Sunday, March 24, 2002

A Brakhage Weekend II

Stan Brakhage's The Complete Arabic Numeral Series

San Francisco Art Institute

With fifty-nine programs over the last forty years devoted exclusively to his work, Stan Brakhage is by far the filmmaker most screened at Cinematheque. Twenty-five of these took place in the years 1971 through 1981, with four programs of personal visits. Four seasonal weekends devoted to works of this highly influential filmmaker, highlighting major works from his career, will continue through 2002, in tribute to his fifty years of uninterrupted filmmaking.

The Arabic Numeral Series, a series of twenty films ranging from five to thirty-two minutes in length, “inspired and governed by strata of the mind’s moving-visual-thinking,” abstract films using pure color and light suggesting internal worlds of non-linguistic experience, thoughts on the verge of appearance. (Steve Polta)

pictured: Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981) by Stan Brakhage