Maurits Wouters’s experimental documentary The Movement of Phill Niblock has been invited to FIDMarseille, the International Film Festival of Marseille (30 June – 6 July). The film has its world premiere as part of the First Films programme.

The Movement of Phill NiblockThe film is a portrait of drone-based composer, structural filmmaker and New York 1960s icon/curator Phill Niblock. Niblock was one of the personal photographers of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, worked in the Judson Dance Theatre and shot films for Yvonne Rainer. On his 60th birthday, Sonic Youth did a performance in his loft. Wouters’s film sets out to provide a portrait of the crumbling counterculture.

The filmmaker worked on the project for four years, filming not only in New York but also in Lausanne (Switzerland); Brussels, Ghent and Herzele (Belgium); and Paris and Caen (France). In creating a portrait of Niblock, Wouters also aims to capture the zeitgeist of downtown Manhattan in the 1960s and 1970s, using the medium of the time: 16mm film, a period-specific grading heavy on contrast, with stately camera movements.

FIDMarseille presents a diverse annual programme of around 130 films to approximately 23,000 spectators in venues throughout the city. The Festival is recognized as a source of new cinema, both documentary and fiction.

Published on Monday 8 June 2015

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