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RE-VISIONS: BETTE GORDON, PROGRAM 1

Date: Saturday, January 30th
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Anthology Film Archives (2nd Street at Second Avenue)

NYWIFT members pay $7 at the door but must put their names on the list in advance.

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This screening is part of: RE-VISIONS: AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL FILM 1975-90

FILMMAKER IN PERSON!

Bette Gordon’s films are always lively and more than a tad subversive, especially in her approach to narrative and formal construction. A former avant-garde wunderkind who has over the years blossomed into a gifted storyteller, Gordon has never dumbed down her process or stopped experimenting. Her spectacular early work included many pieces made in collaboration with her former boyfriend, James Benning, in the mid-1970s. These films combined the formal concerns and optical printing strategies of the avant-garde structuralist film movement with an abiding interest in landscape, the urban environment, and the erotic touch. Upon moving to NYC in 1979, Gordon switched gears and began pursuing more long-form, narrative-based works. Today, Gordon teaches at Columbia University, released her last feature, Handsome Harry, in 2009, and is in post-production on a forthcoming feature, The Drowning, which will premiere in 2016.

This eclectic selection of films includes her masterful early feature Variety, alongside other works restored by Anthology. The programs also include our brand new scans of recently uncovered early experiments.

Three of these films were restored with support from NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund.


PROGRAM 1:

Bette Gordon & James Benning MICHIGAN AVENUE (1973, 7 min, 16mm)
Preserved with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Women’s Film Preservation Fund.
A narrative film concerning an investigation of two women in time and space, to the point where the investigation becomes the narrative.

Bette Gordon & James Benning i-94 (1974, 3 min, 16mm)
Preserved with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Women’s Film Preservation Fund.
Intercourse between two people who never appear on the screen at the same time. An exploration of sex and male/female identities.

Bette Gordon & James Benning THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (1975, 27 min, 16mm)
Preserved with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation.
A true masterpiece of 1970s cinema, more remarkable today then ever before. A conceptual bicentennial film dealing with spatial and temporal relationships between two travelers, their car, and the geographic, political, and social changes from NY to Los Angeles.

Bette Gordon AN ALGORITHM (1977, 10 min, 16mm)
Preserved with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Women’s Film Preservation Fund.
A visually stunning kinetic rhythm produced by looped footage (mathematical curves) in and out of phase with each other.

WEBBS
(1975-76, 11 min, 16mm-to-digital)
This recently unearthed and newly digitized work is a richly minimalist, single-camera-setup portrait of the sights and sounds at a late-night diner in Madison, WI.

CENTRAL TIME (1977, 3 min, 16mm-to-digital)
Another film that’s gone unseen for years, this brief, elegant work is a time-lapse glimpse of the Madison, WI skyline from dusk to dark. Shot from within a hotel room, the street traffic and the reflected interior interpenetrate in gradually shifting superimposition.

Total running time: ca. 65 min.

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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.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts
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