County of Production
Friends with Johnny Kline
This found footage project takes the form of four experimental films surrounding the mystery of the titular character. Rather than overtly appearing in each film, Johnny Kline is more a summation of the evils within the film as a whole: he is a monstrosity of cinema. By composing fragmented narratives and drawing on an array of found materials the films of Johnny Kline form a visceral and furious passage through the underbelly of found-footage cinema, where Kline is both a master of ceremonies and a spectre behind and betwixt each frame.
"Friends with Johnny Kline is made up entirely of archive material in which innocuous, familiar images of public or communal life are set in opposition to illicit sequences that delve into the realm of the private, the sexual, the calamitous, and the criminal. In every instance there appears to be a degree of heightened performance for the camera and the film’s emotional register sits close to the surface. Kavanagh frequently obscures his images or has objects pass in front of them so it comes to feel like we are looking through a keyhole, or peering from inside Dorothy Vallens’ closet. Cinema appears here as a fully heterogeneous space, a space which “can contain all galaxies and forms of life, even ones we can sense but can’t fully comprehend”’. (Text by Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick.
Sourced from here on September 12th 2016)