Binghamton University Cinema Department unveils spring series
Binghamton University’s Department of Cinema recently announced its Spring 2003 Film and Video Artists Series. Artists featured will be on hand to present their works. All events will take place at 8 p.m. in Lecture Hall 6 on the campus and are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, February 25, The Black Maria Film + Video Festival features the best entries from the independent film and video fest. This fiercely independent annual festival consistently features in its juries well-known cinema luminaries such as New York-based filmmaker Jennifer Reeves.
Filmmaker and experimental puppet theater artist Janie Geiser appears Wednesday, March 5, to screen her works Spiral Vessel (2000), Lost Motion (1999) and The Secret Story (1996). Geiser’s work has been performed and screened internationally in venues such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Phenomena Festival in Jerusalem, Israel. Although her short films are often inspired by doll-like figurines, her work goes beyond childish make-believe to incorporate complex themes of failure and loss.
Michele Smith will appear at the screening of her film Regarding Penelope's Wake (2002), Tuesday, March 25. The two-hour film, which created a sensation at the New York Film Festival, is a montage culled from numerous sources, including stag films, an instructional film, documentaries, science films and home movies.
On Tuesday, April 1, Gregg Biermann hosts the screening of his film Material Excess (1992-1993). The film crams the consumer goods of modern life into a framework of Danté’ s Divine Comedy resulting in a difficult, frequently funny and ultimately human reflection of society.
Appearances by the filmmakers are sponsored by the ART Mission in Binghamton, with 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, call 607- 777-4998 or Vincent Grenier at 607-777-4997.