Forum Expanded

Once Every Day

"Once Every Day" is the first feature film in over 35 years by legendary avant-garde theater director Richard Foreman. Without a normal narrative "story," it zeroes in on a group of 14 people acting out a series of semi-ritualistic behavioral patterns, but their eccentric impulses are aborted again and again in unpredictable ways. As the film cuts between colored tableaus, bleached out action sequences, expressionistic black-and-white confrontations, and slow immersion in pure light, we repeatedly hear the voices of the director and his technicians, giving off-camera verbal instructions and comments to the characters. The film was shot in Buffalo, NY as a series of non-connected scenes with multiple performers over only 6 days, with 1 camera controlled by Mr. Foreman and 3 or 4 others free to film whatever was transpiring in each room where filming took place. It was then edited by Mr. Foreman for over a year into a time-mosaic of 're-formatted consciousness' – continuously shifting back and forth between evoking (and echoing) the 'art-making' process while sliding again and again into ecstasy and free-floating anxiety.

In 1981 Richard Foreman shot Strong Medicine, His director of photography back then: Babette Mangolte. After the screening of Once Every Day, the two filmmakers will speak about Foreman’s return to the cinema, his film and theater work and their collaborations. 

Screening of Once Every Day (Richard Foreman, USA 2012, 64 min) 

Panelists: Richard Foreman (New York, Forum Expanded 2013)
 and Babette Mangolte (New York, Forum Expanded 2013)

Moderator: Anselm Franke (Forum Expanded, curator)


  • Past
    Mon 11.2.2013, 20:30 / HAU1


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