Chicago Loop / Double Play

08.12.16

A screening with filmmaker Gabe Klinger of his 2013 documentary DOUBLE PLAY, accompanied by James Benning's CHICAGO LOOP.

CHICAGO LOOP
by James Benning
1976, digital projection, 9 mins

An early feat of experimental cinematography from Benning, Chicago Loop was composed entirely in-camera and set in three distinctly Chicago locations.

DOUBLE PLAY
by Gabe Klinger
2013, digital projection, 70 min

"Avant-gardist James Benning and indie icon Richard Linklater may not be filmmakers you immediately associate with each other. Over the years Benning has remained a staunchly experimental, non-narrative filmmaker whose films have grown increasingly minimal and challengingly durational, while Linklater has won a great deal of mainstream recognition with unlikely classics such as SLACKER, DAZED AND CONFUSED, and BEFORE SUNRISE and its sequels. The duo have developed a personal and intellectual affinity that dates back to the time Linklater invited Benning to present his work at the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.

Working with legendary producer André S. Labarthe—who co-created the long-running French television series CINÉMA, DE NOTRE TEMPS (CINEMA OF OUR TIME)—filmmaker Gabe Klinger set out to document the unique friendship between Benning and Linklater over the course of a few days in Austin and Bastrop, Texas, while the two filmmakers once again presented Benning’s films at the Austin Film Society, played baseball at Linklater’s home, visited old shooting locations, and shared memories over long meals and hikes. Combining this newly filmed material with extensive archival elements, DOUBLE PLAY contemplates the contrast between these two apparently dissimilar directors even as it persuasively reveals their affinities, both personal and artistic."*

*Anthology Film Archives

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Kiarostami: Part II

07.22.16

For the second of three events reflecting upon the works of Abbas Kiarostami, we will be showing his late 1990s film TASTE OF CHERRY (1997). In this meditative road film, the main character, Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi), who has decided to end his life, drives through the yellowed roads at the outskirts of Tehran in search of a person to burry him. Badii approaches three different strangers along the odyssey toward death, and his conversations with each create a parable-like narrative concerned with one of Kiarostami's great self-professed themes: the preciousness of life.

TASTE OF CHERRY
by Abbas Kiarostami
1997, digital projection, 95 min

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Kiarostami: Part III (Shorts)

08.26.16

For the final evening in our three-part Kiarostami review, we will be screening a selection of short films from his years at Kanoon (Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults) and later paired with works by animator Norman McLaren and the Lumière Brothers.

BREAD AND ALLEY
by Abbas Kiarostami
1970, digital projection, 11 min

THE SPRINKLER SPRINKLED
by Auguste and Louis Lumière
1895, digital projection, 1 min

Kiarostami Short from Venezia 70 Future Reloaded
by Abbas Kiarostami
2013, digital projection, 1 min

BREAKTIME
by Abbas Kiarostami
1972, digital projection, 15 min

A PHANTASY IN COLORS
by Norman McClaren
1949, digital projection, 8 min

ORDERLY AND DISORDERLY
by Abbas Kiarostami
1981, digital projection, 17 min

NEIGHBOURS
by Norman McClaren
1952, digital projection, 9 min

TWO SOLUTIONS FOR ONE PROBLEM
by Abbas Kiarostami
1975, digital projection, 5 min

THE CHORUS
by Abbas Kiarostami
1982, digital projection, 17 min