American Falls


American Falls by Phil Solomon
October 30 – December 15, 2015

Closed:  November 11 – 15 & November 25- 29
IDEA Space

American Falls is an immersive, large-scale film triptych that presents an impressionistic journey through American history, using Niagara Falls as both a metaphoric and visual backdrop. Combining chemically degraded film images with computer graphics, filmmaker Phil Solomon traces the nation’s history, combining archival footage of historical benchmarks, such as the fall of presidents, the Great Depression, Amelia Earhart’s flight, the civil rights struggle, with clips from American cinema. Cinematic references include scenes from films featuring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Busby Berkeley dance numbers, and Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood.

Sponsored by The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund



Opening Reception | Reception and Artist Talk by Phil Solomon 
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM
IDEA Space

A professor of film history and production at the University of Colorado-Boulder since 1991, Phil Solomon is an internationally recognized filmmaker and scholar.  His work has been screened in every major venue for experimental film throughout the United States and Europe, including three one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art and inclusion in two Whitney Biennials. His films have won 10 first-prize awards at major international film festivals for experimental film, and his work is held in the permanent collections of several major museums.

Sponsored by the Mellon Foundation: Arts in the Liberal Arts: Artist-in-Residence grant.






Lunch + Lecture | A talk by Phil Solomon
Wednesday, December 12, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Bemis Great Hall, Bemis Hall

Reservations required.

Filmmaker Phil Solomon will discuss his career in experimental film and examine his three-channel video installation, American Falls in the context of his previous work. Solomon will explore ideas of history, Hollywood, found footage, experimental processes, and non-linear storytelling.

Sponsored by the Mellon Foundation: Arts in the Liberal Arts: Artist-in-Residence grant