Jeff Preiss
Union Gaucha Productions

Discussion Documentation
Thursday, November 19, 7pm

Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street

This video documents the discussion, between Jeff Preiss, Karin Schneider and Nicolás Guagnini, that followed the three screenings.

Filmmaker Jeff Preiss's long-term engagement with Union Gaucha Productions (Nicolás Guagnini and Karin Schneider) has encompassed the production of collaborative work, as well as sharing with Guagnini and Schneider an involvement in the co-operative exhibition space Orchard, which operated in the Lower East Side of New York between 2005 and 2008. This evening of screenings and conversation between the three artists, dedicated to Preiss's work, draws on these exchanges among others and includes the presentation of three films: the early 8mm film Boy Town (1987); Twins (2001), a 16mm film produced by Guagnini and Schneider with Preiss; and the premiere screening in 24fps HD video of Part 1 of STOP (2012), Preiss's feature-length chronicle distilled from footage shot between 1995 and 2011.

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Jeff Preiss is a filmmaker living in New York. During the eighties he became involved in the production of experimental cinema; work from this time was included in Big as Life, a History of 8mm at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1998. Through much of the eighties he was co-director of the pioneering Lower East Side Film series Films Charas.

In 1984 he traveled to Berlin to shoot the Rosa Von Praunheim produced vampire film, Der Bis. In 1987, Preiss was invited by photographer Bruce Weber to be Director of Photography on a series of short films and two feature documentaries, Broken Noses and Let’s Get Lost — the latter winning the Venice Film Festival Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. After three years of collaborating with Weber, Preiss’ film career began to include directing commercials and music videos (clips for Iggy Pop, Malcolm McLaren, REM, B52s, Mariah Carey / Nike, Coke, Sony, etc) and in 2014 the feature film Low Down. In 1995 he became a partner at Epoch Films. During this period he continued to shoot experimental projects and completed a series of video installations in venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville Paris, Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam, MediaCity 2000 in Seoul Korea, and The Pompidou Center. Preiss was a founding member of the co-operatively run Lower East Side exhibition space Orchard and currently serves on the board of Light Industry.