Marcel Dzama’s The Lotus Eaters, Sad Ghost, and Radio Shorts

April 22, 2006


The Department of Film and Media presents the world premieres of Marcel Dzama’s short film The Lotus Eaters, with live musical accompaniment arranged by David Driver; and Sad Ghost, a collaboration with Spike Jonze, Patrick Daughters, and Michael Wadsworth. Also presented are the Dzama Radio Shorts, a series of film vignettes dating from 1996. The Winnipeg-born Dzama, whose work is in MoMA’s collection, is perhaps best known for his drawings, sculptures, artist’s books, and CD covers. Dzama’s fantastical, subversively humorous, and poignant films combine live action, animation, puppetry, and painted sets, and are populated by tree people, Berlin bears, cowboys, amputees, and humanoid animals. The artist’s sophisticated primitivism and use of rudimentary cinematic trickery recall such silent-era pioneers as Georges Méliès. The actor Josh Hamilton, noted for his recent award-winning off-Broadway performance in Hurlyburly, will offer a dramatic reading of Tennyson’s classic poem The Lotos-Eaters prior to the screening of Dzama’s eponymous film.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Media.


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