A Cinema of Humanist Anarchy

05.13.16
05.22.16

Our friends at Book 'Em! (Bridgeport) and Little House (Pilsen), have come together to host a two-part anarchic cinema series. These screenings may only begin to address some of the multifold aspects of anarchism—it's alternate ways of structuring society, of formal experimentation as a strategy of anti-authoritarian filmmaking, and of the human search for freedom. We hope that with the help of moderated talks by Book 'Em!, our audience may discuss a broadened notion of anarchy in film.

On 05.13.16, Little House (1851 S Allport St. / In the back) will screen a 16mm print of Jean Renoir's BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (1932). With a lease-change coming up this will be one of little house's last screenings!

BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING
by Jean Renoir
1932, 16mm, 87 min

On 05.22.16 filmfront will be screening this selection of humanist anarchic shorts:

ISLE OF FLOWERS
by Jorge Furtado
1989, digital projection, 15 min

UNCLE YANCO
by Agnès Varda
1967, DVD, 22 min

ZERO FOR CONDUCT
by Jean Vigo
1933, Blu-ray, 47 min

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Nam June Paik & TV Lab: License to Create

05.14.16

A screening of NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: LICENSE TO CREATE with director Howard Weinberg in attendance for a post-screening conversation.

"This feature-length documentary chronicles the role of seminal video artist Nam June Paik in the formation of the TV Lab, the experimental division of New York Public Television Station channel 13/WNET. Between 1972-84 the TV Lab represented an invaluable resource for artists, experimental filmmakers, and documentarians, providing access to equipment, fostering a collaborative community, and nurturing innovative imagery on television. Boasting a blue-screen chromakey studio, video synthesizers, and a digital time base corrector, the TV Lab played a huge role in the development of video art, as well as independent media journalism. Influencing the creation of both MTV and ‘reality television,’ TV Lab changed the way we see television and the world. Exploring the collaborative collisions of the TV Lab, this documentary sheds light on a fascinating era in the history of television, through the prism of one of the giants of 20th century video art.

"Howard Weinberg is a veteran documentary filmmaker who was founding producer of the Macneil/Lehrer Report and executive producer of The Dick Cavett Show. He has produced series and segments for numerous programs including Bill Moyers' Journal, Assignment America with Studs Terkel, and 60 Minutes. Weinberg previously directed TOPLESS CELLIST: CHARLOTTE MOORMAN (1995), a documentary profile of the performance artist who was Paik’s longtime collaborator."*

*Anthology Film Archives

NAM JUN PAIK & TV LAB: LICENSE TO CREATE
by Howard Weinberg
2014, digital projection, 93 min