Saturday, June 17 at 9:30am
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.
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. Mike feels a real affection for Scott, but Scott does not believe men can really love each other. Besides, Scott is mostly hustling as a means of slumming and killing time before he inherits his money. Mike, however, delusionally thinks Scott will continue with his life as a drifter after receiving his inheritance. Mike’s belief is shared by the dregs of Portland, who live out of an abandoned hotel with their spiritual leader Bob (film director William Richert). They’re convinced Scott’s fortune will benefit them all, when in reality Scott has other plans.