[Local events] FWD: May 5-6, Bruce Conner screenings

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Apr 30 09:16:23 PDT 2009

Cinema Project, PDX Film Festival, and the NW Film Center present

Bruce Conner: In Memoriam

May 5 & 6

* NOTE: Two-part program, in two different venues *

Tuesday, May 5
7:00 pm

Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave

Mea Culpa [1981, 5 min.]
Cosmic Ray [1961, 4 min.]
A Movie [1958, 12 min.]
Breakaway [1966, 5 min.]
Vivian [1964, 3 min.]
Ten Second Film [1965, 10 sec.]
Marilyn Times Five [1968-1973, 13.5 min.]
Report [1963-1967, 13 min.]
The White Rose [19667, 7 min.]
His Eye Is on the Sparrow [2006, 4 min.]

Wednesday, May 6
7:30 pm

PDX Fest Opening Night
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St

Mongoloid [1978, 3.5 min]
America Is Waiting [1982, 3.5 min]
Crossroads [1976, 36 min]
Take the 5:10 to Dreamland [1977, 5.5 min]
Valse Triste [1979, 5 min]
Looking for Mushrooms [1996, 14.5 min]
Easter Morning [2008, 10 min]

California artist and filmmaker Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was the modern 
master of found footage filmmaking. During his 40-year career—as a 
pioneer of West Coast assemblage art and as a heralded moving-image 
maker—he created a unique body of work that examined American society 
with wit and clarity of vision. His carefully edited montage films, 
informed by his sculptural practice, draw upon sources as varied as 
educational films, newsreel footage and television commercials, finding 
new power and associations in discarded or forgotten images. A primary 
originator of many of the techniques and genres we now hold as 
commonplace (found footage montage, the early music video, etc), 
Conner’s films offer an immediate accessibility balanced with a nuanced 
complexity that appeals to both the novice cinephile and the long time 
fan of experimental works. His work has influenced both narrative and 
experimental filmmakers, while long serving as an essential entryway to 
avant- garde filmmaking for film lovers everywhere.

This past July, Bruce Conner passed away at 74 years of age. Please join 
Cinema Project, PDX Fest and the NWFC in celebrating his life and work 
with this two part retrospective of his films, many of which have been 
rarely available until now. Our very special thanks to Jean Conner and 
Michelle Silva for making these personal prints available.

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