TFMS’s Second Annual Film Series will explore how home movies inflect issues of gender in narrative, experimental, and documentary film. Internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmakers Michelle Citron, Daniel Reeves, and Jennifer Hardacker will be joined by film scholars and archivists Patricia Zimmermann and Pamela Wintle to screen and discuss a variety of work that incorporates home movie footage. Topics include gender and family relationships, war and masculinity, and the home movie as sociohistorical document.
Screenings begin at Cole Cinema on Feb. 2nd and last until the 23rd in weekly Monday screenings beginning at 8p.m. Screenings are free and open to the public.
Michelle Citron: Monday, February 2
For the film series, Citron will screen Daughter Rite, a ground breaking experimental narrative about mothers, daughters, and sisters, along with her work-in-progress, Leftovers.
An award-winning media artist, Michelle Citron has made numerous media pieces, including the CD-ROMs As American as Apple Pie, Cocktails and Appetizers, and Mixed Greens, as well as the acclaimed films What You Take for Granted (1984) and Daughter Rite (1980).
Citron’s work has been shown at museums and film festivals around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, The Kennedy Center, the American Film Institute, and the New Directors, Berlin, London, and Edinburgh film festivals. Her award-winning book, Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions (1999), has been cited for its “extraordinary blend of autobiographical and film writing which offers a radical new way of thinking and writing about film.”
Recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Filmmaking Grants and a National Endowment for the Humanities Media Grant, Citron is chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College, Chicago.
Daniel Reeves: Monday, February 9
Daniel Reeves has worked in sculpture, film, video, and installation since 1970. His works are held by numerous international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk, Amsterdam; and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Recipient of numerous national and international prizes, including three Emmy Awards for Smothering Dreams (1981), an autobiographical film that deals with the myths and realities of war through his experience in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, his films and videos focus on personal, political, and spiritual themes, from socially condoned violence to the divine nature of existence.
Reeves will screen the award-winning Obsessive Becoming (1995), along with his work-in-progress, End-to-End, a time-based digital installation in triptych format. Obsessive Becoming is a film that combines family psychological and physical abuse with war and technological iconography, infusing the construction of masculinity in the twentieth century. Blending old technologies like family photos and home movies with new digital imaging systems, the film refutes the borders between media, families, nations, and identities, morphing them all into a continuous stream of history, memory, fantasy and political ethics.
-Submitted by Mark Rhoda