David Domingo: A Super 8 Odyssey

Apr 28, 2016

Filmmaker in attendance!
Sponsored by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
Co-presented with ExCinema
Co-presented with the Seattle Latino Film Festival

Spanish filmmaker David Domingo began making Super 8 films when he was twenty years old, and specializes in super 8mm and 16mm film. Northwest Film Forum is one of five film institutions across the U.S. to host Domingo on a tour that includes Los Angeles FilmForum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Cinema Project (Portland, Oregon), and Anthology Film Archive in New York. Also known as Stanley Sunday, Domingo’s textured and dense collage films combine found footage, grandiose movie soundtracks, distorted classical compositions, a wide range of world music, quite a few felines, VHS sampling of pop cultural debris, double exposure, stop motion animation, and references to the history of experimental film (think Bruce Conner and the Kuchar brothers) to profoundly humorously surreal and provocatively psychedelic effects.

Read an interview with David Domingo here

Film Program, selected by David Domingo:

Súper 8 (Super 8)
(1996, 7' 44'', color, sound)

La mansión acelerada (The Speedy Mansion)
(1997, 10', b&w, sound)

Desayunos y meriendas (Breakfast and Snacks)
(2002, 7', color, sound)

Rayos y centellas (What the…!)
(2004, 3' 52'', color, sound)

Película sudorosa (Sweaty Movie)
(2009, 18’, color/b&w, sound)

A Movie that Portrays the Wonders of the World as Seen Through the Eyes of a Cat (Disney Attraction Highlights Nº 1)
(2009, 5’, color/b&w, sound)

About David Domingo

David Domingo, also known as Stanley Sunday or Davidson, was born in Valencia in 1973 and currently lives in Barcelona. Thanks to some 20 shorts, three features (including his personal vision of Disney’s Bambi and The Exorcist turned into a musical), numerous video clips for musicians on the spanish independent scene (Fangoria, Hidrogenesse, Doble Pletina, Javiera Mena), wild live performances during screenings of his Super 8 and 16 mm films, and his mythical five-yearly fanzine “Un día en la vida de Jonas Mekas”, he has become an outstanding figure in Spanish underground film.

He started out using a camera and a VHS player to create a series of remakes, found footage films and stories filmed at home, featuring his sister and their grandmother, but soon switched to Super 8, the format that has produced most of his filmography.

In his films, Stanley Sunday gives free rein to his vivid imagination and expresses his fantastic personal universe in a delirious, iconoclastic stream of associations, using his particular imagery especially based on artefacts and icons of popular culture (trading card albums, commercials, Lladró figures, cassettes, scalextric …), but also homoerotic imagery and a series of recurrent motives of clear sexual symbolism, like the phallic Frankfurt sausage that has become a kind of logo.

Combining images borrowed from classics or B movies with his own, and abstract moments with scenes featuring his favourite actors, David Domingo blows hierarchies and causal logic sky high to generate a stream of images of surprising, enigmatic associations that denote a comprehensive knowledge of the tradition of avant-garde and experimental film (Bruce Conner, Andy Warhol, Iván Zulueta, Kenneth Anger and the Kuchar brothers), to whom his work makes many references.

After a series of incursions into 16 mm, more recently David Domingo has thrown himself into tutorials of the most diverse digital programmes, allowing him to conquer new textures, effects and possibilities of layer upon layer and people his videos with 3D beings, then drawing back to his domestic realm.

As well as making their way round the underground circuit, his films have been shown at some of the foremost museums, arts centres and festivals in Spain, such as Xcèntric (CCCB) and Centre d’Art Santa Monica in Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo and La Casa Encendida in Madrid, the Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe and the S(8) Peripheral Film Festival in Coruña, the Sitges Film Festival and Cinema Jove de Valencia.

His first short, Súper 8 (1996), was chosen to form part of the travelling cycle “From Ecstasy to Rapture. 50 Years of Alternative Spanish Film”, organized by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, and was shown at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), Anthology Film Archives (New York), the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), Tiff Cinematheque (Toronto), Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver), the National Film Archive in Prague, the Jeu de Paume (Paris) and the Tate Modern (London), to name just a few venues. It now forms part of the Xcèntric Archive collection.



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