The Eye of Amsterdam Super 8 U.S. Tour, with Jaap Pieters and Evan Lindorff-Ellery

The Eye of Amsterdam Super8 U.S. Tour, with Jaap Pieters and Evan Lindorff-Ellery

This is the inaugural U.S. tour showcasing the Super8mm films of Dutch filmmaker Jaap Pieters, coinciding with his screenings at Anthology Film Archives.

Pieters’ films are highly personal observations of his surroundings.  Limiting himself to the duration of the 3-minute Super 8 reel, he uses minimal equipment and editing.  Often filming from his apartment window, he may focus on unusual people seen on the street, or on recurring characters both known and unknown.  In the manner of a home screening, Pieters will be present at these shows to give commentary on his program, which will be selected at each individual show.  Bird and Lindorff-Ellery, both of Dense Reduction, will improvise accompaniment to the silent films, incorporating both musical and nonmusical sounds to interact with the visual environments presented in Pieters’ films.  Programs typically will run from 90 minutes to two hours.


Pieters has been taking photographs and making Super 8 films for the last three decades, and is a well-known presence in Europe. Beginning with his first solo program in Istanbul in 1997, he has shown regularly throughout virtually all corners of Europe, including on tours of Switzerland, Germany, and Spain, as well as in Paris, Athens, Copenhagen, and many more. He is also a fixture at IFF Rotterdam, and has shown at all manner of alternative venues along the way.  For slightly more information, visit

Dates below (note that some shows feature film and some are music only):

October 5 – New York – Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 10003(films only)

October 6 – New York – Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 10003 (films only)

October 9 – Brooklyn – Vaudeville Park, 26 Bushwick Avenue, 11211, 7 PM (music with Dense Reduction, w/ Ben Owen, Yellow Crystal Star, Anne Guthrie)

October 10 – Middletown Springs, VT – Dogstar Arts, 277 Spruce Knob Rd, 05757, 7 PM, donation (films, accompaniment w/ Evan Lindorff-Ellery)

October 12 – Boston – O’Brien’s Pub, 3 Harvard Avenue, 02134 (music with Dense Reduction, w/ Xela, Veiled, Abromiax, Double Awake), 8 PM/$7

October 13 – Boston – Spectacle, 128 Brookside, 02130 (films, accompaniment w/ Evan Lindorff-Ellery)

October 17 – Pittsburgh – Melwood Screening Room @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood, 15213, 7 PM (films, accompaniment w/ Evan Lindorff-Ellery)

October 18 – Pittsburgh – Mr. Roboto Project (music with Dense Reduction; films of Jaap Pieters)

October 19 – Toledo – Robinwood Concert House, 2564 Robinwood Ave, 43610, 9 PM  (films, accompaniment w/ Evan Lindorff-Ellery, with Matt De Gennaro accompanying his own films)

October 21 – Chicago – Cinema Borealis, 1550 N. Milwaukee, 60622  (films, accompaniment w/ Evan Lindorff-Ellery)

October 22 – Chicago – Enemy, 1550 N. Milwaukee, 60622 (music with Dense Reduction), 7 PM

October 25 – Madison – Good Style Shop (solo music)

October 26 – Madison – Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St, 53715 (films, solo accompaniment)

October 29 – Milwaukee – Mitchell Hall at UWM, Room B-91, 3203 N. Downer Avenue, 53211 (films, solo accompaniment)


About Travis Bird

New Orleans musician and writer
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