POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (September 16, 2004) — On Saturday evening October 9, The Floating Cinema, a 40-foot barge transformed into a massive outdoor movie screen, will dock by the shore of downtown Poughkeepsie's Waryas Park, for a showing of three lush silent films about the Hudson River. Presented by the arts organization Minetta Brook, and co-sponsored by Vassar College and Marist College, Peter Hutton's three films about the mighty Hudson will be broadly visible to pedestrians, picknickers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike, as well as from nearby vessels. The screenings will run from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m, and refreshments will be served. [RAIN DATE: Sunday October 10. To confirm, call the Vassar College Office of Campus Activities (845) 437-5370.]
"Minetta Brook's new program, Watershed: The Hudson Valley Art Project, was developed in partnership with twenty arts, environmental, and educational organizations in the Hudson River Valley, and builds on our common mission to broaden audiences for contemporary art in the Hudson River Valley," said Diane Shamash, director of Minetta Brook. "Waryas Park and the Hudson backdrop will provide a wonderful public setting to experience Peter Hutton's recent films, which tap the deeply physical and spiritual presence of the river."
The Floating Cinema will feature a major new film by Hutton, "Two Rivers," as well as two of his earlier films about the Hudson:
– TWO RIVERS (2003) was commissioned by Minetta Brook as part of Watershed: The Hudson Valley Art Project, and was inspired by the third voyage of Henry Hudson in his failed quest to discover the trade route to the Great China Sea in 1609. "Mr. Hutton shifts from New York to China, a dramatic rupture marked not only by the change from the familiar wooded palisades to majestic, sharp-shouldered, deeply cleft mountains, but also by a change in color." (Nancy Princenthal, The New York Times, 5/11/03)
– STUDY OF A RIVER (1997) "meditates on the Hudson, unfolding as a series of muted, beautifully composed shots of the river during different seasons and times of date, framed by trees or viewed from bridges or boats…this quietly effective work suggests the river flows on, bringing meaning and solace, whatever course life takes." (Roberta Smith, The New York Times, 9/25/03)
– TIME AND TIDE (2000) "expands the stunning vision of Study of a River in several ways. First, it begins with a short film produced in 1903, Down the Hudson, which depicts a voyage up the Hudson–from Haverstraw through the Hudson Highlands to Newburg–using time-lapse shooting. Hutton's recycling of this early film connects his film with the history of cinematic depictions of the Hudson and it creates a particularly dramatic context for what follows: Hutton's typically serene evocation of the river in long, continuous shots made from various boats and barges voyaging up and down the river. (Scott MacDonald, Watershed Journal, No. 1, 2002)
Peter Hutton's films have been exhibited internationally at such museums as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Hutton is the chairman of the film department at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
Minetta Brook is a non-profit arts organization based in New York City and Beacon, New York that presents public art projects, exhibitions, publications and discussions designed to strengthen the relationship between contemporary artists and communities throughout New York State. [CONTACT: Diane Shamash, Director, Minetta Brook, (212) 431-7165]
The Floating Cinema is the creation of Jon Rubin, and is produced by Cinema Events Group, Inc., a not-for-profit organization. The Floating Cinema has presented the film work of Jon Rubin and other filmmakers and artists for over 20 years.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.