ROCK ROSS

ROCK ROSS

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ROCK ROSS
  • AUTUMNAL DIPTYCH

    A muscular movement from a Sergei Prokofiev symphony commands our attention even against the blackness of a blank screen. The darkness eventually gives way to a roasted-pumpkin orange title card and images of a lovely nude running through the woods. Scratches in the film [celluloid!] correspond t...

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  • BABUBA

    This breezy, frenetic work was once described by filmmaker Rock Ross as “an original mambo-rap creation myth of chaos of vacation.” Indeed, the film begins with the bold, declarative text, “In the beginning there was only Chaos.” Nocturnal grown-up party scenes alternate with children posing, pla...

  • BAGLIGHT

    BAGLIGHT, as the title implies, was inspired by Stan Brakhage’s legendary MOTHLIGHT. Only this version, as the filmmaker aptly describes, is “cruelty free” (and it has a score).

  • PARADISE OF THE DAMNED

    "Rock Ross’ ironically titled, time-lapse record of a 1980s Gay Pride parade in San Francisco is hardly the celebration of a celebration one would expect. By stationing his camera at a jog in the route so that the floats and people head right at us and then veer off at the last minute (and speedi...

  • RETERNITY

    “Moments chosen for nuclear annihilation… where are you going to run to?” Working in his beloved 16mm (with an acoustic blues song on the soundtrack), the filmmaker answers his own apocalyptic question with seductive snippets of a relative rocking on the porch; horses bounding in free-spirited pl...

  • STUPOR MUNDI

    This delightful silent short parodies feature films that flash the names of the big stars (“Liberty,” “Justice” and “Death”) before the title card, STUPOR MUNDI, appears. In something of a cross between a Keystone Kops comedy and an Edwin S. Porter melodrama, Lady Liberty, Justice (with her blind...

  • VESPUCCILAND

    Rock Ross described this atypical collaboration as “a celebration of abandon in the parallel nation” and he wasn’t being completely tongue-in-cheek. VESPUCCILAND: THE GREAT AND FREE is an exuberant and witty dance for the camera, shot in vivid, defiant color, records half a dozen spitfires (inclu...