Vincent Grenier
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REVERSE SHOT, "Shadows and Outlaws " The 12th edition of the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde by Genevieve Yue. Oct 2008

"With Vincent Grenier's Les Chaises (2008), the suspended moment is loosened and stretched, and like the wind that blows throughout, there's no sense of where it starts or stops. The HD views, which should quiet once and for all any remaining skeptics of the medium, are appropriately breathtaking; under the rustling leaves of a quiet afternoon subtle gradations of light and shadow, red and green, form. In one recurring shot, Grenier fixes on the vinyl surface of a red chair, inviting us to sit and get lost in the image. The mottled reds, seemingly endless in their variation, fill the screen, and become more than an image, more than just an abstract rendering of a commonplace object, but an experience of the sublime. In Grenier's hands, the HD camera becomes a tool for discovery, a way of seeing, an open path." --

Time Out "Onion Soup" on 20th Onion City Film Festival, Chicago. -- Ben Kenigsberg Issue 173: June 19, 2008.

..."Elsewhere, the emphasis is on film structure: Vincent Grenier's small but clever "Armoire" makes canny use of a video frame to delimit a bird's flight."...

Genevieve Yue in SENSES OF CINEMA, Observation in Progress , Views from the Avant Garde, 45th New York Film Festival.   Fall 2007.

..."The secret might have been the unassuming wonder of Vincent Grenier’s Armoire, a film in which a small bird expands the edges of the frame by hopping and fluttering about. As the frame responds to his light, unpredictable movements, it is at times rushing sideways or holding still, shrinking and stretched in every imaginable permutation. And yet the frame doesn’t always manage to capture or contain the bird, who in the end darts out of sight. It is as if he is the true filmmaker, directing the scene and, with his own star exit, deciding when to cut."...


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