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<i>Daylight Moon.</i> 2002. USA. Directed by Lewis Klahr
  • Daylight Moon

    2002. USA. Lewis Klahr. 13 min.

  • Levsha: The Tale of a Cross-Eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea

    2001. USA. David Wilson. 40 min.

  • Mountain State

    2003. USA. Bill Brown. 22 min.

and more

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

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



  • Daylight Moon

    2002. USA. Directed by Lewis Klahr. The first in a dreamlike quartet of animated collage films, Daylight Moon goes beyond some of Klahr’s most favored and evocative sources—Hollywood noir melodrama, comic books, and advertising of the 1940s and 1950s—to create a reverie of childhood. “One of his most abstract films,” scholar Tom Gunning writes, “Daylight Moon rarely reveals a human figure. Instead of characters, Klahr gives us the play of enigmatic spaces and empty sites that promise both the invitation of desire and the discovery of crime." 13 min.

  • Levsha: The Tale of a Cross-Eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea

    2001. USA. Directed by David Wilson. The founder and director of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles and the recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant," Wilson chronicles the long tradition of art-makers who work in extreme miniature. Narrated by the character of Olesya Turkina, chief curator at the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, the film relates the Russian folktale of Levsha, a peasant craftsman who is able to shoe a dancing flea. Throughout the film, the tale of the ancient character is woven with meditations on Cold War competition and the state of contemporary Russia, the tale of a modern-day microminiaturist, and the inspiration for the Russian space program. It is left to the viewer to decide which elements of Levsha are fictionalized and which are true. 40 min.

  • Mountain State

    2003. USA. Written and directed by Bill Brown. With the wit and wisdom of a Mark Twain or E. B. White, Brown explores history as it is inscribed on the American landscape. In Mountain State, the nomadic filmmaker, photographer, and essayist investigates the Mothman, a legendary winged creature that haunted a West Virginia town in the 1960s. 22 min.

  • Loss Prevention

    2000. USA. Directed by Jeanne C. Finley, in collaboration with Doug Dubois and John Muse. Combining documentary and fictional elements—not unlike the other films in this program—Loss Prevention relates the story of seventy-nine-year-old Irene, who was arrested for stealing a bottle of aspirin from a Miami Wal-Mart and sentenced to ten weeks of Senior Citizen Shoplifting Prevention School. Using interviews with Irene and her daughter that were originally recorded for NPR’s This American Life, and incorporating intimate super-8 footage, the film offers a tender meditation on the conflicts of parent and child, boredom and pleasure, accident and intention, and authority and subterfuge. 17 min.

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