PAOLO DAVANZO AND LISA MARR
(United States, Los Angeles, California)
Host organization: Bukhara Photo Gallery (Bukhara, Uzbekistan)
The artists documented their experience of getting to know the city and its communities in great detail in their blog Sell Your TV And Come To The Cinema. During the residency, Paolo and Lisa held a lab for students of The Knowledge Academy, dedicated to the peculiarities of shooting with an 8mm film camera and the eco-processing of film. All the rest of the time they were engaged in filming together with the participants in the lab and further developing and editing the film. Thus, the film brought together different generations of local residents.
Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr are filmmakers, educators and community cinema activists whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and positive social change. For the past twenty years, they have been helping to run the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit neighborhood media arts center with a focus on analog film education and resources. As the duo The Here & Now, they travel the world, sharing handmade movies and music with local communities.
Paolo and Lisa collaborated with local artists and musicians on an experimental film The Sound We See: A St. Petersburg City Symphony. They used analog filmmaking techniques and the “City Symphony” genre practiced in the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov to explore communal creative process and contemporary environments. The Sound We See is an ongoing cinematic conversation on the relevance of handmade film in the 21st century.