Date(s) - 17/11/2016
The Gate Cinema
Tony Conrad was present at the birth of minimal composition with the Theatre of Eternal Music. He was there at the birth of The Velvet Underground, a band whose reverberations are still felt today. Tony’s experimental films challenged people’s expectations of what a film should be. The influence of Tony Conrad (who sadly passed away in April of this year) is spread far across the music and arts world, and yet for most of his life his many achievements were absent from the history books. This intimate yet nonlinear look at the life and work of this innovator and activist seeks to rectify this oversight, and forms a fitting tribute to a man who wished to make “abstract art funny, happy, energetic, joyful.”
“It’s hard to imagine a better tribute to Tony Conrad than Tyler Hubby’s film…Conrad had an infectious sense of mischief and a disdain for any kind of authority, and just spending time listening to him talk is a joy. Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present does an admirable job of compressing a massively important and influential career into a feature-length documentary without feeling rushed. It’s tough to imagine watching this film and not feeling immediately compelled to dive into Tony Conrad’s work”. (Jason Coffman, Daily Grindhouse).
“Completely in the Present aims to remove much of the structure of your typical documentary film by taking a nonlinear path through Conrad’s life. The narrative jumps around five decades yet there remains a beautifully clear understanding of his life and works. In the opening titles, a fabulously edited and timed sequence of Conrad’s art provides an abridgement to the interesting, fun, and occasionally odd, world we’re about to enter”. (Kylah Magee, FilmMonthly).
Director: Tyler Hubby
Producer(s): Christine Beebe, Tyler Hubby, Paul Williams
Screenwriter(s): Tyler Hubby
Main Cast: John Cale, Tony Conrad
Duration: 102 minutes
Tickets: €10.00 / €8.00 Concession