Binghamton University Cinema Department unveils spring series
Binghamton University’s Department of Cinema announces the line-up for its upcoming spring 2005 Film and Video Artists Series. Artists featured will be on hand to present their works. Most events will take place at 8 p.m. in Lecture Hall 6 on the campus unless otherwise indicated. The series is free and open to the public.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Ken Jacobs, distinguished professor emeritus at Binghamton University, will host part one of a screening of his film, Star Spangled to Death. Selected by the Los Angeles Film Critics as the best independent/experimental film of 2004, this collage combines found-films with Jacob’s own more-or-less staged filming. The film offers a social critique picturing a stolen and dangerously sold out America, allowing examples of popular culture to self-indict. Part two of this film will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
On Thursday, March 10, New York City filmmaker and Hunter College faculty member, Michael Gitlin, will show his new documentary, The Bird People. This hour-long documentary is currently making the rounds at major film festivals and exhibition venues. Part cultural history and part self-reflexive anthropology, the film investigates the social construction of nature, centered on ornithology and its amateur counterpart, bird watching.
On March 16, Bruce McClure will screen four of his short films including Crib and Shift, Circle Jerks, Presepe and Chiodo. Using four modified 16mm film projectors, McClure will create a cinematic light performance by superimposing and manipulating the film frame. His work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial 2004; the Expanded Cinema Film Festival in Dortmond, Germany; the Evolution Film Festival 2004 in Leeds, United Kingdom; and the Op Film Festival, Cinema De Baile, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
On Monday, April 4, James Benning will present his new film, Thirteen Lakes. The film focuses on 13 large American lakes, including Salton Sea, Lake Powell and Lake Michigan, along with their geographical and historical relationship to the landscape. It shows Benning as he searches for locations and films the first two shots for his own film. After the screening, Benning will discuss his work methods, his relationship towards the United States, as well as his opinions about himself as an artist and filmmaker.
On Tuesday, April 19, the series will feature the best of the Black Maria Film + Video Festival. This fiercely independent annual festival consistently features in its juries well-known cinema luminaries. It offers an excellent opportunity to experience the latest offerings in the independent film and video arena.
On Wednesday, April 27, Martin Arnold, one of Australia’s most distinguished experimental filmmakers and a newly hired Binghamton University faculty member, will present four of his latest films. Arnold’s work has been featured in publications and recognized in exhibitions at prestigious American and European museums and festivals.
The Spring 2005 Film and Video Artists Series is funded in part by presentation funds from the Experimental Television Center, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts. The series is co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean's Office. For more information, contact the Cinema Department at 607- 777-4998 or Vincent Grenier at 607-777-4997.