Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — Cubist Film Tradition

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Join us on Saturday, November 4, at 4:00 pm, for Cubist Film Tradition, a program of early avant-garde shorts that examine the influence of the Cubist movement in film. The program will highlight three influential European filmmakers—Fernand Léger, Hans Richter, and Oskar Fischinger—all of whom came to filmmaking from other artistic practices.

The work of these filmmakers showcases some of the most influential experiments in film history, including Léger’s seminal Ballet Mécanique (1924). Cubist Film Tradition is part of Whole Grain, our new experimental film and video series.

The Whole Grain series presents six programs that explore classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. The schedule in brief:

  • Saturday, October 7, 4 pm: Found-footage pioneer Bruce Conner
  • Thursday, October 26, 7 pm: Contemporary digital animation
  • Saturday, November 4, 4 pm: Short films in the Cubist film tradition
  • Saturday, November 11, 4 pm: Maya Deren’s experimental documentary on Haitian Vodou
  • Thursday, November 16, 7 pm: A feature-length exploration of the animated GIF
  • Saturday, December 2, 4 pm: The campy world of brothers George and Mike Kuchar

Photo: Still from Ballet Mécanique (Fernand Léger, 1924, France, 15 min., 16mm). The film will be screened Saturday, Nov. 4.

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