THE INFINITE CHILD: Small Steps, Giant Leaps
Monday, October 19, 7:00pm @ Anthology Film Archives.
D.A. Pennebaker will screen his rarely seen film ELIZABETH AND MARY and will be present for a post-screening discussion.
2015 Flaherty NYC: THE INFINITE CHILD is programmed by Sukhdev Sandhu.
To be a child is to be a member of a social minority to which everyone has belonged. And yet, far from this endowing them with hallowed status, children today are increasingly under attack: they are enclosed and spatially squeezed; relentlessly tested at school; targeted by capitalism; patronized as technology-obsessed brats. THE INFINITE CHILD tells a different story: it highlights filmmakers – avant -garde, activist, Direct Cinema legends – who have explored the freedom, defiance, illegibility, inner strength and radicalism of children. These artists – sometimes lyrical, sometimes wonderfully maniacal – not only treat children as experimental spaces and with a tenderness that is lacking in more generic representations; they search for the enduring and liberating spirit of childhood on stage and in institutions such as art schools.
Artists include: Nicolas Philibert, D.A. Pennebaker, Narimane Mari, Redmond Entwistle, Patricia Holland, Leslie Thornton, Guy Sherwin, Katie Halper, Anna Lucas, John McManus.
Elizabeth and Mary
Directed by D.A. Pennebaker
(USA, 60 min, 1965, digital)
Directed by Guy Sherwin
(UK, 34 min, 1981-1984, 35mm)
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
The films of London-based GUY SHERWIN (b.1948) have been included in many major surveys of artists’ film: Film As Film (Hayward Gallery, 1979), Live In Your Head (Whitechapel Gallery, 2000), Shoot Shoot Shoot (Tate Modern, 2002). Recent performances include Performa Biennale, NYC (2013) and Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Seoul (2014).
D.A. PENNEBAKER (b.1925) made his first film, Daybreak Express, in 1953. Since then, with features such as Primary (1960), Don’t Look Back (1967) and The War Room (1993), he helped pioneer Direct Cinema and is widely acclaimed as one of the foremost American documentarians.
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Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives: 32 Second Ave. (@2nd St.)
(Tickets on sale at the box office day of screening)