EYESPEAK (IMA student club) is having a screening of Leslie Thornton’s experimental documentaries (anti-docs). A discussion lead by Jill Godmilow will follow.
Thursday, April 24th – 7PM in room HN502
About the Filmmakers:
The seminal and enigmatic media artist Leslie Thornton straddles the media and art worlds and is known for addressing a range of charged subjects. Her work ventures into the highly imaginative and quasi-fantastic, and is often arranged in serial or episode format, incorporating distinctly “post-modern” combinations of archival and original footage, moving and still images. Thornton’s early experiments in film, video, and installation helped blaze a trail for video artists, along with Chris Marker, Chantal Akerman, and others. She has received many awards, including the Maya Deren Award, the first Alpert Award in the Arts for media, a nomination for the Hugo Boss Award, two Rockefeller Fellowships, and she is a current Guggenheim Fellow. Her work has been shown across the world, in such venues as dOCUMENTA; MoMA PS1: Centre Pompidou; Tate Modern and the Serpentine Gallery in London, and at the New York and Rotterdam Film Festivals, among others.
Jill Godmilow has been producing and directing award-winning non-fiction and narrative films since 1966, including ANTONIA: A PORTRAIT OF THE WOMAN (1974); FAR FROM POLAND (1984), WAITING FOR THE MOON (1987): ROY COHN/JACK SMITH (1995); WHAT FAROCKI TAUGHT, (1997); and LEAR ’87 ARCHIVE (CONDENSED), (2003). Her work has been recognized by the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, nominated for an Academy Award, and featured at the Whitney Biennial, the Sundance Film Festival (1st prize for Waiting for the Moon), and many others. She has been interviewed in American Film, Afterimage, In These Times, History and Theory, Text Performance Quarterly. In 2003, ANTONIA was added to the prestigious National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. All her films are archived at the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research. She has just retired from 20 years of teaching film production and critical courses in the Department of Film, Television & Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.