F.I.L.M. Series to Screen Seminal Avante-Garde Films
The F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series will present Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, co-made with Alexander Hammid), At Land (1944) and Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946) on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson Building. The event, organized by Professor Scott MacDonald, is free and open to the public.
Maya Deren is generally considered the mother of American avant-garde cinema because of the films she made and the passion with which she fought for them. Deren’s belief that Hollywood was “a major obstacle to the definition and development of motion pictures as a creative fine-art form” led her to explore alternative forms of expression.
In addition, renowned cellist Kristin Miller will accompany the three films with her own compositions. Miller was named 2004 Female Artist of the Year by Jam Magazine. Critic William A. Huffman called Miller “a master of her instrument,” saying that she “knows how to get what she wants from it, musically and emotionally.”