November 14 – Tirtza Even: Natural Life

Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m. | Special preview screening | Tirtza Even in person!  For more than 15 years, video artist and documentary filmmaker Tirtza Even has created a body of work that addresses an array of complex social and political issues in Palestine, Turkey, Spain, Germany, and the US. She presents a special preview of her […]

Interview with Brett Kashmere

Could you tell us a little bit about the project you’ll be screening for Conversations at the Edge this fall? From Deep is a 90-minute experimental documentary about the game of basketball and its shifting place within 20th century American history and culture. It toggles between essay and mixtape, and draws its material from a wide […]

Interview with Erin Cosgrove

Could you tell us a little bit about the program you’ll be screening for Conversations at the Edge this fall? A Heart Lies Beneath comes from my 7 Romance Novels Project—which is what it sounds like, sort of—7 romance novels written by 7 different authors, all of them named Erin Cosgrove. They are satires that […]

April 18 – twohundredfiftysixcolors

Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. | Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus in person! World Premiere! Crafted from thousands of animated GIFs (the file format used to create simple, looping animations online) twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an internet page signpost, the file type has evolved […]

April 11 – An Evening with Rosa Barba

Thursday, April 11 | Rosa Barba in person! German-Italian artist Rosa Barba’s work takes shape through artists’ books, sculptural film-based installations, and short films. Often set in monumental, even menacing landscapes, her films combine documentary, performance, and science fiction tropes to examine surreal confrontations between nature, humans, and their technologies. Her subjects include life in the […]

April 4 – Spin/Verso/Contour: An Evening with Hannes Schüpbach

Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m. | Hannes Schüpbach in person! The films of renowned Swiss artist Hannes Schüpbach are lyrical, often transcendent portraits of people, spaces, and everyday life. A painter, performance artist, and expert on textile art, Schüpbach weaves together light, gesture, and a keen attentiveness to the material world into meticulously structured compositions. His films, […]

March 30 – L.A. Rebellion

Saturday, March 30, 12:30 p.m. | ENCORE SCREENING From the early 1970s through the late 1980s, a group of African and African American filmmakers emerged from UCLA’s film school with a body of provocative and visionary works.  Referred to now as the L.A. Rebellion, this group would have a radical impact on black cinematic practice and […]

March 28 – L.A. Rebellion

Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m. | Filmmakers Ben Caldwell, Barbara McCullough, and O.Funmilayo Makarah in person! Introduced by co-curator Jacqueline Stewart! In the 1970s and 80s, a group of young African and African American filmmakers emerged from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television with a body of provocative and visionary works that would have […]

Interview with Karen Yasinsky

Ali Aschman and Jeremy Bessoff in conversation with Karen Yasinsky on the occasion of the screening ‘Fire is a Fact: An Evening with Karen Yasinsky’, a program of short puppet and hand-drawn animations from 1999 to 2012. Ali: When Jim Trainor introduced you last night at Conversations at the Edge, he described your work as […]

February 21 – Fire is a Fact: An Evening with Karen Yasinsky

Thursday, February 21, 6 p.m. | Karen Yasinsky in person! In the strange and seductive animated films of Baltimore-based artist Karen Yasinsky, an eyeless woman is abandoned in a landscape of wolves, boys writhe restlessly in a cowboy-papered room, and characters from Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante (1934) and Robert Bresson’s Au Hazard Balthazar (1966) act out […]