Thursday, May 22, 2008

Light Industry presents film historian P. Adam Sitney

Light Industry has been consistently hosting interesting and varied Tuesday night events in Sunset Park. This Tuesday, May 27th, sounds like it will be another event to check out. As always, tickets are $6 (available at the door), and the start time is 8 PM. The photo is from the Light Industry calendar, and it's taken from Shift, one of the films to be shown.

From their email:

Eyes Upside Down
An illustrated lecture by P. Adams Sitney

P. Adams Sitney will talk about movement and perspective in three short
films, by Marie Menken, Ernie Gehr, and Stan Brakhage. He will illustrate the ways in which these films fulfill the promise of an American aesthetic first proclaimed by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1836 and promoted in different ways by Gertrude Stein, John Cage, and Charles Olson, among others. This program reflects the argument of his new book: Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson.

About P. Adams Sitney

P. Adams Sitney is a historian of film art, a co-founding member of
Anthology Film Archives, and Professor of Visual Arts at Princeton University. He is the author of the book Visionary Film, originally published in 1974, which was the first major study on the post-war American avant garde cinema, and is today considered a classic. Among his other publications are Modernist Montage: The Obscurity of Vision in Cinema and Literature from 1992 and most recently Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson. His articles regularly appear in Artforum and other journals.

Films to be shown:
Arabesque for Kenneth Anger, Marie Menken, 16mm, 1961, 4 mins
, Ernie Gehr, 16mm, 1972-74, 9 mins
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde,
Stan Brakhage, 16mm, 1989, 17 mins

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