North on Evers

Thursday, February 26, 2004, 8pm The road movie, home movie, and personal diary are combined spectacularly in this captivating, subtle work by leading independent filmmaker James Benning (11 X 14; Landscape Suicide; The California Trilogy). Benning took a meandering, cross-country motorcycle trip and kept a diary; he then revisited, a year later, the sites and […]

Sensory Overload: Six Frenetic Films

Thursday, February 18, 2004, 8pm Paul Sharits, T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1968). From the School of the Art Institute’s collection of landmark structuralist and materialist films, student Zachary Hall has selected six gems to tickle the eye and the imagination: In Passage a l’acte (1993), Martin Arnold transforms a clip from To Kill a Mockingbird into a museum of […]

Heaven and Earth Magic

Thursday, February 12, 2004, 8pm A magician dismembers a woman and tries to put her back together.  Such is the plot of this unique feature-length animation, created with 19th-century engravings and compulsive single-mindedness by Harry Smith (1923-1991), beatnik musicologist and one of cinema’s greatest outsiders. As its cutout protagonists undertake mystical journeys of uncertain purpose, […]

Threads of Belonging

Thursday, February 5, 2004, 8pm Jennifer Montgomery in person! Doctors and their schizophrenic patients live together at Layton House, the therapeutic community at the center of Jennifer Montgomery’s startling study of suffering and idealism. Based on the anti-psychiatry movement and the writings of R.D. Laing, Threads of Belonging is shot in a documentary style but […]