New York filmmaker Abigail Child documents filmmakers search through images that throw light on how our personal movies narrate our political history. She joins us in person for a talk and discussion as well as to screen two of her tapes which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival.
"The Future is Behind You" retells the story of two sisters buffeted by the tides of fascism, with personal 16mm archives of a German Jewish family from the 1930s accompanied by the music of John Zorn. "Cake and Steak" mines proud parents' home movie footage to examine the visual details of 1950s Americans training for a life in the suburbs.
Child will also contextualize her aesthetic anthropology by screening Alexander Kluge's "Brutality in Stone" a poetic documentary from 1961 on the architectural residue of the Third Reich, and showing D.W. Griffith's unedited camera reels in an elegant deconstruction of his invention of cinematic narrative before the 1st World War.