Joseph Bernard

Posting #26

Posted on January 16, 2021

An hour of silence permeates Amsterdam public television.



Image: The Detroit Films (Reel #2)  1985


An hour of my (silent) super-8 films were recently broadcast on Dutch Public Television - a first in The Netherlands I’m told - and something not likely to happen in the U.S. The 12/31/2020 show was programed by founder of the zapruder art movement, filmmaker and host of The Screening Room, Ronald Bijleveld. I’m beholden to Ron for his efforts in organizing and directing the annual Atrabilious Amsterdam Experimental Film Festival and his support of my work.

I understand this 60-minute program will continue to be shown in rotation once a month throughout the year, and is also available online through Video On Demand. The following shared note contains a link to view the complete broadcast on the SALTO1 channel. 

> Dear Joseph

> i hope you are well and i wish you the very best  of the world in 2021. this is the link to the online version ,that  is normally watched around 190,000 times. and last night and was teh screening looked amazing iam trying to get it screened this night to, but it will be in carousel so every month 1 time on tv , the people who are connected are 3.7 million but we found out we got an take from around 200,000 people but maybe more now…

> Warm greetings from Amsterdam

> Ronald Bijleveld

> The zapruder art movement


Thank you again Ron, appreciate all the work you put into this!  -Joe


Posting #24

Posted on March 08, 2020

Six of my films screened in Amsterdam international festival


Image: Icon  1978

On the 5th, 6th and 7th of March the 6th edition of Atrabilious Amsterdam Experimental Film Festival will take place; an international experimental film fest with 26 filmmakers and more than 70 short films. The festival has in recent years gained cult status within the range of experimental film, put together by the Zapruder Art Movement. This year's focus will be on radical and poetical, and the festival will be in collaboration with the Istanbul Experimental Film Festival.

On all three days, filmmakers will be present for Q&As. On Saturday March 7, live experimental noise music will be played in the foyer by the duo fffjpg (Libanon/Italy). In addition, there will be a video installation by Laurent Grappe in the foyer, called The boat, in which he follows a young African refugee on his journey through Europe, but even more it's about why he flees to Europe.

Zapruder Art Movement/aka Ronald Bijleveld, festival director, wrote the above and selected the following program of my films:

Icon   1978

White Film   1978

Ritual   1979

Splices for Sharits   1980

620 Commercial   1980

Intrigues V   1981





Posting #22

Posted on December 22, 2018

 IMPERFECTIONS - an interview



Early in October 2018, I received a request from a highly regarded, former student of mine, Scott Northrup, now teaching video classes in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies. He asked if a crew of his students could interview me as fulfillment for a short documentary assignment. I agreed and mid-month, met the five young filmmakers, each with a specific responsibility, at my home studio.  [Irish Jurvis; director, Jed Kogler; cinematography & edit, Maria Leenders; lighting, James Pyrce; sound recording, and Matt Pfeffer; interviewer]. Each also had to produce an edited personal version from all the gathered material, but only one would be judged best. This added a competitive real-world edge.

I was given permission to share the winning video, IMPERFECTIONS, by Jed Kogler, (one of his many accomplished works available on Vimeo, under the name, ‘Darxinema’). This brief, 3 1/2 minute portrait/interview compliments my own films through its rhythmic fluidity and compressed relationship - - and that is very much appreciated. It can be viewed by clicking here. Thank you Jed and crew! 


Posting #19

Posted on May 29, 2017

Activities Past, Present & Upcoming

Following are a number of miscellaneous events that have either just taken place or are about to, in various locations.

Eye_reels_04Film still from “Eye Reels”, 1980


My work was recently curated by Duo Strangloscope (Cláudia Cardenas & Rafael Schlichting) into Super-8 film festivals in Curitiba, Brazil and Valparaiso, Chile, 2017.

The spring issue (#3) of Found Footage Magazine, a printed film journal published in Spain (In both English & Spanish; César Ustarroz, Editor-in-Chief) reproduced a film still from “Eye Reels”, 1980.

Light Movement presented “The Outskirts of a Dreamed Map” — a James Edmonds / Petra Graf curated program, in Athens, Greece on May 26, 2017. My film “Drawings on Africa”, 1981, was included. For a full program of the show; click here.

Mike Gubbins, of Nashville, re-edited, added original music, moments of color and digital tiling to my b&w “The Function of Film”, 1982. It can be seen here on YouTube. 

“36 Love Letters to Super-8” is being published as a bi-lingual zine-book in conjunction with the 8th Annual Film Festival in  A Coruña, Spain, May 31 - June 4, 2017. I’m proud to have been invited to write one of those letters.

On June 3, 2017, the Oslo, Norway MUSIKKFEST will feature the work of composer/ musician Simon Gore. Among his compositions is the sound version of “White Film”, 1978, which will be screened that night.



Drawings_on_africaFilm still from “Drawings on Africa”, 1981



Posting #17

Posted on March 03, 2017

PRISMATIC MUSIC series of screenings closes in London

The final program of PRISMATIC MUSIC is scheduled for March 30, 2017 at CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE in London, England. This show is under the auspices of Brand New Blinkers; co-founded by Jack Wormell and Andy Sowerby. 




Over the past two years, these solo screenings have generated a positive response to the small, silent works in this Blu-ray collection. The scheduling and presentations have been uniquely curated for each venue with running times ranging between 70-90 minutes.

I’m grateful to the programmers in England, Spain and numerous American cities who’ve made these screenings possible.  

Posting #16

Posted on October 03, 2016


Following recent group shows in London, England and Curitiba, Brazil, I'd like to share news of my third show in Spain -- a solo in the city of Santander at the Filmoteca De Cantabria. Below is their beautiful theatre. Additional information can be found on the blogs: Cineinfinito #4 and Experimental Cinema. My thanks to both Felix Garcia and Marcos Ortega for their inspired dedication to film and ongoing support of my work.