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The Curse of Johnny Kline (2D)

Dean Kavanagh

2015

Ireland

N/A

Short

Structural, Erotic

ProRes422HQ, Quicktime

English

00:12:07:00

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 a vast 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.

The latest materialist gesture in cinema's dematerialisation- uncompromising alter-ego Johnny Kline returns in the form of found and partially destroyed early 20th century pornography and found material depicting domestic scenes. Always inappropriate in his re-appropriation of found materials Kline brings the private and public realms together in the creation of a drive-in cinema and a child's discovery of a satan-worshipping cult. A marriage of Messe Noire (1928) and the Irish landscape captured from various formats including 16mm through a custom-designed telecine apparatus and finished in an anaglyph 3D process, The Curse of Johnny Kline stands alone in contemporary Irish underground cinema.

Dean Kavanagh

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