Film Love presents

Scenes From Under Childhood (Stan Brakhage, 1967-70)
An Avant-Garde Home Movie:
Marriage and Family Films of Stan Brakhage

Friday, February 5, 2016
White Hall 207, Emory University  |  7:30 pm  |  free admission

In advance of Jane Wodening’s (the former Jane Brakhage) visit on Feburary 13, Film Love presents an evening of Stan Brakhage films featuring Jane and the Brakhage family, taking place February 5, 2016, at Emory University’s White Hall. The screening features 16mm prints of films rarely shown and not available on video.

Jane Collom and Stan Brakhage married in 1957, and embarked on a cinematic partnership that resulted in perhaps the most extensive record of marriage and family life ever put on film. The births, infancy, and growth of their children, the animal life in and around their rural Colorado home, and the Brakhages’ own marital harmony and tensions were all filmed by Stan – and sometimes Jane – and run through Brakhage’s highly influential, visionary cinematic language. The result was a groundbreaking achievement in American cinema.

February 5’s program at Emory University features several significant works that reveal the facets of this extraordinary cinematic project: the visionary quality that Brakhage imparted to infancy (and tried to capture with the camera), the anxieties of socialization for children, the constant struggle between raising a family and dedication to a difficult art form as an independent artist. As well, the screening will provide insight into Jane Brakhage’s complex and overlapping roles, onscreen and off: documentary subject, interlocutor, and partner in life and film.

The following week, on February 13, the former Jane Brakhage (now Jane Wodening) will make a rare public appearance at Atlanta Contemporary, for a wide-ranging discussion on her life and work in and out of cinema.

Film selections:
Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie (Stan Brakhage, 1961, 4 min)
Wedlock House: An Intercourse (Stan Brakhage, 1959, 11 min)
Thigh Line Lyre Triangular (Stan Brakhage, 1961, 7 min)
Sincerity II (Stan Brakhage, 1975, 35 min)
Selections subject to change.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory University and the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory.

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An Avant-Garde Home Movie: Marriage and Family Films of Stan Brakhage is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to great but rarely seen films, especially important works unavailable on consumer video. Programs are curated and introduced by Andy Ditzler, and feature lively discussion. Through public screenings and events, Film Love preserves the communal viewing experience, provides space for the discussion of film as art, and explores alternative forms of moving image projection and viewing.


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