David Hollander is Co-Director of CineMarfa. He is a filmmaker, writer, and collector from Los Angeles, California. Along with partner Jennifer Lane, he has produced films for artists including Mathias Poledna, Stephen Prina, and Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman.
You just announced your line-up for CineMarfa 2015. What was the inspiration for making this year’s focus science fiction?
We see our programming at the CineMarfa film festival not as separate individual programs, but as one continuous program that unfolds over time and expands rhizomatically. An evolving dialogue about the nature of cinema.
So often we revisit certain ideas that we have established earlier in the conversation. Science Fiction, something we know and love dearly, has been explored in material we have previously screened, like Peter Watkins “Punishment Park”, or the films of Jordan Belson.
CineMarfa focuses on films made by visual artists rather than studios. What do you find unique about the artist-made film?
My partner Jennifer Lane and I have been producing artist-made films for the past 15 years. Part of the initial impetus for doing the festival was to screen in a single channel context films like the ones we produce, which rarely get seen outside of the museum or gallery context.
When did you meet Dustin Pevey? Do you own any of his work?
I’ve known Dustin since he moved to Marfa. We do own one beautiful painting of his. He is one of the brightest stars on the Marfa horizon.
Do you collect anything else?
In addition to collecting art, I do collect 16mm prints of artist-made films, with an emphasis on dada, surrealist, and visual music, and records. I also collect oceanic and aboriginal art, from Papua New Guinea and Australia.
What other projects are you working on at the moment?
The most recent project: Producing (and shooting) Mika Rottenberg‘s new film, which will be included in the 2015 Venice Biennale. I am also working on a book which surveys alternative spirituality in the US from the 60s to the 80s and is essentially a discography of new age music, so I am always listening to that stuff, which runs a gamut from mellow to strange.
What’s the art scene like in Marfa? There’s been a lot of hype lately.
Marfa has always attracted creative people. I don’t think its over-hyped – Marfa is as great as people hear it is. Obviously Judd was the groundbreaker but the scene now is more diverse…there are many different types of art and artists, and that’s a good thing.