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PERSISTENCE OF VISION     QUICKTIME EXCERPT - RT 2:10

The film references the physiological phenomenon “persistence of vision,” the tendency of the human eye to retain an image, the foundation of motion picture photography.  The filmmaker extends this visual effect by the means of imprinting on the mind.  As he holds his infant son, he reflects on the events of the 1960s and 70s in America, particularly on the diseased mind of the murderer Charles Manson, who once was an innocent child. The film pioneers an intermittent frame technique, in which different frame sequences alternate with one another on the screen, and combine in the eye with great intensity. 

Realized by Charles Lyman   1979 (RT 12:00)          

CASTAWAY     NO LINK YET

The theme is from Moby Dick.  Pip, Ahab's black cabin boy, was a castaway in mid-ocean, and although he was rescued, the sea "jeeringly ... drowned his soul."  So "man's insanity is heaven's sense."

1972 (RT 7:29).

Realized by Charles Lyman with David Szabo.

TWO SONGS     MPEG4 FULL 7:29 MIN

With the singer/song-writer James Taylor (aka McCandless).  Extended music video set above and below Florida rivers, and in a ruined monastery.  Features "You Shouldn't Have to Fell Such Pain" and other Taylor songs.

1974 (RT 7:29)

Realized and edited by Charles Lyman.

VICTORY AT SEA     MPEG4 FULL 5 MIN

Created by Peter Melaragno from mostly found-footage as an element of the BEND IN THE RIVER performance piece realized by Charles Lyman, David Audet and Peter Melaragno on the Hillsborough River in the Sulfur Springs neighborhood of Tampa: May 18, 2011.  The video was projected on the barge-model of the Civil War Confederate ironclad, The Merrimack.

2011 (RT 4:43)

Editing and Sound Design: Peter Melaragno.

FUSIONCONFUSION     MPEG4 FULL 6.5 MIN

The dancer Juana Farfan was recorded performing the same short dance in four different locations.  These are interwoven using windows and double exposures.  Time remains constant, space is transparent.

2001 (RT 6:30)

Realized by Charles Lyman.  Edited by Edward Isin.  Choreography by Juana Farfan.

HILLSBOROUGH AND THE NILE     MPEG4 FULL 11:45 MIN

Mingles the water of two rivers, one in Egypt and the other in Florida.  Celebrates the Egyptian spring revolt of 2010 with floating media barges (models of the MONITOR and the MERRIMACK) on the Hillsborough River, Tampa, Florida.    2011 (RT 11:45)

Realized by Charles Lyman & Peter Melaragno.  Editing and Sound Design by Peter Melaragno. Photography Charles Lyman and Peter Melaragno.

THROUGH THE VENETIAN BLIND     MPEG4 EXCERPT 5 MIN

Love in Venice, Italy.  A visual poem to the beauties of that city, and some of the women who come there. 

2001 (RT 23:45)

Realized by Charles Lyman.  Edited by Charles Lyman & Edward Isin. 

CAR     MPEG4 FULL 24 MIN

Americans love their cars, but may not realize what they cost in blood and treasure.  Impressionist reality.  Elements of this film formed the walls of the tunnel installation "Car"  (see Performances/Installations).

1976 (RT 45:00)

Realized by Charles Lyman.

PUTTING THE CITY BACK IN YBOR     YOU TUBE 10 MINUTES

Editing and Sound Design by Peter Melaragno.  Produced by David Audet. 

A fast-paced review of four years (2004 to 2007) of the YBOR FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE -- film, video, music, performance & installation art -- and blood, sweat & tears in Ybor City, the old Spanish/Cuban/Italian quarter of Tampa.    2010 (RT 10:00)

Photography by Peter Melaragno and others.

WET WEATHER     MPEG4 FULL 10:30 MIN

PRIMAVERA.  Composed of images from night performances on the Electric Stonehenge Theater in Brooksville, Florida (see PERFORMANCES/ETC).  Evokes spirits of the animals on a foggy spring night on a hilltop farm.

1980 (RT 10:30)

Realized by Charles Lyman. 

BOATHOUSE     MPEG4 FULL 4 MIN 

The boathouse on Sutton Island, Maine, was built in 1854.  The film evokes the passage of time as seen through the sliding door.  Gradually, patterns emerge: the tides, the ferry, night and day.  Ultimately, the filmmaker's fantasies find a place in these rhythms.   1989 (RT 4:30)

Realized by Charles Lyman.

SUMMER WINDOWS TIME EXPOSURE  MPEG4 FULL 13 MIN

Musician Jim Taylor practices guitar scales and harmonies on his guitar.  With these beautiful and regular harmonies in the background, the scene shifts to a view through a window outside of a seacoast in Maine.  The view changes with the seasons as seen through the strips of 16mm film hanging in the breeze.  The seasonal destruction of the image on these strips becomes a metaphor for time passing.  We return to the patient musician.     1977 (RT 10:00)     

Realized by Charles Lyman.   

LEILA      MPEG4 FULL 5 MIN

Based on the Arab legend of Liela: a young woman choosing between a rich but corrupt uncle and her penniless lover.  Pioneers the intermittent frame technique in which dissimilar frames are rapidly projected over one another, combining in the eye.     1968 (RT 5:00)

Realized by Charles Lyman.

HEADS STONE HEADS     QUICKTIME EXCERPT - RT 1:10

This film is designed as a LOOP to be projected on an eight-foot model of a human head with smoothed, white, raised features (eyes, nose, chin, mouth, etc).  The image becomes startlingly three dimensional and is hung from a frame-work and floated on its own river raft.  The film may also be shown on a conventional flat screen.     2010 (RT 6:00)

Realized by Charles Lyman.  Editing & Audio Design by Peter Melaragno.            

  

JUST COINCIDENCE     MPEG4 EXCERPT 4 MIN

A JOURNAL OF DREAMS.

An underground journal of an artist new to Florida, but brought up in New England.  Allusions to the space race, the moon, Christmas in Florida, mermaids and sunsets, and other hallucinations.   

1972-1983 (RT 19:00)

Realized by Charles Lyman.  Music by the Talking Heads.  

SUTTON'S BLINDS     QUICKTIME EXCERPT - RT 2:10

A young girl stands at her bedroom window and peeks through the Venetian blinds at the world outside her island home. She dreams of her future bounded by the ocean and the rocky beaches of  the island.  This film is designed to be projected through and on a venetian blind and  a screen  with a dancer (see under performance).      1984  (RT 16:00)

A film realized by Charles Lyman.