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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Dreaming in Aspect Ratio
Doc. expérimental | 35mm | couleur | 2:28 | USA | 2021
DREAMING IN ASPECT RATIO (2021) is a highly personal hand-made Queer diary film poem and experiment in disrupted stereoscopy; an adopted "found" home movie and film-poem fabricating a lost queer childhood regained. A playful and lyrical self-portrait in found queer memories and a film that subverts traditional norms and expectations. A cinépoem from Surrealist détournement of found footage, DREAMING IN ASPECT RATIO borrows and appropriates queer childhood memories and film diaries in a brazen and alchemical manner that disrupts cis-gendered and straight models of self-portraiture and auto-ethnography. The film asks the question, "Can memories be replaced, queered, and appropriated into an auto-ethnographic work?" The playful manipulation of different aspect ratios nods to a life spent enthralled by the poetry of cinema and film art. Bright colors collaged with black and white imagery of the joy of queer female friendships evoke dreaming and reverie; creating a lost queer childhood regained.
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is an award-winning filmmaker and author who works in Super 8, 16mm and archival images. Her films have premiered at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, in New York) as well as many other museums, art galleries and international film festivals. Foster is Professor Emerita of Film Studies, Queer LGBT+ Studies, Women's/Gender Studies, and the author of “Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader” and numerous volumes in cinema and cultural studies. Foster's experimental and documentary films are archived at the UCLA Film Archive in LA, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NY, as well as many other film archives around the world.