M+B is pleased to announce the screening of The Milky Way
Screening of The Milky Way
Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6 – 8 pm
Screening begins at 7:00 pm
M+B is pleased to announce the screening of Christopher Richmond’s new film, The Milky Way. Please join us August 21 from 6 to 8 pm; the screening will begin promptly at 7 pm and run time is one hour.
In Christopher Richmond’s newest film, The Milky Way, an unnamed humanoid figure encounters an array of characters living on the margins of society who share their thoughts, impassioned soliloquies, and beliefs about the world. It has a round, placid face with deep-set eyes that appear to indicate intelligence. It is made of concrete that has solidified and hardened over time, but it is also very clearly a special effect. It is an analog effect that reflects back on both the apparatus of the camera and on celluloid film’s concrete and illusive qualities. It is an analog inside the analog. A silent figure that represents a series of figures that have appeared throughout cinematic history but generally stand for the absence of language. It is a symbol of silence. There is a good deal of talking around it but it remains quiet and all seeing. Traveling by car through a myriad of landscapes, from the natural habitats of the forest and desert, to the inner city of Los Angeles, The Milky Way’s off-kilter characters are brought together under circumstances that are in and of themselves a bit unusual. Something is amiss in this world. Travel seems to happen, but without a destination; it is like some sort of primordial wandering in the Western canon.
Christopher Richmond received his MFA from the Roski School of Art and Design in 2014. His film and photographic work, which explore narrative form and the fissure between story and discourse have been widely exhibited in galleries around the world, most recently at Mallorca Landings in Mallorca, Spain; Charlie James Gallery and Favorite Goods in Los Angeles; and Fotogalerie Wien in Vienna, Austria. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.