March 30, 2017, 7pm
Free and open to the public
Handmade Film explores various ways in which experimental filmmakers have created films without using a camera. From affixing the wings of dead moths directly onto the filmstrip (Stan Brackhage’s 1963 classic Mothlight) to using nail polish and bleach in order to transform ‘70s softcore porn into a satire on the male gaze (Naomi Uman’s 1999 film Removed) these playful and mesmerizing works challenge traditional conceptions of how to make a film.
The Tang Teaching Museum’s new series Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. This is the first of our three inaugural programs this spring, which are thematic and director-focused collections of canonical films that will serve as an introduction to experimental filmmaking practice. The themes for upcoming programs are Subversion (April 1) and Soft Fiction (April 8). These films subvert, challenge, and play with classical Hollywood narrative and stylistic conventions.
Whole Grain is programmed by Sean Fuller, Store and Publications Manager, Tang Teaching Museum; Nicky Tavares, Visual and Digital Media Mellon Fellow, Skidmore College; and Tom Yoshikami, Educator for College and Public Programs, Tang Museum. This event is free and open to the public.