Mixed Tapes

Among the special events, Armond White will be back with his analysis of form and politics in recent music videos. The premiere of the Wooster Group's video version of its production of O'Neill's The Emperor Jones will be followed by a discussion with director Elizabeth LeCompte, video maker Chris Kondek, and actor Kate Valk, who gave her most extraordinary performance in the title role.

Confession, a new four-and-a-half-hour piece by Alexander Sokurov based on the diary of a Russian submarine captain, was unavailable for preview. The title itself, never mind the length, is daunting, but given Sokurov's track record, it could be a masterpiece.

Billy Joe revisited: Kelly Reichardt's Ode
photo courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Billy Joe revisited: Kelly Reichardt's Ode


'New York Video Festival'
At the Walter Reade
July 16 through 22

In the closing-night slot is Love Diamond, Miranda July's solo, defiantly low-tech multimedia performance. July plays several of her stranger-in-a-strange-land characters, most of whom favor bubble wigs and are afflicted with mysterious, scary ailments. The medicalization of women's bodies is a major theme. At the least, July is a refreshing performer, but it's also possible that she'll emerge as the festival's discovery of the year.

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