Gordon Ball

Enthusiasm (1979) 16mm, color & b/w, 13.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

It began with 'ENTHUSIASM'. I first leaned of Gordon ball at the 1979 Atlanta Independent Film Festival when, along with 400 other festival goers, I watched an utterly earnest, painful, and serious film called ENTHUSIASM sandwiched in a program, of likable festival fare. for the 14 long minutes that ENTHUSIASM claimed the screen, a roomful of unprepared viewers was confronted with a filmmakers account of his mothers death following a prolonged illness with Alzheimer's Disease, a form of premature senility. Ball's detailed narrative, recited in a voice struggling to maintain composure, accompanied the generally random series of snapshots and posed photographs of his mother, interspersed with passages of colored leader and flares which constituted the visual body of the film. Later, at the close of the festival, after five nights of immersion in film and video, ENTHUSIASM was still with me... going over these images is a universal experience. They are pictures that record the fairest moments as reflected in the face one wears in the front of a camera. They preserve the memory of a time which existed before we children came. In them the subject, even with age, is always alive. Ball's story, replete with the mundane, un-talked of details of illness, forms the dark aspect of those fair, eternal moments-the face we instinctively turn away from the camera's eye. ENTHUSIASM'S drama, takes the shape of the tension between picture and word, between the memory we cherish and the one we would often rather deny or forget. -- Linda Dubler, Art Papers ENTHUSIASM presents unique family image in brown, black, and white, and color photos collecting an older generations poignant enthusiasm romances marriages socials graces and native myths. Narrated in flashbacks from his parents graves intermixed with chronological soundtrack account of their buried histories, awkward hones and raw-voiced, hesitant and sincere, whereby Gordon Ball makes you cry for life itself. -- Allen Ginsberg

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