Bulletin Board: A roundup of screenings, discussions, and other film-related events
Desk Set (1957)
New-York Historical Society Justice in Film Series
December 4 at 7:00 pm
Screened as part of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series, Desk Set, with its legendary duo of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, provides a point of departure for discussing themes like social conflict and chauvinism in professional and personal lives. The New-York Historical Society’s Justice in Film series explores how filmmakers have used the medium to address such themes throughout history with remarks by present-day media professionals. Ron Simon, Senior Curator of Television and Radio at the Paley Center for Media, and Susan Lacy, creator and former executive of Thirteen/WNET’s award-winning series American Masters, will provide analysis of Desk Set at this screening.
I Blame Dennis Hopper: An Afternoon With Illeana Douglas
December 6 at 2:30 pm
Illeana Douglas, actor, director, producer, and author, will discuss her new memoir I Blame Dennis Hopper and the influence of her parents, who were impacted by Easy Rider and the hippie culture of the 1970s. Douglas, whose work ranges from acting in Cape Fear and Six Feet Under to creating the web series Easy to Assemble and hosting Turner Classic Movies, has experience in many corners of filmmaking, with stories involving icons Dennis Hopper, Martin Scorsese, and her grandfather Melvyn Douglas. Film clips will punctuate the onstage interview.
Environment for Contemplation
Museum of Art and Design
December 11 at 7:00 pm
Presented as a series of movies related to Wendell Castle’s 1969 art installation of the same name, these short films explore themes of environmental change and the appreciation of nature. This series includes three Encyclopedia Britannica shorts by Bert Van Bork, whose work illustrates how pollution and environmental desecration cause critical ecological changes. Also included is Frederic Back’s Oscar-winning animated short, The Man Who Planted Trees, which tells the story of young traveler who becomes fascinated with a widowed shepherd, who spends his days steadily reforesting a barren tract of land. The Museum of Art and Design will present this program in conjunction with their current exhibit, Wendell Castle Remastered.
From an Island Summer (1983-84)
While pioneering the videodance genre, video artist Charles Atlas directed From an Island Summer, which he dubs a “docu-narrative” that blends choreography, hand-held camerawork, and samba and punk music. With movement as the primary language, Atlas’s film creates a thrilling ambiance as it follows choreographer Karole Armitage and her dancers from a dance studio to the Coney Island boardwalk to Times Square. Screened as part of MoMA PS1’s Greater New York’s film series, From an Island Summer provides a historical snapshot of the art and architecture of the city in the summer of 1983.
Nathaniel Dorsky: Film Stills
Peter Blum Gallery
Through January 9
Following the first retrospective of his movies at this year’s New York Film Festival, filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky recently opened the first exhibition of his photographic works at the Peter Blum Gallery. In an installation of 36 prints from his 16mm silent films, Dorsky unearths the potential of each frame in layering color, light, objects, and lifeforms. While Dorsky seems less concerned with plots in his films, his painterly composition of each still image reveals a story through the beauty of an everyday observation that normally would go unnoticed.
Reporting by Aaron Linskens