Tony Conrad Completely In The Present

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Third Man Records | Cass Corridor
Sunday, June 5th, 2016
Doors 6 PM,
Screening 7 PM
>>Tickets available at Third Man Records | Cass Corridor and

Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Tyler Hubby and producer Paul Williams

Straight from its world premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Third Man Records Cass Corridor presents the second-ever screening of Tyler Hubby's radical new documentary, 'Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present.'

"Tony Conrad has slowly been emerging from avant-gardist obscurity over the past few years, and about time. His multifold career — as experimental film- and video-maker, composer, musician and sound artist — still looks radical and prescient a half-century after it began."
– New York Times, Sept. 2012

'Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present' is an unusual, non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator Tony Conrad.

The late Tony Conrad is one the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains criminally underappreciated. Since the early 1960s, his 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. As an educator and collaborator he has inspired many artists working today.

Utilizing intimate footage of Tony shot over the last two decades as well as his own archive of recordings and films, 'Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present' mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical 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, bare light bulbs, unusual shirts, dangerously homemade contraptions, and of course the ever unpredictable Tony Conrad himself facilitate this. The non-linear structure allows Tony to free associate his streams of consciousness while the sound and visuals do their utmost to keep up – ultimately revealing Tony's honest, humane way of navigating a remarkable, creative life.

Co-presented with Babaluma and Media City Film Festival
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