Gary Adlestein Characteristics




Gary Adlestein's work is experimental. His work tends to focus on the physical aspects of film including color, light and texture. His films seem to capture the whole visual makeup of an event, scene, occurrence or object. "My films tend to be either spontaneously shot, in-camera-edited, sync-sound (or silent) Super 8's often "about" places, nature, travel, friends and the everyday miracles of life ("The films ... reveal a wonderful sense of the qualities of the medium and an appreciation for capturing small, resonant moments." - Kathy Geritz), or they become 16mm, carefully scored and manipulated, optical printer works, always lyrical, sometimes ecstatically so." (Adlestein).

These films vary in length and subject, from an Amish man to a Pie Plate. The following quote compares the work of Adlestein to his peer and fellow filmmaker Jerry Orr: "Adlestein's, more concerned with imaging the body and physical world has been described as flowing "outside in", and Orr's, tending more towards visual/aural abstraction, moving "inside out."( Weis).

Adlestein is an innovator in experimental film, "In 1990, I discovered the affordable image manipulation potential of consumer video, especially its mixing, wiping and colorizing technology (like optical printing in real time). Since then I have been making tapes (using Hi-8 and recently, digital tape) specifically designed for projection, thereby carrying over something of the scale and attention to surface detail and texture that characterized my films.

"The most important aspect to Adlestein's approach to video is that it is irrefutably and defiantly filmic. ... It is sublimely tactile where most videos tend to be impersonally cool and hard. ..." - Albert Kilchesty. Finally, my experimental films/tapes are attempts to see something of Beauty and Truth not only with but - as Blake admonished - THROUGH the eye (film stock, tape, camera, printer, mixer, etc.) and to share this experience with the viewer." (Adlestein)


Gary Adlestein