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Film Series

Leslie Thornton

 
 
Apr 3—May 8, 2017
 
   
 
 
 
 
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“Her work found its first location, and inspiration, in what in those times was understood as an ‘avant-garde’ film practice; the quoted term, suspiciously suspended, is rarely invoked in these times, but the rigor, the pure oppositional avowal, and the belief in moving imagery’s electro-shock potential”—Cinematexas

The career of American filmmaker and artist Leslie Thornton spans five decades. Thornton occupied an important place in cinema history early in her career, straddling structural filmmaking and the feminist avant-garde, using the materiality of film to interrogate matters of identity, representation, history, and perception. Her experimental practice has continued to evolve into the 2010s as she incorporates new technologies into her videos and installations. This retrospective takes a comprehensive look at Thornton’s work and includes selections by her contemporaries and influences, including Su Friedrich, Werner Herzog, Eric Baudelaire, and Pere Portabella.


 
PAST EVENTS
The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner, Leslie Thornton
Film
Philosopher’s Walk + Great Ecstasy
 

Thornton’s film paired with Werner Herzog’s portrait of Olympian Walter Steiner.

Mon, Apr 3, 2017
 
 
Jennifer, Where Are You?, Leslie Thornton
Film
Leslie Thornton + Su Friedrich
 

A program reprising an early tour of screenings Thornton did with artist Su Friedrich.

Mon, Apr 3, 2017
 
 
Luna Trance
Film
Crossing to the Gallery
 

This program charts Thornton’s recent work from linear narrative to gallery installation.

Mon, Apr 10, 2017
 
 
All Right You Guys
Film
All Right You Guys, Howard + Minutiae
 

A program of Thornton’s early documentary work, including All Right You Guys and Howard.

Mon, Apr 10, 2017
 
 
Crossing Feet Dance
Film
Crossing + Vampir-Cuadecuc
 

Thornton’s dense personal collage and Pere Portabella’s deconstruction of Count Dracula.

Mon, Apr 17, 2017
 
 
Another Worldy, Leslie Thornton
Film
The Last Time I Saw Ron, Watersmith + more
 

A program of work focusing on the body, including two films with Ron Vawter.

Mon, Apr 17, 2017
 
 
Vinyl
Film
Vinyl
 

Andy Warhol’s sado-masochistic adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange.

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
 
 
Anabasis
Film
The Anabasis of May… + SO MUCH MUCH
 

Eric Baudelaire’s feature screens with a new entry in Thornton’s SO MUCH MUCH project.

Mon, Apr 24, 2017
 
 
Onibaba
Film
Onibaba + Rhyme ‘Em To Death
 

Shindo’s masterpiece transforms an ancient folktale into a chilling erotic ghost story.

Mon, May 1, 2017
 
 
Peggy and Fred in Hell: Beginning Middle End, Leslie Thornton
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Peggy and Fred in Hell: Beginning Middle End
 

The rare and radically different 2004 iteration of Thornton’s magnum opus.

Mon, May 1, 2017
 
 
The Great Invisible Eve
Film
The Great Invisible
 

Thornton returns to her research into Isabelle Eberhardt’s life in this open-ended project.

Mon, May 8, 2017
 
 
Unseen Cloud
Film
There Was An Unseen Cloud Moving
 

Thornton’s experimental biography of 19th-century adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt.

 

Mon, May 8, 2017