Sunday, June 10, 2007

In Memoriam: Diane Bonder

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in Association with Frameline and MadCat Women’s International Film Festival Presented by Elizabeth Stephens and Ray Rea

San Francisco Cinematheque is honored to present a tribute to the late Diane Bonder through a retrospective of her ten years of Super-8, 16mm and video work. Diane Bonder died last year on June 23 after living nearly a year with pancreatic cancer. Tonight is a celebration of her life and work. Her narrative documentary fusions have been internationally exhibited and are framed with flawless lyrical potency. Dear Mom examines a girl’s identity in relation to a matriarchal family and domestic fantasies. If transforms the common object into an emblem of an absent lover. Images of rural America in If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home by Now bring us into a struggle between private property and public space. In Closer to Heaven urban ghosts collide. I Remember Now, We Never Danced, I Miss You, Good-bye moves to a dance of memory and loss and You Are Not from Here expresses an oblique nostalgia for the pre-gentrified landscape. (Jenn Blaylock)

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