In a special program organized in conjunction with To Save and Project, Greta Snider joins us for a Modern Mondays evening to celebrate new 16mm restorations from the Academy Film Archive, screening at MoMA in their New York restoration premieres. Coming out of San Francisco’s late-1980s punk scene, and drawing on the city’s long avant-garde tradition of found-footage filmmaking, Snider produced some of the seminal alternative works of the era, heralded by fellow Bay Area collagist Craig Baldwin as “zine-inspired, fearlessly honest personal essays.” Alternately rollicking, rousing, and disarming, Snider’s films address everything from girl talk, punk rock, and skateboarding to abortion, toxic waste, AIDS, and urban foraging, elegantly combining found and original material through optical printing, hand-processing, and superimposition. While her Gen X ethnographies capture gender war and environmental ennui at the turn of the century, this career-spanning screening also includes a tender photogram homage to her father and the New York premiere of a double-projection stereoscopic piece, a “retinal rivalry masterwork” reflecting on loss and communication from the astral plane.
Futility. 1989. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. 9 min. 16mm
Hard Core Home Movie. 1989. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. 5 min. 16mm
Blood Story. 1990. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. 4 min. 16mm
Our Gay Brothers. 1993. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. 9 min. 16mm
No-Zone. 1993. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. 18 min. 16mm
Quarry Movie. 1999. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. 10 min. 16mm
Flight. 1997. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. 5 min. 16mm
Instructions from Ancestors. 2022. USA. Directed by Greta Snider. Approx. 15 min. Dual 16mm stereoscopic projection
All films are restored by and courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, with the exception of Instructions from Ancestors.