

Apr 18, 2017
Experimental films by Walter Ungerer of Rockland will be shown on Maine Public Television Sunday night, April 30.

Portland — Short films by renowned media artist Walter Ungerer will be aired on Maine Public Television stations Sunday night, April 30. “Walter Ungerer: A Way of Seeing” is scheduled to air at 11:30 p.m.

Ungerer, a longtime Camden resident who, after a stint in Portland, now resides in Rockland, is a filmmaker and artist of international reputation, beginning with the underground film scene in New York City in the early 1960s and continuing through to the 21st century. His work has been shown at festivals and other venues around the world since it was included in a showcase of experimental American films at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1969-70.

Ungerer’s work is experimental. His visual imagery melds together obscured representational scenes of people and places together with abstract colors, shapes and textures. For sound, he uses spoken words from radio and television with a mixture of languages and layers the result with music and audio effects to produce a rich cacophony of sounds for the audio track in counterpoint to the visual track. Two of the films in the program are “I Just Don’t Get It — It’s My Russian Soul,” filmed in Portland; and “Curiously,” filmed in the Sebago Lake region.

Among the venues that have exhibited his work are Alchemy Moving Image Festival of Film and Video, United Kingdom; the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland; Filmmuseum, Netherlands; The Tate, Britain; Venice Biennale, Italy; and the Maine Short Film Festival.

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