1998, dir. Jim Shedden. Stan Brakhage began devising his experimental films in 1952, at the age of 19, and now stands out as one of the strongest and most influential makers of the subjectively personal film, a master of evocative imagery and an explorer of the full potential of the medium. One of the most energetic and prolific filmmakers in the history of the art, Brakhage has devoted films, and cycles of film, to all the areas of his daily existence he considers vital. Jim Shedden’s documentary is a good introduction to Brakhage’s work and a fair summary of his life, explicitly stating that the two can’t be separated. Two of his most striking efforts Window Water Baby Moving (1959) and The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (1971) take as their starting point the birth of his son and an autopsy, respectively. In his later years, Brakhage’s work has become more purely abstract, with color, form, light and edit-rhythm conveying the otherwise inexpressible. 75 mins. Playing with two short films by Stan Brakhage: Reflections on Black (1955, 12 min.) Blue Moses (1962, 11 min.).
1996, dir. Sarah Jacobson. Mary Jane is a 17 year old who has a part-time job in an art theater, where her fellow employees alternate work with extended sessions in the basement, where they drink a lot, and speculate about life and love. Mary Jane would like to be part
of their world, which she sees as hip and eventually she loses
her virginity in a cemetery ("Steve this is really uncomfortable"). She gets encouragement from the bisexual Erika, who remembers her own first time ("I remember his cat was watching") and predicts that eventually she'll enjoy sex especially if she follows Erika's tips. 87 mins.
Playing with four shorts by Martha Colburn:
What's on? (1997, 1:45)
Evil of Dracula (1997, 1:59)
There's a Pervert in Our Pool! (1998, 2:09)
Lift Off (1998, 3:06)
1998, dir. Mark Herman. Based on the Olivier Award-winning London play, LITTLE VOICE follows the story of a young girl, dubbed Little Voice by her overbearing mother, who can only express herself through famous vintage songs. She doesn't speak, but she can sing in the timeless voices of performers like Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Billie Holliday. When Little Voice's private gift becomes public thanks to a colorful and ambitious talent agent, she stands at the crossroads of losing her soul and finding her own true voice. Nominated for 6 British Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Stars Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Ewan McGregor. 96 mins.
1999, dir. Paul Schrader. AFFLICTION is an emotionally shattering drama about a man who has taken several wrong turns in his life and who now finds himself on a collision course with his own destiny. Based on the acclaimed novel by noted author Russell Banks. Wade (Nick Nolte) is a police officer in the small, economically-depressed town of Lawford, New Hampshire. His divorce seldom permits him to spend time with his daughter of whom his ex-wife has custody. He is in love with a sweet tempered waitress (Sissy Spacek) whom he wants to marry so that he can eventually get custody of his daughter, but a strange accident will change his life forever. Also stars James Coburn, Willem DaFoe, and Mary Beth Hurt. 114 mins.
WHITE LIGHTA Color Performance each Saturday at 7:00