The F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series presents William Greaves’ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1972) on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson Building. All F.I.L.M. events are free and open to the public.
In 1968 director William Greaves filmed a scene in Central Park: an argument between a couple. At the same time, the crew was filming themselves filming the movie and the surrounding scene. The cast and crew weren’t sure the director knew what he was doing. The result was a head-spinning landmark of experimental film that playfully created a liminal space between fiction and reality, art and artifice.
Steven Soderbergh said: “I just thought it was one of the most amazing things I’d ever seen…. I couldn't believe how great it was and that it wasn't famous.” Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2015.
The theme of the spring F.I.L.M. series is “In Focus: African-Americans in Film: Rarely Screened Landmarks.”
Sunday, Feb 21: Killer of Sheep (1977) by Charles Burnett.
Sunday, Feb. 28: Losing Ground (1982), directed by Kathleen Collins; starring Seret Scott, Bill Gunn and Duane Jones.
Sunday, March 6: Film Scholar Jacqueline Stewart will explore the career of pioneer filmmaker Spencer Williams.
Sunday, April 10: Alfred Guzzetti presents old and new work.
Sunday, April 17: Erin Espelie with The Lanthanide Series (2014)
Sunday, April 24: “Music and Cinema” presented by F.I.L.M. director Scott MacDonald