Caroline Koebel’s Chick Strand Document also screens on December 21, 2013, as part of New Experimental Works at Other Cinema!
Chick Strand Document (2013) by Caroline Koebel
The Chick Strand short has a story. I was looking for some old document in my box of papers and came across this “bio” she had written for me when I invited her to UCSD. Upon re-reading it (after a lapse of many years), I was dumbfounded by what a significant artifact it was and felt like in the past I hadn’t properly appreciated it. Breaking free of the reality that at the precise moment of rediscovery I had no time on my hands and no space for imaginative play, I immediately started working with it, I was compelled, the presence of Chick was too inviting to respond in any other way than with absolute conviction.
You have re-discovered such an inspiring document. It is not that I want to BE Chick Strand but rather that I would like to be able to sense the fragility and the rhythm of my own life with even 12% of the insight she had at that moment. So wonderful that she understood that life is not a series of new events but rather a shimmering repetition of spinning cycles.
Thank you for this. I knew Chick. And Marty..NEON. Chick was my teacher. In the basement of Thorne Hall, halfway below ground level, she showed us films on a 16mm projector, sat beside it, smoking Marlboros she’d smuggled into the US from her summers in San Miguel de Allende. She wore ponchos, braids, sandals. She showed me how to pay attention. How incredible editing is. And the humanity…always looking for the kind way of seeing. And she trained her German shepherd to come when she whistled Beethoven’s 5th. What a lucky dog. Like me.