Original Self

Original Self
A new work by Van McElwee
Friday, Mar. 28 – 7 pm
St. Louis Art Museum – Farrell Auditorium
Free to the public

HEARding Cats Collective presents the world premiere of Original Self, a new video work by St. Louisan Van McElwee, accompanied by music ensembles led by singer Debby Lennon. Three separate musical ensembles will interpret the fifteen-minute video in three different ways. “We recorded a parade of marchers with ten cameras,” McElwee says, “so that in editing I could create a procession that branches into multiple versions of itself, into clouds of variation.” McElwee is a recent Regional Arts Commission Fellow, and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow. His work has been shown extensively worldwide.

Original Self
A video shoot by filmmaker Van McElwee
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 – 9:30 am
Stacy Park (9750 Old Bonhomme Rd)
Admission: free

HEARding Cats Collective is proud to announce the shooting of a new video work entitled, Original Self, created by St. Louis filmmaker Van McElwee.  The video shoot begins at 9:30 am, and will feature a circular parade of performers (dancers, musicians, performance artists, and costumed troublemakers) filmed simultaneously from seven different video cameras.  The event is free and open to the public – who may be included as part of the video shoot as well!

St. Louis Filmmaker Van McElwee is currently a professor at Webster University’s School of Communications.  His work has been shown internationally for three decades and throughout multiple continents.  He recently was named a Guggenheim Fellow, and has received The American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, as well as 7 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.   McElwee will serve as artistic director for Original Self, directing performers to flow around the cameras to the cadence of percussionist Rich O’Donnell’s instruments.  The footage from the 7 video cameras will become precious raw material for a new film edited by McElwee and premiered during HEARding Cats Collective’s 2013-2014 season.