Triptych with Matthew - In-camera Portraits

‘Charles the Rock Man: Tell, Wisconsin’ 8/19/2012 - “Hey turn around!” ‘Okay okay!’ ..On our second sun-soaked day zig-zagging west across Wisconsin, Mathew caught a glimpse from the passenger window. A fellow named Charles and his meticulously crafted, exotic-rock-and bric-a-brac driveway retaining-wall—the culmination of some decades of trips with his late wife. We got to talking and he soon welcomed us on back to tour a world of creations and (re)collections. Memorials, memory manifest in the yard. ‘Alma.Mnpls.Gleason’ 8/20-21/2012 - My dad’s cottage in Alma, Wisconsin on the Mississippi. A landing spot, a jumping off point. A brief look after a lovely night, the only I’d ever spend there—don’t blink. A hike, dear friend, emerald light, cliffed roads, Minneapolis for an evening at the Walker, another excuse to make a trip—Dr Caligari on the lawn with live score by Brute Heart. Night swallows day and sunlit garden emerges at Mathew’s folks’ farm. A portrait of loved ones. ‘Memorial and Gleason Farm’ 9/26/2015 - Gathering and dispersing, sifting and coalescing. A lifetime of loves. Matthew’s mother, a teacher, is honored in her tiny country chapel by her artist son, farmer husband, and kindreds. Three becomes two, or ten.

  • Kati Katchever
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Creative Non-Fiction, Silent
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 8mm
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Kati Katchever

Kati Katchever (b. 1977, USA) has been making small gauge films since studying at the UW-Milwaukee Film Department where she earned a BFA in 2005. Early work in b&w 16mm largely explored natural elements with landscapes and microlandscapes, delicate forms and textures, foregrounded. Her invitation to participate in Adept8 in August 2011 marked the first in a series of in-camera edited Super8 portraits, now an ongoing production, of diaristic documents on regional landscapes, events, culture and folk. She continues to foster analog film culture while managing UWM Film’s 16mm processing lab and Cinema Arts Archive, and teaching basic cinematography. Her films have shown in microcinemas, pop up theaters and other such intimate viewing spaces where art may be shared, including experimental film series like Late Night Film Emporium at Cineworks Studio, Van Couver; Light Stroke at PinkHouseStudio; and Soup & Cinema at the Bamboo Theater.

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