Rudy Burckhardt has been passionately making films since 1937. “A subterranean monument,” as John Ashbery has called him, his body of cinema is remarkable not only for its longevity but for its quality, range and unpretentious accessibility. A noted still photographer, Burckhardt’s first films were street portraits of great purity of vision. Burckhardt also continued to make irreverent story films and filmic studies subtly blending poetry and dance. Tonight Rudy will present a generous sampling from his over 50 films. “For the past half-century, Rudy Burckhardt has gone his own way, more or less cheerfully stoical about his neglect…making lively, generous, tender films for his own enjoyment and for the pleasure of a devoted following. In American experimental cinema, his future place is assured as a truly independent filmmaker and free spirit.” (Phillip Lopate)
EARLY EVENING EXPERIMENTAL
Sundays, 5:30 pm SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
Unstrap Me (1968, George Kuchar).