David Leister films
David Leister is an established filmmaker who has been an active member of the film community in London since 1983, and he regularly assists other artists with the presentation of their film work with his celebrated 16mm looping system. He has over a dozen films in distribution with LUX that are regularly included in experimental film programmes and festivals both in the UK and in Europe. He has an extensive 16mm archive of discarded educational and information films from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, which formed the basis for The Kino Club, his platform for combining improvised film and music in an informal cabaret-club setting, with David Leister as host and projectionist.
Windup 16mm, B&W, 12'18" (1985)
The film refers to early silent cinema, both in its animated approach to movement and in its antiquated printing and processing techniques... The action is at times superceded by the textures as if the 'plot' were merely an excuse to allow these bits of dust, plastic, and pattern to pass through the gate of a projector and on to a screen.
Faith Triumphant 16mm, B&W, 3 minutes (1989)
Religious found footage is reprinted, stretched and pulverised past the gate of a projector, while accompanied by a church organ soundtrack. An ominous film..
Elvis x 52 16mm, Colour, 3 mins (2002)
'Elvis x 52' is a collaborative homage from David Leister (film) and John Wynne (sound) to mark the 25th anniversary of the King's untimely departure. Deal 'em out - I feel lucky tonight!
Medicine Box 16mm, B&W, 10'30", (2004)
Sound John Wynne
Resembling a lost educational film, Medicine Box draws attention to the repeated cycle of medical ingestion and how a small pill can have such a large effect on the human body. A film about instruction, seduction and destruction.
Headgear 16mm, B&W, 6 mins (2002)
'Headgear' deals with the symmetry of sound and image in opposition to the symmetry of the brain. The focal point is a relatively crude and inexact method of measurement for the highly complex mechanism of the brain. Sound and image strive to reflect the limited knowledge we have gleaned from this inexact science.