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Basilica Screenings is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone. Basilica Screenings runs from June through October.

 

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM)

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM)

Thursday July 24 | 8 PM | $5-$10 Sliding Scale



THURSDAY, JULY 24, 8 PM
NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM), Salomé Lamas, 2012, 72 min
//  Salomé Lamas in person for Q&A! Introduction by Joana Pimenta //

Walter Benjamin states that History is where the singular crystallizes into a fixed whole – it is from this premise that we depart. I establish that the conversation (in this film) takes place in “no man’s land” i.e neither in my comfort zone, nor in Paulo de Figueiredo’s. Such premise should generate a feeling of dislocation for both parties. Initially, the location should be anonymous. Gradually, what is off-screen gains weight and the awareness of a time and a place is established. Nevertheless, it is still difficult to identify where we are. I would like to highlight the distinction between reporting (facts) and literature (imagination), without being too explicit. The difference between “literature” and “reportage” does not uphold; we believe in the documentary because it is made of “reportage”. We remove one or two fictional bricks and the wall of ‘authentic’ reality collapses. What is left is imagination, which imprints in our memory a real world that I try to describe artistically.

I tell Paulo that I want to tell the story of his life. He consents.

This can be a film about violence, but deep down, it’s a film about moments of human experience. It’s not about History as it is understood academically; these are fragments, jump cuts of a non-linear type.

What is authentic is the story that Paulo tells and the moment that happens between me and his breathing. It’s in this breathing that the documentary is built. It’s in this meeting point that the viewer should feel that he is tearing down the limit between fact and fiction. His sublime portrayal of cruelty, of the paradoxes of power and of the revolutions that dethroned him – only served to erect new bureaucracies, new cruelties and new paradoxes. His work as a mercenary lies on the space that exists between these two worlds.

Trauma is outside memory, outside history. It is (un)representable, unmemorable, and unforgettable. How can we know the trauma i.e. how can its impossibility to be represented be presented? And isn’t history an original container of trauma? The work of memory, and it’s memorial processes of transformation of time and space, of the politic, of the public and the private, of the nation and the family isn’t it a process of desire? 

– Salomé Lamas

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BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

By Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 8 PM
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, Estonia/France, 2013, 98 min.
// Ben Russell in person for Q&A! //
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Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort, A SPELL is a radical proposition for the existence of utopia in the present. The film follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life. We join him in the midst of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; in isolation in the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland; and during a concert as the singer and guitarist of a black metal band in Norway. Starring musician Robert AA Lowe (known for his intense live performances as LICHENS) in the lead role, A SPELL lies somewhere between fiction and non-fiction – it is at once a document of experience and an experience itself, an inquiry into transcendence that sees the cinema as a site for transformation.

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BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: COLONY OF LIGHT

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: COLONY OF LIGHT


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Programs I & II

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 8 PM
PROGRAMS I & II, Colony of Light
// All the artists will be present! //

The Colony of Light is a provisionally utopian collective of artists and filmmakers which first convened and collaborated in July 2013 at MoMA PS1, NYC. They reunite for a week residency at Basilica Hudson this August, where they will be collaborating on new work, and will present two public programs of films, videos, and performances. Each night will be an entirely different program of recent work by the Colony members: Basma Alsharif, Peter Burr, Bonnie Jones, Ted Kennedy, Jodie Mack, Xander Marro, Ben Russell, Jonathan Schwartz, Fern Silva, Ruth Somalo, and others, all of whom will be in attendance for discussion.

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The first iteration of the Colony was inspired by, and initiated around Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s film A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS (screening on Aug 9), exploring the themes of Utopia, collective living, and “dark optimism”.

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BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following thescreenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

Images courtesy of Superstudio, Ben Russell, and Colony of Light artists. quilt face 2harris2OPERSECUTED_6

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: DUSTY STACKS OF MOM: THE POSTER PROJECT

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: DUSTY STACKS OF MOM: THE POSTER PROJECT

Thursday August 28 | 8 PM | $5-$10 Sliding Scale

DUSTY_STACKS_OF_MOM_MATTETHURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 8 PM
DUSTY STACKS OF MOM: THE POSTER PROJECT, Jodie Mack, 2013, 41 min
with NEW FANCY FOILS, UNDERTONE OVERTURE, GLISTENING THRILLS, and LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE, total program runs 75 min.
//  Q&A via Skype with Jodie Mack!  //

Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, Dusty Stacks of Mom is an animated musical documentary that examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.

This collection of films questions the role of abstract animation in a post-psychedelic climate. Merch tables meet museum gift stores. The sublime meets Sublime the band. Rippling head shop tie dyes and dollar store gift bags form ebullient spectacles from resurrected dead capital and banal everyday objects.

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BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE PRECEDED BY BIM BAM BOOM

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE PRECEDED BY BIM BAM BOOM

Thursday July 17 | 8 PM | $5-$10 sliding scale

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 8 PM
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Marie Losier, 2011, 72 min
preceded by BIM BAM BOOM, Marie Losier, 2013, 12 min
// Marie Losier in person for Q&A! //

Highlighting the wacky while playing down the distasteful, Marie Losier’s playful profile of the English musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his second wife, Lady Jaye takes a lighthearted look at the things they did for love. – The New York Times

One of the best movies of 2012 – The New Yorker

Genesis P-Orridge has been one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. A link between the pre- and post-punk eras, he is the founder of the legendary groups COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV, all of which merged performance art with rock music. But that’s just the preamble to the story. Defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has redefined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of sexreassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye. It was the ultimate act of devotion, and Genesis’s most risky, ambitious, and subversive performance to date: he became a she in a triumphant act of artistic self-expression. This is a love story, and a portrait of two lives that illustrate the transformative powers of both love and art.

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BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY

Workingman’s Death | Black Moon | The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, preceded by Bim Bam Boom | No Man’s Land | Los Angeles Plays Itself

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BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

All films begin at 8 pm and are $5-10 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY

Thursday, July 3, 8 PM
WORKINGMAN’S DEATH, Michael Glawogger, Austria, 2005, 120 min
// Tribute Screening //

Thursday, July 10, 8 PM
BLACK MOON, Louis Malle, France, 1975, 100 min

Thursday, July 17, 8 PM
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Marie Losier, 2011, 72 min
preceded by BIM BAM BOOM, Marie Losier, 2013, 12 min.
// Marie Losier in person for Q&A! //

Thursday, July 24, 8 PM
NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM), Salomé Lamas, Portugal, 2012, 72 min
// Salomé Lamas in person for Q&A! Introduction by Joana Pimenta //

Thursday, July 31, 8 PM
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, Thom Andersen, 2003, 169 min
// Introduction by writer Colin Beckett //


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THURSDAY, JULY 3, 8 PM
WORKINGMAN’S DEATH, Michael Glawogger, Austria, 2005, 120 min
// Tribute Screening //
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Today’s manual laborers are no longer celebrated with hymns of praise. They must be content with encouraging one another that backbreaking work is better than no work at all. In the Ukraine, a group of men spend long days crawling through cramped shafts of illegal coal mines. Sulfur gatherers in Indonesia brave the smoky heat of an active volcano and the treacherous trip back down. Blood, fire and stench are routine for workers at a crowded open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria. Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal. Steelworkers in China fear they could be a dying breed. Five portraits of heavy manual labor, increasingly less visible in our technological 21st Century.

This is a tribute screening to the filmmaker, Michael Glawogger, who passed away on April 22, 2014 in Liberia, where he was planning his next film.


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THURSDAY, JULY 10, 8 PM
BLACK MOON, Louis Malle, France, 1975, 100 min
TRAILER

Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.


Marie-Losier8-Genesis-Jaye1THURSDAY, JULY 17, 8 PM
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Marie Losier, 2011, 72 min
preceded by BIM BAM BOOM, Marie Losier, 2013, 12 min.
// Marie Losier in person for Q&A! //
TRAILER

An intimate, affecting portrait of the life and work of groundbreaking performance artist and music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centered around the daring sexual transformations the pair underwent for their “Pandrogyne” project.

“Marie’s technique is very revolutionary…it’s like Fellini meets documentary. It’s a very new, radical way of making documentaries, and quite honestly, we think that what Marie does and the way she does it will be the template for the future. She is totally unique, very deep with a great sense of joy and emotions below her humor.” – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

“P-Orridge is revealed as an innate artist who inflects and illuminates every aspect of existence, high and low, exalted and humble, with a singular sensibility; Losier’s film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker


no man's landTHURSDAY, JULY 24, 8 PM
NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM), Salomé Lamas, Portugal, 2012, 72 min
// Salomé Lamas in person for Q&A! Introduction by Joana Pimenta //
TRAILER

Paolo, a mercenary, narrates and performs his own history, constructing a record which slowly reveals in its turns of phrase and mismatched events, a series of doubts and contradictions. He narrates his involvement as a hired killer for special military forces during the Portuguese colonial war, the part he played in the GAL (Antiterrorist Liberation Group), a death squad illegally established by the Spanish government to annihilate high officials of ETA, and his work as a mercenary for the CIA in El Salvador. Rather than being interested in affirming the veracity of the historical record or in proving an official narrative, No Man’s Land dwells in the present moment of witnessing, the space inhabited by the performance of a memory. – Joana Pimenta

No Man’s Land has screened widely at festivals including the Berlinale, FID Marseille, Viennale, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and elsewhere.


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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 8 PM
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, Thom Andersen, 2003, 169 min
// Introduction by writer Colin Beckett //
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“Newly remastered and reedited, Thom Andersen’s 2003 opus, Los Angeles Plays Itself traces the development and evolution of Los Angeles, ‘the most photographed city in the world’. Composed of hundreds of film clips drawn from a century of cinema with a voiceover that is both lucid and humorous, the film garnered broad critical acclaim and is considered one of the essential documentaries of the 2000s.” – Ann Arbor Film Festival

“It is with Los Angeles Plays Itself that Andersen synthesized a style fully adequate to his ambitions. His wide-ranging investigation into cinema’s uses of the city unfolds in a seamless montage and makes its claims in an unabashedly personal, somewhat unreliable register without diminishing their urgency. Andersen turns our attention to the people and events that the best-known visions of the city have overlooked, and to the overlooked visions that have captured such people’s lives.” – Colin Beckett, The Brooklyn Rail



AUGUST
FILM SCREENINGS PREVIEW

A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, with Russell in person for Q&A, COLONY OF LIGHT screenings with work by Basma Alsharif, Peter Burr, Bonnie Jones, Ted Kennedy, Jodie Mack, Xander Marro, Ben Russell, Jonathan Schwartz, Fern Silva, and Ruth Somalo, with all artists present.

Works courtesy of the artists, Laura Coxson/Janus Films, and Paulo Barata/O SOM E A FÚRIA.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE

Physical Cosmologies: The Shining | Daisies | Dyketactics and Other 70s Films

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BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

All films begin at 8 pm and are $5-10 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE

Thursday, June 5, 8 PM
PHYSICAL COSMOLOGIES: THE SHINING
Kevin McLeod (mstrmnd) in person for intro & Q&A!
// FREE SCREENING EVENT //

Thursday, June 12, 8 PM
DAISIES, Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 76 min

Saturday, June 21, 8 PM
DYKETACTICS AND OTHER 70s FILMS, 75 min
Barbara Hammer in person!
// SPECIAL HUDSON PRIDE EVENT //


Shining-for online (see credit info)THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 8 PM
PHYSICAL COSMOLOGIES: THE SHINING
Kevin McLeod (mstrmnd) in person for intro & Q&A!
// FREE SCREENING EVENT //

Is The Shining much more than a movie? Could it be the pivotal work of 20th century art that lures us into the next stages of languages? Does it spur new forms of communication that will let us one day look back at our primeval alphabets and medieval languages as stepping stones in evolutionary history? Join us for a groundbreaking discussion on the language of movies. Game developer Kevin McLeod, (“Mstrmnd” of Room 237′s commentary track) will present his analysis of the film The Shining with a thought-provoking presentation.

[Image from McCleod's The Shining chapter in "Elements of Architecture", Rem Koolhaas's upcoming book to be published by Taschen]

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THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 8 PM
DAISIES
Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 76 min

One of the most anarchic films of all time, Vera Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. An aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. A tribute screening to the filmmaker, Vera Chytilová who passed away on March 12, 2014, we’ll be showing her masterpiece, a film she called, “a philosophical documentary in the form of a farce.” This brilliantly rendered, hilarious work was banned by the Czech government for a year after it was first released.


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DYKETACTICS AND OTHER 70s FILMS
Barbara Hammer, 75 min
// SPECIAL HUDSON PRIDE EVENT //

An evening with seminal queer and feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer! With an introduction and Q&A with Hammer. Works include: Dyketactics (1974), Superdyke (1975), Menses (1976), Women I Love (1976), Multiple Orgasm (1976), Double Strength (1978).

“Born in Los Angeles but a New Yorker by choice, Barbara Hammer is a whole genre unto herself. Her pioneering 1974 short film Dyketactics, a four-minute, hippie wonder consisting of frolicking naked women in the countryside, broke new ground for its exploration of lesbian identity, desire and aesthetic. Hammer calls the film her ‘lesbian commercial.’ She went on to become one of the brightest and most significant lesbian avant-garde filmmaking voices of the past 40 years, whose work includes over 80 film and video works covering lesbian love and sex, women’s spirituality, radical feminist politics, the figure of the goddess, and lesbian/queer film history. Hammer has had retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, London, and at the Toronto International Film Festival. Without Barbara there would be no Born in Flames (1983), no Desert Hearts (1985), no Go Fish (1994).”

-Selina Robertson


JULY FILM SCREENINGS PREVIEW

Marie Losier’s Ballad of Genesis & Lady Jaye*, Salomé Lamas’ No Man’s Land*, Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself, Michael Glowagger’s Workingman’s Death, and Louis Malle’s Black Moon. [ *filmmaker in person ]


Prior iterations of Basilica Screenings have brought filmmakers including Albert Maysles, who showed and discussed many of his rarely seen works from the 50s and 70s, essential cinematic works such as Susan Sontag’s Promised Lands, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, internationally renown contemporary directors including Jem Cohen, Deborah Stratman, and Denis Côté, and rare radical documentary forms such as Yumen produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab.

 

 

Basilica Screenings: October

Basilica Screenings: October

Special Effect: Live Cinema | Yumen | Teenage

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BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

All films begin at 8 pm and are $5-10 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: OCTOBER
Thursday, October 10
SPECIAL EFFECT: Live Cinema by Peter Burr, 2013
Peter Burr in person! Q&A with Burr following the screening.

Thursday, October 17
TEENAGE, Matt Wolf, 2013, 78 min.
Matt Wolf on Skype! Q&A with Wolf via Skype following the screening.

Thursday, October 24
YUMEN, Xu Ruotao, J.P. Sniadecki & Huang Xiang, 2013, 65 min.
J.P. Sniadecki in person! Q&A with Sniadecki following the screening.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
SPECIAL EFFECT: Live Cinema by Peter Burr 
2013
Peter Burr in person! Q&A with Burr following the screening.

Video artist Peter Burr presents Special Effect, a live television show inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1971 film Stalker. The performance features screenings of 18 short animations from underground video label Cartune Xprez; original music from Lucky Dragons and Seabat; and live performances by Burr involving laser beams, green screens, and a webcam. The videos as well as Burr’s performance were inspired by “The Zone,” an off-limits place of hope and possibility rumored to make one’s deepest desires come true that is the central setting in Tarkovsky’s film. Burr has toured the show across Australia and Europe throughout 2012 and 2013, and is touring across the United States and Canada this fall.

Contributors include James Duesing, Amy Lockhart, Michael Bell-Smith, Ola Vasiljeva, Jacob Ciocci, Philippe Blanchard, E*Rock, Luke Painter, Devin Flynn, Michael Robinson, Sabrina Ratté, and Brenna Murphy.


Elizabeth Raiss as a 1940s Teenager.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
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Matt Wolf, 2013, 78 min.
Matt Wolf on Skype! Q&A with Wolf via Skype following the screening.

‘Teenagers’ didn’t always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth. Inspired by punk author Jon Savage’s book, Teenage gives voice to young people from the first half of the 20th century in America, England, and Germany—from party-crazed Flappers and hip Swing Kids to zealous Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs. Four young voices bring to life rare archival material and filmed portraits of emblematic teenagers from history—Brenda Dean Paul, a self-destructive Bright Young Thing; Melita Maschmann, an idealistic Hitler Youth; Tommie Scheel, a rebellious German Swing Kid; and Warren Wall, a black Boy Scout. By the end of World War II, they were all ‘Teenagers’: a new idea of youth. Filmmaker Matt Wolf also made Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008).


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
YUMEN
Xu Ruotao, J.P. Sniadecki & Huang Xiang, 2013, 65 min.
J.P. Sniadecki in person! Q&A with Sniadecki following the screening.

“Fusing documentary and staged scenes in a manner reminiscent of Godard from the 1970s onward, Yumen brings dignity and beauty to a place that lies in near ruins, and was the finest piece of cinematic portraiture I witnessed at this year’s Berlinale.” -Travis Jeppesen, Artforum

Set in the quasi-ghost town of Yumen that once thrived with oil production in China’s arid northwest, YUMEN is a haunting, fragmented tale of hungry souls, restless youth, a wandering artist and a lonely woman, all searching for human connection and a collective past among the town’s crumbling landscape. One part “ruin porn”, one part ghost story, and shot entirely on 16mm, the film brings together narrative gesture, performance art, and socialist realism into a crude and radiant collage that not only plays with convention and defies genre, but also pays homage to a disappearing life-world and a fading medium. Produced by The Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) at Harvard, which also produced LEVIATHAN (2012)and most recently MANAKAMANA (2013).

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