In anticipation of the New York theatrical premiere run of his new film Jason and Shirley at MoMA, filmmaker-writer-producer Stephen Winter joins us to discuss the challenge of reinterpreting and fictionalizing a beloved work of nonfiction film (Shirley Clarke’s 1967 masterpiece Portrait of Jason). “Stephen Winter is a supernova. Every once in a while, in our often unscrupulous world of film, riddled with beautifully insane people, a person will come along, if one should be so lucky, that will share and shine their preternatural supereminence, brightly, in one’s life, cutting bone deep, through curious mélange of cinema-making” (Jonathan Caouette). The discussion is preceded by a screening of Jason and Shirley.
Jason and Shirley. 2015. USA. Directed by Stephen Winter. 79 min.
Screenplay by Winter, Sarah Schulman, Jack Waters. With Waters, Schulman.