Alexis Krasilovsky
Alexis Krasilovsky

DVD Review

Some Women Writers Kill Themselves:
Selected Video poems and Poetry of Alexis Krasilovsky

"This is an impressive collection by an accomplished multimedia artist who has been at her craft since the mid-1970's. Featuring a total of 8 video poems, 4 interactive chapbooks (collecting poems from 1983-2008) and the punk film "Blood" from 1975, there is an almost scary density of material here.

The DVD opens with "What Memphis Needs" a video collage of Memphis, made in 1991. The piece starts out with harmonica music from Roosevelt Briggs and from the three-piece Harmonkeys, and is a collage of images from Memphis that illustrate both the history and also the racial/class differences. This isn't a Chamber of Commerce travelogue, to say the least. Besides the aforementioned musicians, Alexis credits the appearance of everyone who appears in this piece. Since it is a piece about the realities of a community, this is a classy move.

Many of the pieces concern feminist perspective ("Commiseration Moon" and "Inside Story" (which was the first art video to utilize Endoscopic camerawork - talk about putting yourself into your work!) or Alexis' Jewish roots and Jewish History during WWII .

"Exile" is set against chilling documentary shots of the collection and deportation of Jews to the concentration camps, as does the terribly haunting "Camp Terezin" which tells the story of a camp where nearly 150,000 children died during the war, set against children's art. You can't watch this and not feel your heart clench and not want to hold your own children close to your chest.

Notable also is "The Earthquake Haggadah" (Excerpted from the film "Epicenter U." and narrated by Wanda Coleman) that links disasters of the human heart to natural disasters as a way of celebrating Passover.

And "Valium Blues" has all the charm of early MTV videos, back when bands like The Cure were having a great time playing with the new art form and just diving in with all sorts of low-tech ideas and unpretentious sense of fun.

Alexis herself has a rather staggering resume: educated at Smith, Yale & California Institute of the Arts; screenings of her works have been held all over the world, from Shakespeare & Company in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art as well as CBGB's in NYC, L.A. and the Austin Women's Film, Music & Literary Festival (where this collection won "Best of the Fest" award this year).
Her work has been shown on PBS.
She has been the recipient of more awards, grants and fellowships than I have fingers to type them with.
She also wrote and directed the award-winning feature documentary "Women Behind the Camera."
She currently teaches Screen Writing at California State University at Northridge.

This is a content-rich collection, and frankly it should be required viewing for anyone interested in even one of the things Alexis does so well, whether that be writing, film and video work, historical documentary making, etc., etc... whatever. Plainly said, the woman is a mighty, mighty force for Art in this world.

To order: alexiskrasilovsky.com."

Ryk McIntyre, GotPoetry.com
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Let Them Eat Cake

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Women Behind the Camera

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End of the Art World

End of the Art World Still with Andy Warhol

 

Some Women Writers
Kill Themselves

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Exile

Exile DVD Cover

 

Beale Street

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The Official Website of Alexis Krasilovsky
See Also: Women Behind The Camera.com and Pastriology.com

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