Thursday, May 19, 1994

The Smell of Burning Ants by Jay Rosenblatt

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

San Francisco filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt will premiere The Smell of Burning Ants (1994, 28 min.), a haunting account of the pains of growing up male. …Burning Ants evocatively presents the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. Rather than glorifying and romanticizing boyhood, this film shows macho indoctrination as the horror it truly is. Also: The Quiet One (1948, 67 min.), a neo-realist drama by Sidney Meyers, Janet Loeb, Helen Levitt and James Agee which follows a black youth in Harlem as he descends from bitter isolation into delinquency.