But No One (1984) by Su Friedrich

Thursday, June 5, 1986, 8:00 pm

Text as Image


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

One of the themes that emerged in American filmmaking during the 1970s was the use of printed text as an image contained within (or entirely comprising) a number of experimental works. Texts function in different ways — as transmitter of information, as visual imagery, or as a direct intervention into the process of signification. Scott MacDonald has written an extensive analysis of this development included in the March 1986 issue of Afterimage, focusing on 15 films released since 1970. MacDonald’s article provides the basis for this evening’s program.

Films: Cold Cows by Franklin Miller; Let’s Be Pals by James Irwin; Poetic Justice by Hollis Frampton; But No One by Su Friedrich; Spiritmatters (1984) by Peter Rose; The Is/land (1982) by David Goldberg and Michael Oblowitz.