15 January 2014

Best of 2013: #6. Turning (Charles Atlas)

#6. Turning. d. Charles Atlas. Denmark/USA.

Charles Atlas’ Turning is a three-in-one triumph: a concert film, consisting of footage from a 2006 European tour that Charles Atlas and Antony Hegarty crafted together, which featured a diverse collection thirteen female artists, hand-picked song-by-song by Hegarty to pose on a spinning platform as Antony and the Johnsons performed, beside a screen of Atlas’ stunning, live-edited collages of the turning women; a behind-the-scenes exposé, which provides a charming look at Hegarty chatting with these thirteen women, all of whom inspired the singer in some way, as they share stories of their personal journeys; and an experimental video art piece, highlighting the magnificent collages that Atlas created of the women with his three cameras. Featuring performance artist Kembra Pfahler of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Johanna Constantine, a frequent collaborator of Atlas’, Turning was easily the best new film I saw at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco back in July.

During the Q&A at Frameline, Atlas said the film would be available streaming and on video in the near future. No release date has been set.

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