Light Years: The Films & Videos of Gunvor Nelson

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | November 16, 2006

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 6pm | Gunvor Nelson in person!

Gunvor Nelson, Natural Features (1990). Image courtesy of the artist.
Gunvor Nelson, Natural Features (1990). Image courtesy of the artist.

One of the few women to emerge from San Francisco’s heady independent film scene of the 1960s, Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Nelson has produced one of the great bodies of work in experimental film. Her works are at once intimate studies of life’s emotional landscapes and sensual explorations of image and sound, built up through lush compositions and lyrical montages. Tonight, in a rare North American appearance, Nelson will present the first in a three-part overview of her work, including the Midwest premiere of her latest video, New Evidence (2006); along with her first film, the visceral and brash Schmeerguntz (w/Dorothy Wiley, 1966); the lyrical Moon’s Pool (1973) and the stunning collage film, Natural Features (1990). Light Years is co-presented by CATE, the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, and Chicago Filmmakers. Part two screens Friday, November 17 at the Film Studies Center. Part three screens Saturday, November 18 at Chicago Filmmakers. 1966-2006, Gunvor Nelson, Sweden/USA, ca. 85 min, various formats.

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