An Evening with Julius Ziz

Monday, March 23, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following films:

  • And the Pig Was Born

    2001. USA. Directed by Julius Ziz. Made from footage found in the basement of Anthology Film Archives. 23 min.

  • The Window

    1999. USA. Directed by Julius Ziz. 19 min.

  • The Wolf

    2008. Lithuania. Directed by Julius Ziz. With August Varkalis. Based on a pair of novels by Jonas Mekas. In Lithuanian; English subtitles. 20 min.

Julius Ziz (Lithuanian, b. 1970) liberates cinema from its theatrical underpinnings, elevating it with a poetic vision at once singular and beautiful. Stories spin off like whirling flanges of plot from conventional narrative, and the films rely on rhythm to suggest what the mind knows in a preconscious manner. It is this "capturing" of thought before its articulation that makes a Ziz experience resonant and valuable. Ziz graduated from the Film Academy in Tbilisi before moving to New York, where he worked with Jonas Mekas at the Anthology Film Archives. In addition to making films, Ziz writes for the theater.

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