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A KALEIDOSCOPE OF IDEAS AND DOUBTS
September 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| $10
The essay film “is never more alive than when the times are more repressive and the dominant aesthetics occupy more squarely in the middle of the road,” so writes renowned French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin in Nora Alter and Timothy Corrigan’s new collection of writings Essays on the Essay Film. With digital technology more available than ever, media artists have the opportunity to construct distinct, multi-faceted responses – both visual and highly personal – to those social issues that most concern them. In tonight’s program, we will explore the multiple meanings of what an essay film is with workshop instructors Akosua Adoma Owusu and Roger Beebe, who will present live video essay performances. In addition, we will watch films by internationally recognized artists Moyra Davey and Naeem Mohaiemen, both of whom live in New York and were included in Documenta 2017, as well as a short Walter Benjamin inspired film by Lynne Sachs.