Upcoming Film Screenings in LA for Nina Menkes, Lewis Klahr, and Thom Andersen

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Screenings and film programs that focus on works by CalArts faculty Nina Menkes, Lewis Klahr, and Thom Andersen (faculty emeritus) take place next week in Los Angeles.

Thom Andersen in a white collared shirt and blue blazer sits at a table with notepads with a bookcase at left.
Thom Andersen | Image: Courtesy of the filmmaker

On Monday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm, the Academy Museum screens three of Andersen’s short films from the 1960s. The prints, restored from the Academy Film Archive, accompany the filmmaker’s 2010 acclaimed short “Get Out of the Car.” Marking his return to 16 mm film, “Get Out of the Car” is an exploratory walkabout through a gentrified Los Angeles set to a soundtrack of Richard Berry’s eponymous song.

Andersen also joins in person for a discussion of his work, followed by a presentation of his 1974 documentary Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer.

Trailer for ‘Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power’ by Nina Menkes.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Women in Media, Kino Lorber, Out of the Box (Office), and the USC School of Cinematic Arts host a screening, panel discussion, and party for School of Film/Video faculty Nina Menkes and her latest film BRAINWASHED: Sex-Camera-Power. The documentary highlights film clips by A-list directors from 1896 through to the present, showing how shot design contributes to a pervasive sexism and fosters an environment of sexual harassment and assault—especially in the film industry. 

Following the screening, Tema L. Staig, Women In Media executive director, moderates a panel discussion with Menkes; director Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, 13, Twilight); Sandra Valde Hansen; cinematographer/educator (The L Word: Generation Q, Now Apocalypse, Plan B); and Sandra de Castro Buffington, co-producer, Brainwashed and founder, UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact.

A networking event at Greenleaf Restaurant event (929 W. Jefferson Blvd. #1650) with light bites from 4 to 6:15 pm precedes the screening.

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Collage artist, filmmaker, and School of Theater faculty Lewis Klahr’s latest film The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness has its US premiere at the Academy Museum on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm.

Klahr notes: “My latest feature length series of collage films, The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness, is a compilation of six films created between 2015 and 2020. Focused primarily around thematics of love, it is both porous and dense, a cinema of shifting moods and engagements that offers a tactile exploration of elliptical narrative. Like a waking dream, what can be clearly described in words is less significant than what can be felt.”

The filmmaker introduces The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness in person.  

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PUBLISHED BY Christine N. Ziemba

Christine is the director of Content at CalArts, responsible for the Institute's editorial in both print and online platforms. In addition, she oversees CalArts' social media accounts. In her spare time, she writes about the Santa Clarita food scene at scvfoodie.com.

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