FILM LOVE presents
YOKO ONO: reality dreams
|Yoko Ono and John
Lennon: Montreal Bed-In, 1969
Photo by Ivor Sharp ©Yoko Ono
From the beginning of their relationship, John and Yoko moved steadily toward a public collaboration as artists and political activists. The crushing attention of the press on their personal lives was a catalyst for one of their most well-known events, the Bed-In: a honeymoon spent lying on a bed for a week, open to the press, in promotion of peace. This ingenious response functioned simultaneously as performance art, political protest, publicity stunt, and personal statement on the media.
Directed by Ono and Lennon, Bed-In is a fascinating documentary of this event – with two very charismatic subjects in one of their most extreme situations. Among the many high points are a hostile confrontation with a conservative cartoonist, John on long distance telephone to Berkeley, talking down protesters as things get violent there, and the recording of the classic version of “Give Peace a Chance.”
Apotheosis is a John-and-Yoko film collaboration which lifts off in a literal illustration of Ono’s career-long preoccupation with the sky. With cameraman and sound recordist inside, a hot-air balloon drifts past John and Yoko in closeup, lifts, and slowly ascends. Spending long moments inside the clouds, it finally breaks through to the magnificent sky and sun above.
Bed-In (Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 1969) 61 minutes
Apotheosis (Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 1970) 19 minutes
The Plaza Theater
1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue
Atlanta Georgia 30306
YOKO ONO: REALITY DREAMS is co-sponsored by the Atlanta
Contemporary Art Center, and the departments of Visual Arts, Women's Studies,
Film Studies, and American Studies at Emory University.
YOKO ONO: REALITY DREAMS is a Film Love event, programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love promotes awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. 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. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and was featured in Atlanta Magazine's Best of Atlanta 2009.
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