Conversations at the Edge

November 8- Lawrence Jordan: Beyond Enchantment

Posted by | Robyn Farrell | Posted on | November 5, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 6 p.m. | Lawrence Jordan in person!

Image from Beyond Enchantment (Lawrence Jordan, 2010). Courtesy of the artist.

Best known for his singular cutout animation style, the films of avant-garde great Lawrence Jordan channel the unconscious through surreal compositions of found graphics, drawings, and engravings. Jordan co-founded Canyon Cinema, collaborated with the likes of Stan Brakhage and Joseph Cornell, and continues to make groundbreaking work to this day. This program includes the celebrated classic, Our Lady of the Sphere (1969), the poetic documentary Visions of a City (1978), and recent college films Beyond Enchantment and Cosmic Alchemy (2010), among others.

Presented in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center, which screens a second program of Jordan’s work November 9.

LAWRENCE JORDAN (b. 1934, Denver, CO) is an independent filmmaker who has been working in the Bay Area in California since 1955, and making films since 1952. He has produced some 40 experimental and animation films, and three feature-length dramatic films. He is most widely known for his animated collage films. In 1970 he received a Guggenheim award to make Sacred Art of Tibet, and his animation has shown by invitation at the Cannes Film Festival. Jordan is one of the founding directors of Canyon Cinema Cooperative, and he has shown films and lectured throughout the country.


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