On Saturday night at the Sundance Next Fest at the Ace Hotel in downtown L.A., the noise band Health premiered a new short-film collaboration with the 80-year-old video editor and designer Pablo Ferro.
Ferro is one of film's most recognizable yet clandestine figures. His spindly, handwritten title cards introduced Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove," and his rapid-cut edits helped make its trailer just as hair-raising as the actual film.
That established a visual style - torrents of text, flash-frames and split screens - he continued in his work on "Clockwork Orange," "The Thomas Crowne Affair" and dozens of other films made all the more unnerving by his design and editing experiments. The match proved to be an uncanny, intergenerational fit for Health, which had long admired his work and been influenced by his visual style in their own music videos.
The band's Jake Duzsik and John Famiglietti sat down with Ferro and The Times for a joint interview at Ferro's studio in the San Fernando Valley, where they discussed his decades of visual invention and how it led to their new short film, a visually bracing compilation of live footage, startling edits and hand-drawn design work from Ferro.
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