2018 OPENING NIGHT + PROGRAM LAUNCH!
AFW + NFSA #35: MAYA DEREN
Thursday 22nd February, 8.30pm @ Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St Fitzroy. $7 entry.
The opening night of Artist Film Workshop’s annual screening program for 2018 presents the work of Maya Deren; dancer, choreographer, poet, writer, photographer & pioneer of American avant-garde cinema.
Deren’s films are difficult to categorise; she rejected an alignment with surrealism and refused classification alongside structuralist filmmaking. Moreover, she shunned the institutional regulation of American cinema, independently distributing her work on self-organised tours around North America and Cuba, while lecturing on her work, film and art. Like other pioneers of the cinema – Sergei Eisenstein, for example, or Jean-Luc Godard - she was also critical theorist of her own work, publishing influential writings on her practice.
Exploring the human body, dance, ritual and transcendence - plus a healthy dose of poetic psychodrama - this program of shorts encompasses Deren’s influential filmography. Don’t miss this rare chance to see these films on 16mm!
Program. 72 mins
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, 14 mins)
At Land (1944, 15 mins)
A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945, 4 mins)
Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946, 14 mins)
Meditation on Violence (1948, 12 mins)
The Very Eye of the Night (1959, 13 mins)
2018 PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED AT SCREENING!
Tuesday 27th Febrary – Esther Urlus
Special screening of films of one of the contemporary masters of hand-made cinema Esther Urlus. Urlus is the driving force behind the Rotterdam artist-run film lab Filmverkplaats. Her films regularly tour the experimental film circuit and usually premier at Rotterdam IFF. Come see what is going on now in the international film labs scene. All screening on 16mm. Prints generously made available by the artist.
Sunday 4th March – RetrOZ: Marie Craven retrospective
Thursday 29th March – AFW + NFSA: Shoot for the Contents, Trinh T. Minh-ha