This spring, David Domingo, one of
Spain’s most important underground filmmakers, embarks on his first U.S. tour,
organized by Los Angeles Filmforum.
He is presenting his unique super-8 films in super-8mm. Domingo, aka Stanley Sunday lets his imagination run
wild and exposes his own fantastic universe through a highly iconoclast and
hilarious associative cascade. His personal imagery includes a series of
popular artifacts and icons such as Disney films, Michael Jackson, picture-card
albums, comic-book superheroes, and cassette.
There is also a homoerotic imagery
and a series of recurring motifs with an explicit sexual symbology, such as the
phallic Frankfurt Weiner, which has become his trademark. By combining
footage taken from classic films or B-movies with his own shootings, and
abstract moments with life-action scenes played by his own “star-system”, David
Domingo deconstructs normal hierarchies and cause-effect approaches in order to
generate a continuous flow of images which create surprising and enigmatic
Here are the details:
What: David Domingo: A Super 8 Odyssey.
David Domingo in person from Spain!
When: Sunday April 24, 2016, 7:30 pm.
Where: At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los
Angeles CA 90028
Tickets: $10 general;
$6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Available in advance
from Brown Paper Tickets at http://daviddomingo.bpt.me or at the door.
A Super 8 Odyssey: A program of David Domingo’s splendorous
Super 8 films
– “Súper 8″ (Super 8) (1996,
color, sound, 7:44)
acelerada” (The Speedy Mansion) (1997, b&w, sound, 10 min.)
meriendas” (Breakfast and Snacks) (2002, color, sound, 7 min.)
centellas” (What the…!) (2004, color, sound, 3:52)
sudorosa” (Sweaty Movie) (2009, color/b&w, sound, 18 min.)
-“A Movie that Portrays the Wonders of the World as Seen Through the Eyes of
a Cat” (Disney Attraction Highlights Nº 1) (2009, color/b&w, sound, 5 min.)
(aka Stanley Sunday, aka Davidson) was born in Valencia in 1973. He is
currently based in Barcelona. Through 18 short films, 3 feature-length videos
(including his personal vision of Disney´s “Bambi and The Exorcist.
The Musical”), plenty of music videos for independent bands, crazy live
performances of Super 8 and 16 mm screenings, and his quinquennial fanzine “One
day in the life of Jonas Mekas”, he has become one of the main underground film
makers in Spain. In his early days
he just used a VHS camera and player to make remakes, found footage films and
homemade short films starred by his sister and grandmother. However, he soon
turned to Super8, the format most of his work is filmed on. He shows a deep knowledge of
avant-garde and experimental film tradition, paying homage to the films by
Bruce Conner, Andy Warhol, Iván Zulueta, Kenneth Anger or the Kuchar Brothers
through quotations and references.
broadening his horizons through the incursion in 16 mm filmmaking, more recently
he has started to use digital technology, which has enabled him to go beyond by
finding new textures and possibilities.
Domingo’s films have been screened and exhibited in some of the main museums,
art centers and film festivals in Spain, such as Xcèntric (the cinema of the
Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte
Reina Sofía, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo and La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Centro
Galego de Artes da Imaxe and S(8) Mostra de cine periférico in Coruña, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
of Catalonia or Valencia´s Festival Cinema Jove.
The program “A Super 8 Odyssey” shows his most
emblematic Super 8 films, starting with his acclaimed first short film, Super 8 (1996), which was chosen
as part of the traveling film program “From ecstasy to rapture. 50 years
of the other Spanish cinema”, curated by the Contemporary Culture Center
from Barcelona (CCCB), and screened at the ACMI (Australian Centre for the
Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia), Anthology Film Archives (NYC, USA),
National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Tiff Cinematheque (Toronto,
Canada), Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver, Canada), Národní filmový archiv in
Prague (Czech Republic), Jeu de Paume (Paris, France), Tate Modern (London,
UK), Wro Art Center (Wroclaw, Poland), or National Gallery of Art (Vilnius,
Lituania), amongst many other venues.