Sunday, October 11, 2009

Eyes Upside Down

P. Adams Sitney on Beavers, Brakhage & Sonbert

California College of the Arts

P. Adams Sitney in person
[members:$5 / non-members:$10 / CCA students & faculty:free]

Writing and lecturing on film since the early 1960s (and presently Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University), P. Adams Sitney stands as one of avant-garde cinema’s most passionate and eloquent theorists and critics. His Visionary Film, published in 1974, drew deeply from fields of poetry and literature in discussing the works of Anger, Brakhage, Deren, Markopoulos and others. The tome remains a classic of critical insight on the field. His latest work, Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson, examines the continued thread of Emersonian poetics in the American avant-garde canon and incorporates in-depth discussions of the works of many post–Visionary Film artists, including Abigail Child, Su Friedrich, Andrew Noren and Warren Sonbert. Appearing in person at Cinematheque for the first time in over a decade, Sitney will discuss his latest book, accompanied by screenings of Stan Brakhage’s Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde, Robert Beavers’ AMOR and Warren Sonbert’s Rude Awakening. (Steve Polta)

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