TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT

By Tyler HUBBY

BURNING BRIDGES LIMITED - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

An experimental, non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad.

Festivals
& Awards

FILAF 2016
Prix D'Agent
CUFF 2016
Viennale 2016
Buffalo International 2016
Best Doc
DOC NYC 2016
Rotterdam IFFR 2016
Revelation Perth 2016
Sydney Underground 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, First film, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 96 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tyler HUBBY
    • Producer(s)
    • Paul WILLIAMS (Burning Bridges Limited), Christine BEEBE
    • Synopsis
    • One cannot speak of Tony Conrad without placing him in a pantheon of greatness, yet for so many undoubtedly influenced by his work, he remains
      relatively unknown. Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present is an experimental, non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad.

      Since the early 1960s, Conrad's films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. His vast, inter-disciplinary repertoire has single-handedly created and influenced major film and compositional movements. He performed in and recorded the soundtrack to Jack Smith’s legendary Flaming Creatures; he turned the paradigm of representational cinema upside down with The Flicker; his development and practice of Just Intonation and Minimalism through his work with Stockhausen and La Monte Young still has
      the music establishment scratching their heads; his pivotal role in the formation of The Velvet Underground has directly or indirectly influenced everyone who has
      picked up a guitar since; as an early adopter of activist public access television he democratized the emerging medium of portable video.

      Following the wide ranging nature of Conrad's work, wherein he has systematically recorded, filmed, or photographed a great deal of his life, the film
      integrates these elements to create a historical context for the importance of his work. Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present mirrors Conrad’s own radical and utterly playful approach to art making. Norms are inverted and expectations challenged as the film adopts primal, confrontational audiovisual strategies that keep viewers challenged and intrigued. Off kilter narration, white screens, black screens, deafening drones, Pythagorean schematics, unusual shirts, dangerously homemade contraptions, and of course the ever unpredictable Tony Conrad himself facilitate this. The non-linear structure allows Tony to wildly free associate his streams of consciousness and the sound and visuals do their utmost to keep up, ultimately revealing Tony's honest, humane way of navigating a remarkable, creative life.

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