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Spring 2018 Visiting Film & Video Artists & Speakers Series

Lecture Hall 6 at 7:30pm

All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Cinema Department & Harpur College Dean's Speakers Series.
Note that some events occur on Tuesdays and others on Thursdays.

Thursday March 22, 2018
Laura Kraning

Laura Kraning is an experimental non-fiction filmmaker and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Film and Video Program in the Department of Media Study at University at Buffalo. In her video work, Laura creates atmospheric visual and sonic portraits of hidden places at the intersection of nature and machine. Navigating landscape as a repository for memory, cultural mythology, and the technological sublime, her work has been described as a form of "esoteric archeology," delving into an experience of the subconscious of a landscape. Laura's work has screened widely at international film festivals and other venues, such as the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, MoMA's Doc Fortnight, Art Toronto, Centre Pompidou, Visions du Réel, National Gallery of Art, Angus-Hughes Gallery, Union Docs, REDCAT Theater, and Los Angeles Filmforum, among others.

She is a recipient of the 2010 Princess Grace Foundation John H. Johnson Film Award, 2016 Princess Grace Foundation Professional Development Grant, Jury Awards at the 2010 and 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design at the 2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Film House Award for Visionary Filmmaking at the 2016 Athens International Film and Video Festival and Special Jury Mention at the 2017 VideoEx International Experimental Film and Video Festival in Zurich.

The event program includes:
Vineland (DV, 10 min, color, sound, 2009)
Devil's Gate (HD, 20 min, B & W, sound, 2011)
Port Noir (HD, 11 min, B & W, sound, 2014)
Irradiant Field (HD, 10 min, color, sound, 2016)
Meridian Plain (2K, 18:30 min, B & W, sound, 2016)

Tuesday March 27, 2018
Canyon Cinema 50 Program with David Dinnell

After eight months of Bay Area screenings commemorating Canyon Cinema's 50th anniversary, the storied experimental film distributor is taking its show on the road. Curated by David Dinnell, visiting faculty at California Institute of the Arts and former Program Director at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the film tour draws exclusively from Canyon's vast collection. As one of North America's oldest experimental film distributors, Canyon preserves and distributes over 3,400 moving image works across the country and the world, representing a diverse cross-section of avant-garde currents and movements that date from 1921 to the present day.

The tour celebrates Canyon Cinema's outsized role in the history of experimental film and illuminates the surprising depth of the works in its catalog. Dinnell considers his curatorial responsibilities to be at least threefold: offering audiences across the country an opportunity to revisit some of the defining works of the American avant-garde, while also recuperating forgotten voices and casting a contemporary eye on Canyon's gloriously eclectic holdings. In the process, he hopes to uncover unlikely resonances and forge fresh connections across works and eras. "Given the breadth of Canyon's collection," Dinnell says, "it was important for me to find ways to bring together the many strands of artistic practice it contains-and let the works animate each other."

Program: "Studies in Natural Magic"
Light Lick (Amen) (Saul Levine, 4 min, 2017)
Catfilm for Katy and Cynnie (Standish Lawder, 3 min, 1973)
Ciao Bella or Fuck Me Dead (Betzy Bromberg, 9 min, 1978)
28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark) (Christopher Harris, 3 min, 2009)
Redshift (Emily Richardson, 4 min, 2001)
A Study in Natural Magic (Charlotte Pryce, 3 min, 2013)
Starlight (Robert Fulton, 5 min, 1970)
Swish (Jean Sousa, 3 min, 1982)
Hand Held Day (Gary Beydler, 6 min, 1975)
Portland (Greta Snider, 12 min, 1996)
Degrees of Limitation (Scott Stark, 3 min, 1982)
Shrimp Boat Log (David Gatten, 6 min, 2010)
Boston Fire (Peter Hutton, 8 min, 1979)
Orchard (Julie Murray, 10 min, 2004)

Tuesday April 17, 2018
Roger Beebe

Roger Beebe's work since 2006 consists primarily of multiple projector performances that explore the world of found images and the "found" landscapes of late capitalism. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Los Angeles Filmforum among many other venues. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival from 2004-2014. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University.

The event program includes:
Last Light of a Dying Star (2008/rev. 2011)
Beginnings (2010/rev. 2011)
Amazonia (2017)


Contact: Kathy Horton, Department Secretary
607-777- 4998

Last Updated: 9/26/18