Tony Conrad – Completely in the Present

A film by Tyler Hub­by. In eng­lish with ger­man subtitles.

A clip from the noto­rious 1963 Jack Smith nudie FLAMING CREATURES, on which Tony Con­rad worked, segues into his own cine­ma­tic affront, a light show cal­led THE FLICKER, the bad boy of the 1966 New York Film Fes­ti­val. The­re was vomi­t­ing at the pre­mie­re; the pro­jec­tio­n­ist suf­fe­red a migrai­ne. “No LSD nee­ded!” says filmma­ker Lar­ry Seven, one of the on-came­ra sub­jects in this film. TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT is a sharp, sweet, elo­quent docu­men­ta­ry about the mer­riest, most artis­ti­cal­ly expan­si­ve mini­ma­list on record: musi­ci­an, edu­ca­tor, acti­vist Tony Con­rad. The violinist’s tran­ce­li­ke dro­ning tech­ni­que (“the first non-bag­pipe Wes­tern dro­ne music,” he once cal­led it) caught hold, in its ste­alt­hy way, in the 1960’s with (among others) John Cale and Lou Reed. Conrad’s work and his life asser­ted the impor­t­ance of lis­tening for the sounds nobo­dy else has heard. He died this year at the age of 76. (Micha­el Phillips)

USA 2017, 97 Min., engl. OmU

Regie, Schnitt & Buch: Tyler Hubby
Kame­ra: Dami­an Cal­vo, For­tu­n­a­to Procopio
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Tony Con­rad: Com­ple­te­ly in the Pre­sent (Trai­ler) from Salz­ge­ber & Co. Medi­en GmbH on Vimeo.