Brakhage, Brakhage, Brakhage!

Event has passed (Sun Jul 6, 2014 - Sun Jul 13, 2014)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
2:00 PM


Brakhage, Brakhage, Brakhage!
Jul 6, 10, 13, 2014
Admission: $10 Regular / $8 YBCA Member, Student, Senior, Teacher

No filmmaker explored the possibilities of the moving image as deeply as Stan Brakhage, yet his work is infrequently shown. His films pulse with overwhelming light and energy, and require an engaged viewer. Brakhage worked exclusively with celluloid film, and the beautiful, hand-crafted quality of his art is a remarkable contrast to the digital-everything style of today. Brakhage, who died in 2003, made nearly 400 films. Though we can barely scratch the surface with just three programs, they should serve as a solid introduction to the uninitiated, and offer many surprises to viewers who are already familiar.

Self and Other
Sun, Jul 6, 2 PM
We begin the series with these rarely screened works, which consider how autobiography and portraiture can be represented with motion pictures. Program includes Star Garden, Soldiers and Other Cosmic Objects, Short Films: 1976, Nightmare Series, and Jane. (1974-86, 94 min, 16mm)

Sound Films
Thu, Jul 10, 7:30 PM
Though most of Brakhage’s work is silent, he made many sound films. This program presents a selection of early/mid experiments with sound: Blue Moses, Fire of Waters, Scenes From Under Childhood, Part One, and The Stars are Beautiful. (1962-74, 60 min, 16mm)

Hand-Painted Films
Sun, Jul 13, 2 PM
Late in his life, Brakhage made a number of hand-painted films. These are among his most glorious and extreme works, exploding with color and movement. Program includes Autumnal, Earthen Aerie,
Spring Cycle, Shockingly Hot, Cloud Chamber, The Lion and the Zebra Make God's Raw Jewels, Stately Mansions Did Decree, and Seasons [with Phil Solomon]. (1993-2002, 60 min, 16mm)


  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
    701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA