In an effort to initiate public dialogue in the City of Arts and Innovation, about cinema as art, the greatest of all the arts nonetheless, a/perture cinema introduced a new screening and discussion series in 2015. This series centers on the notion of “looking at art cinema.” Together, the community and selected speakers, will discuss a curated list of films. Some of these films you have seen and some you may have not, but either way we hope the discussions will allow you to see them anew.
Looking @ Art Cinema is sponsored by Camino Bakery.
The Summer 2017 series for Looking @ Art Cinema will frame up on the film movement that is part of the reason we have cinemas like a/perture and the films to screen at them. Foreign films initiated the American public to art house nuances, then the New American Hollywood proved that artistry also lived here at home. But as the Reagan era set in so did the blockbuster phenomenon. Could the art film still exist domestically? Thanks to the American Independent Cinema art films continued to gain audiences throughout the eighties, nineties, and today. In this installment of our lecture series we will span the last three decades to look at some quintessential American Independent Cinema. We will talk about what makes them independent, what makes them instant classics, and what makes them art.
Looking @ Art Cinema – The American Independent will be hosted by Cagney Gentry.
Cagney Gentry is a filmmaker and teacher in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While working as a media production consultant he has also spent the last five years creating films that search for a pure cinema. His debut feature, Harvest, is currently making the festival rounds and was awarded second prize in the feature-length films competition at Athens International Film and Video Festival. His last short film, 1. Stop 2. Jump 3. Go, was awarded a top prize at the Indie Grits Film Festival and played many others around the U.S.A. He studied communication and film at Wake Forest University and received a Masters in Fine Arts in Filmmaking from UNC-Greensboro.
Special event pricing for the series applies- general admission prices will be $14.50 per screening, college students $12.50 and a/v society members will receive a discounted price of $11.50 per screening. Admission includes film, discussion and coffee/pastries from Camino Bakery. Find more information on specific titles and ticketing links below.
SUMMER 2017: LOOKING @ THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT
Saturday, May 13 @ 9:30AM
In Eraserhead, a surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director David Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking.
MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO
Saturday, June 17 @ 9:30AM
My Own Private Idaho is Gus Van Sant’s dreamtime riff on Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Parts I and II” features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a narcoleptic male hustler who is first seen drifting on a stretch of highway in Idaho. Mike shifts from Seattle to Portland, where he has taken up with Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves), who is also a hustler. The difference between them is Mike’s sleepy state betrays an uncertain future, while Scott is ready to inherit a fortune from his father within a week.
Saturday, July 22 @ 9:30AM
In Broken Flowers, the resolutely single Don has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don yet again resigns himself to being alone and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this “mystery” by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present.