NYWIFT at the New York Film Festival: Avant garde influences mainstream movies
|From panelist Sara Driver's You Are Not I|
For generations experimental filmmakers have been developing new cinematic techniques that have redefined cinema. This panel of filmmakers, curators and educators looks at how the experiments and ground-breaking new filmmaking by the avant garde have influenced and been adopted by mainstream cinema. Panelists include Sara Driver, whose film You Are Not I was preserved by NYWIFT's Women Film Preservation Fund and is showing at the NYFF later in the evening.
Ina Archer's multimedia works and films have been shown nationally in Cinema Project's Expanded Frames: a celebration and examination of critical cinema in Portland, Oregon, Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. Her awards include residences at Vermont Studio Center, Blue Mountain Centers and Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy. Archer is adjunct faculty in Foundation at Parsons The New School for Design. She is a longtime member of New York Women in Film and Television's Women's Film Preservation Fund and a board member of IMAP, Independent Media Arts Preservation.
Sara Driver directed You Are Not I, showing in the Masterworks Section of the New York Film Festival, Sleepwalk, which won the prestigious Cinematheque Francais Prix Georges Sadoul and and was featured at the Museum of Modern Art's 1987 New Directors New Films Series. Her award-winning film, When Pigs Fly, starring Marianne Faithfull and Alfred Molina, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 1993. She produced Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise and Permanent Vacation and the Jarmusch-directed Tom Waits music video It's All Right With Me.
Roberta Friedman is an award-winning filmmaker and professor of film at Montclair State University, and is a major figure in the Los Angeles Avant Garde film community. She has worked on HBO and PBS programs and on films such as Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Days of Heaven. The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences is currently preserving all of her avant garde films which have been shown worldwide in venues including the Guggenheim Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Jon Gartenberg is a distributor, programmer and archivist. Formerly curator at MOMA, he acquired avant-garde movies for the permanent collection was involved in the preservation of the films of Andy Warhol. Later, as Director of the Film Preservation Program of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, Gartenberg oversaw the restoration of films of a number of artists, including Warren Sonbert, whose last work, WHIPLASH, had its world premiere at the NYFF. Since 2003, Gartenberg has programmed experimental films for the Tribeca Film Festival at which he presented, in collaboration with NYWIFT, restoration screenings of Cinda Firestone’s Attica and Bette Gordon’s Variety, as well as in 2011, a program of restored shorts by women experimental filmmakers from the 1950s to the 1980s.
MM Serra is an experimental filmmaker, curator, author, and the Executive Director of
Film-Makers' Cooperative, the world's oldest and largest archive of independent media. Serra’s new film Bitch-Beauty will premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 3rd, 2011 at the “Views of the Avant-Garde” screening series. Her film, Chop Off, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight Series in 2009. In Fall 2010 Serra curated Counter Culture, Counter Cinema: An Avant Garde Film Festival, at the Pacific Design Center with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2007 - 2008, Serra was the curator of a six-part experimental film series titled “Cinema of the Unusual” at P.S.1. Serra also curated and traveled with the show “New York Experimental” in Warsaw and Paznan, Poland. Serra's chapter on the work of Carolee Schneemann, titled “Eye/Body: The Cinematic Paintings of Carolee Schneemann,” was published in Anthology of Experimental Filmmakers by Duke University Press.
Drake Stutesman (moderator) is the editor of Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media and the Co-Chair of The Women’s Film Preservation Fund. She teaches Costume Design in Film at New York University.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council of the Arts
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Sep. 19, 2012