-fade in: close up: Queens College emblem
-Discimus ut Serviamus fades in (centered) in red lettering (italic & bold)
-title card (centered, black and white) “KINO PRAVDA by ________)
-screen spins; reveals red screen with English translation; “We Learn . . .”
-fades in: students walking through archway conversing
-left side pulls in screen; lady sitting on benches. Camera pans out across lawn; Archway seen in distance
-pink screen appears. Animation transition is an ‘X’ design. Text appears in black lettering; “Queen’s College . . .”
-still photo; Jefferson Hall
-bottom pulls up screen; orange back drop. Text appears in black lettering: “Since then . . .”
-sides (right and left) pull in screen; black back drop. Text appears in white lettering: “We Learn So . . .”
-text rolls upwards
-Animation transition is a diamond shape; red back drop. Text in white lettering: “The author who is . . .”
-right side pulls in; Community Interview clip
-left side pulls in; blue back drop. Text appears in white lettering (quote): “Whether we . . .”
-still photo; students enjoy campus
-right side pulls in; lighter blue back drop. Quote continues
-top pulls down; lighter blue back drop. Quote concludes
-no Animation transition. Observational Documentary clip
-new screen appears from center and continues outwards till completely covered. Observational Documentary clip
-sides (right and left) pull in screen; green back drop. Text effects: transparent strip goes through the text. Text appears in white lettering: “Mottos have the ability to . . .”
-fades in; purple back drop. Text appears from right side in white lettering: “Andrew Stables once said that . . .”
-continuation of quote goes on a second slide, still the same color. Text effect is the same used for clip 2. Text appears in center in white lettering (all caps): “Positive . . .”
-left side pulls in; Observational Documentary clip
-sides (right and left) pull in screen; Community Interview Clip
-top pulls down; panoramic view of archway(s). Caption fades in on bottom of screen in white lettering: “The Queens College Motto can be seen . . .”
-grey screen appears. Animation transition is that same used for clip 7. Text effect is similar to that used for clip 20. Text appears in black lettering: “The metaphorical aspect . . .”
-view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from the quad. Relates to the information is clip 26 (above)
-screen spins out of view; dark pink back drop. Text effects: to transparent bars com from both sides. Text appears in large black lettering: “In the years since it’s founding . . .”
-screen gets pulled in diagonally from left top to right bottom; darker pink screen. Text appears centered in large black lettering: “much like the . . .”
-still photo; the archway with the Queens College motto. Photo pans out
-screen turns inwards and disappears in center; dark grey back drop. Text fades in center in white lettering: “Discimus ut Serviamus . . .”
-screen appears from center circle; black back drop. Text appears center with light blue transparent bar going through it and in white lettering: “Our motto and the archway . . .”
-text stays on for a few seconds after screen disappears. New screen pulled in from left side. Still photo of students at Freshman Orientation. Photo holds for about 6 seconds. Final image

Program Notes:

Kino Pravda (2010) is the third directorial effort by college student Mathias Kranacher. It is the final part in a semester’s long trilogy following Observational Documentary (October 6, 2010) and Community Interview (October 20, 2010). The film features a selected art piece on the CUNY Queen’s College campus. Coming in at 7 minutes long, the film was shot on location over the course of three days during the fall of 2010 and commanded the most work out of the trilogy.

The title of the film plays off the Dziga Vertov concept of “Film Truth.” The term originated in the 1920’s when Verotv coined it to help express his beliefs on cinema. The term “Film Truth” refers to the ‘human eye’ being inferior to the ‘cinema eye’ and that cinema can capture the essence of real life better then a human eye can. The art piece is placed above a pathway where most students wouldn’t think to look, further supporting Vertov’s claim that the ‘cinema eye’ is better equipped than the ‘human eye.’

The artwork in question is an archway located along Kissena Blvd. that carries the universities motto: Discimus ut Serviamus, or what it more literal translates to We Learn In Order That We May Serve. The motto has been in place since the 1930’s when Queen’s College was founded. FYI: Queen’s College use to serve as a boy’s reformatory.

Kranacher makes it a point early on to introduce the motto but then leaves it unexplained until the end, something I both admired and questioned. I liked that he left a cliffhanger early on; feedback from student praised it saying “it makes the viewer want to keep watching to learn what these words mean.” But why didn’t he explain it all in one segment? Was a cliffhanger really his intention?

The opening starts off slow, giving time to introduce the art piece to the audience and then gradually picks up some momentum with the help of text support and bright colors, something Kranacher hasn’t used in his last two films.

Like the two previous entries, the main point involves the art work. This time: the art work is in jeopardy of being torn down and it’s up to Kranacher to convince the school that it’s important to the community and it should stay. As the film continues, we see parts of Kranacher’s last two films incorporated in, helping support his main idea.

Overall, the sometimes shaky camera work, the mixture of bright colors and the underlining message that school needs the arts, made for a film that’s not worth of the jump to the head of the class, but a film that nevertheless convinced me into saving art. Kranacher’s Kino Pravda made for a great conclusion to his art trilogy.

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One Response to “Kino Pravda”

  1.   Kevin Prunty Says:

    I like how you make it know that the most important part of this art is the words “We learn so we may serve”. I think by making these words part of your opening scene it makes the viewer want to keep watching to learn what these words mean.

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