The Fall 2009 Cinema Visitors Series to be held at Binghamton University
The Cinema Visitors Series will feature four contemporary filmmakers this semester. All artists will be available to further discuss their work. All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in Lecture Hall 6 on the Binghamton University campus. All shows are free and open to the public.
The schedule for the screening is: Monday, October 19: Film by Branden Joseph titled The Roh and the Cooked: Structural Film, Actionism, Paracinema.
Branden Joseph received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in before becoming a founding editor of the Grey Room, a scholarly and theoretical journal of architecture, art, media, and politics published quarterly by MIT Press. Mr. Joseph’s area of specialization is post-War American and European art, focusing particularly on those individuals and practices that cross medium and disciplinary boundaries between visual art, music, and film. During this talk, he will discuss the travels of Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant throughout Europe in the early 1970s and shed light on the particular “crisis” of experimental cinema at the time and the manner in which it was (temporarily) overcome.
Wednesday, November 4 Films by Abraham Ravett including The March, Horse/Kappa/ House, Tziporah, and non-Aryan.
Abraham Ravett was born in Poland in 1947, raised in Israel and emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1955. He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Filmmaking and Photography and has been an independent filmmaker for the past thirty years. To date, Mr. Ravett has made six films that reflect on how the Holocaust affected his parents, their evolving relationship, and his own psychological and emotional response to their experiences. THE MARCH continues this cinematic exploration by detailing one woman's recollections of that experience. Mr. Ravett has received grants for his work from various sources including The National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and his films have been screened internationally. He currently teaches filmmaking and photography at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
Monday, November 23 Slideshow by Hitoshi Toyoda titled Masafumi Fukagawa.
Hitoshi Toyoda was born in New York City and but grew up in Tokyo before returning to the United States in 1990. He then traveled throughout the U.S. taking photographs of daily life. His silent slide shows are only exhibited in live contexts and have been compared to Haiku literature because of the way they are able to encompass both the minutiae of daily life and the larger, unknowable forces that govern that life. Mr. Toyoda’s slideshows place emphasis on the weight and value of present moment and ferry viewers between the micro-cosmic and the macro-cosmic world. He is currently the Curator of the Kawasaki City Museum in Tokyo.
Monday, November 30 Films by Marie Losier. This screening will be held at 1:10 p.m.
Marie Losier was born in France before immigrating to the United States. She is a filmmaker and curator in New York City at FIAF/The French Institute Alliance Francaise where she presents a weekly film series. Ms. Losier has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals. She has had the honor of presenting her works at international viewings including The Berlin Film Festival, The Centre George Pompidou, The Rotterdam, and The Copenhagen Film Festival. Ms. Losier was recently invited to be on the Jury for the ERA NEW HORIZONS International Film Festival in Poland.
The Fall 2009 Cinema Visitors Series is sponsored by the Broome County Arts Council and co-sponsored by Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series. These artists’ screenings are funded in part by Presentation Funds from the Experimental Television Center, which is supported by the New York State Council of the Arts.
For more information call (607) 777-4998 or 777-4997 or visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/cinema/visiting-artists/index.html