Making Movies: Steven Cerio
Thursday, May 3, 2012
8 Exchange Street
Auburn, NY, USA 13021
Steven Cerio's film "The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow" will have its screen debut at the MAKING MOVIES 2012 FILM AND VIDEO SERIES curated by Terry Cuddy and organized by the Schweinfurth Art Center and held at the Auburn Public Theatre (108 Genessee street, Auburn NY) The series is funded by the NY State Council on the Arts.
It will be shown MAY 3 at 7:30 pm. First a brief introduction by Terry Cuddy followed by the screening, then a talk by the artist.
The fim will be released early this summer on DVD with a cd of soundtrack extras, 24 page book, a short film about the project by KC Katharine Duggan and another short Cerio shot with Jason Martin.
Director Steven Cerio is an artist, writer and musician whose unmistakable style set the stage for the neo-psychedelic revival. He has created his own loving and sarcastic expressions of joy and bliss for three decades. His film work for performance pioneers The Residents is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
A film to obliterate the illusions that distract from a real life. The Pigtail Shadow is a false idol, a false prophet promising a jeweled path out of reality. Teeming with music, words and imagery, this film induces a meditative and blissful state. The sweet and nimble reading by Kristin Hersh places an ethereal tone over a lush and swirling soundtrack. Cerio gently dismantles the collective subconscious and thoroughly mocks the human drama. Moments shift between the candied ecstasy of childhood and a teasing cynicism. Spotlights shine on our shifting superstitions in this cautionary tale.