John Luther Schofill

Die (1966) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

DIE is a silent meditation on consciousness past death. It is a continuous flow of image uninterrupted by cutting, a tactile and erotic film in which a man knows the earth as lover through a newly-awakened touch, a new multilayered seeing. It is a mystical document of a peak experience in life, climaxing in ego-death. The actor in the film is Charles MacDermed, my mentor of that time, now my friend. Award: First Prize, University of Santa Clara Film Festival, 1968.

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John Luther Schofill

Filmpiece For Sunshine (1968) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Dedication: To Anger and Sunshine. FILMPIECE FOR SUNSHINE was begun as a portrait of Steven Sunshine, a young film student, at his invitation. Steven was then 18 to my 25 and living, as misfit as I had been at his age, in a college dormitory. My unexpected return to the environment of my adolescence brought forth a flood of memory strong enough to sustain my first real venture in filmmaking. Once begun, the film soon transformed itself from portrait to autobiography, and was shaped very much by my obsession with Anger's SCORPIO RISING (image montage and rock music) -- and by a remark of the narrator in Vladimir Nabokov's novel, Pale Fire: that dormitories are "bedlams of jungle music." To be worthy of that inspiration, it took nine months of careful searching to select seven songs (and one fragment) -- two years in all to complete the film. FILMPIECE FOR SUNSHINE is about the isolation of the adolescent in an anti-life society, the pointlessness of his existence. He can't get sexual satisfaction, and he can't get any other kind either. He is always in prison and always will be. The woman he longs for is not just a woman of flesh but a higher spiritual freedom and beauty. He longs for beauty in an ugly world.

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John Luther Schofill

Xfilm (1968) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Tape composition by William Maraldo. XFILM is my very personal exploration of film as an abstract, kinetic medium. The film, after many months of experimentation with rhythm and form, finally collected and crystallized when I heard Bill Maraldo's unusual electronic tape piece. The opening of XFILM grew from my hearing of that piece, and I still believe that the first five minutes of this film are the most inspired filmmaking I have yet done. "Through precise manipulation of individual frames and groups of frames, Schofill creates an overwhelming sense of momentum practically unequaled in synaesthetic cinema. There is almost a visceral, tactile impact to these images, which plunge across the field of vision like a dynamo ...." -- Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema "XFILM is a radiant, spiritual dream-synthesis of technological consciousness. ... [A] film that presents a thoroughly integrated and radically alternative vision with a technical mastery that gives the film artist a fresh model of visual sophistication from which to attack the stifling, mordant and redundant vocabulary of the past." -- John Du Cane Note: Please play sound as loudly as sound system will allow without distortion.

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