THE EXTRAVAGANT SHADOWS makes Film Comment’s top ten list of 2012 films without distributors


For those of you who were lucky enough to make it to the Biddle Rare Book Room in Perkins Library on Friday, November 30th, Thinking Cinematics (previously Cinema Studies Series) at Duke University presented a new work of digital cinema by filmmaker, AMI lecturing fellow and Duke artist in residence David Gatten. This was the North Carolina premier of The Extravagant Shadows, and the work’s third screening to date–only following a public screening at The 50th New York Film Festival and a press screening in Los Angeles.

Since the initial screening, The Extravagant Shadows has been received with critical favor. Blaire McClendon of the Film Society of Lincoln Center says, “Gatten’s new film is a beautiful discourse on language, color, time and mise-en-scène…Perhaps the avant-garde cannot stage interventions in the local multiplex, but the revolution can be screened.”

The 2012 International Critics Poll conducted by Film Comment has placed The Extravagant Shadows ninth on the list of 50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012. Gatten’s work is situated among Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, Alan Berliner’s First Cousin Once Removed, Ying Liang’s When Night Falls and Wang Bing’s Three Sisters.

For the complete “Best-of-2012” lists and respective poll participants, visit or grab a copy of the January/February 2013 issue of Film Comment.

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