LUX Scotland are pleased to present a screening of Marion Cajori’s intimate portrait of American abstract painter, Joan Mitchell (1925 – 1992).
The film will be accompanied by contributions from artists Max Brand and Joanne Robertson, and writer and curator, Paul Pieroni.
This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand.
Image: Joan Mitchell, La Grande Vallée XVIII (Luc), 1983-1984.
Chicago-based Reinke is an artist best known for his single-channel video work, alongside a prolific output of writing which often informs his filmmaking practice. The films selected are characteristic of Reinke’s wry style of delivery – diaristic and personal, interrupted by wit, libidinal urges and the inane everyday.
The programme also features the Scottish premiere of Reinke’s new work, A Boy Needs a Friend (2015), following on from screenings at The Berlinale and New York Film Festival, as well as an introductory text written by Glasgow-based artist, Gordon Douglas. Please click here to read the text.
This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand, curated by Seán Elder and presented by LUX Scotland.
Still: Steve Reinke, Anthology of American Folk Song, 2004
As part of September’s Crossing The Line at GFT, Phoebe Amis has curated a film programme celebrating subversive uses of anger, risk, precarity and opacity by German filmmakers Helke Sander, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, and Dagmar Schultz.
Schulz’s feature-length portrait of Audre Lorde shows the eponymous African-American poet galvanising the Afro-German movement and anti-racist feminism. The documentary demonstrates another history of 1980s West German and North Atlantic social movements, rearranging the legacy of feminist filmmaker Sander. Sander’s short film about destitution and direct action unpicks narratives of social change and debates about what a feminist looks like, while Boudry/Lorenz examine the capacity for resistance in the presence of a ‘visible’ enemy.
This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand, kindly supported by Goethe Institut.
Image: Audre Lorde, 1984
LUX Scotland presents ‘Nightcleaners’ (1975), a documentary made by members of the Berwick Street Collective. The film follows the campaign to unionise women who cleaned office blocks at night, who were victimised and underpaid. Intending at the outset to make a ‘campaign film’, the Collective was forced to turn to more avant-garde forms in order to represent the forces at work between the cleaners, the Cleaner’s Action Group and the unions, as well as the complex nature of the campaign itself. An intensely self-reflexive film that implicates both filmmakers and audiences in the process of precarious and invisible labour, it has become recognised as a key work of the 1970s and an important precursor to current political art practice.
This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand.
Still: ‘Nightcleaners’, Berwick Street Collective, (1975)
LUX Scotland presents Stephen Dwoskin’s powerful ‘Pain Is…‘ (1997), an unflinching film that examines the role of pain within society. Attempting “to make an image of pain”, Dwoskin’s feature is practical and philosophical: a seamless blend of film culture and social activism.
“Pain Is… combines interviews, archival footage and Dwoskin’s thoughtful voice-over to arrive at a scrupulous anatomy of pain (encompassing disease, dental work and sadomasochism). The interviews range from those who suffer from chronic pain to those who find pleasure in wilfully inflicting pain.” (Dennis Lim, director of Film at Lincoln Centre NYC)
A teacher, designer, photographer, film director and producer, Dwoskin (1939-2012) began making films in New York in 1959 against the avant-garde backdrop of Jonas Mekas’ Film Co-op and Andy Warhol’s Factory. Dwoskin went on to become a co-founder of the London Film-Makers’ Co-Op, which was established 50 years ago and is a precursor to LUX and LUX Scotland.
This screening is introduced by LUX Scotland Director Isla Leaver-Yap for GFT’s Crossing the Line strand and is presented as part of The Radical Film Network Festival & Unconference.
Still: ‘Pain Is…‘, Stephen Dwoskin, (1997)
Sunday 8 November, GFT, Glasgow
7.15pm, £8.50/£7. Booking available online
In advance of his Margaret Tait Award commission premiere early next year, Duncan Marquiss presents his most recent film work, ‘Search Film’ (2015) and other short works. ‘Search Film’ follows the artist’s father, the biologist Dr Mick Marquiss as he tracks goshawks, an elusive bird of prey, in rural north east Scotland. The film examines the nature of searching in a variety of contexts, comparing innate foraging behaviour with shopping and browsing databases.
This screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist, Mick Marquiss and Isla Leaver-Yap, where the three will discuss both the research, inspiration and production of the film.
Image: Duncan Marquiss, ‘Search Film’, 2015.
Presented by Conal McStravick with Ed Webb-Ingall and Laura Guy
7.30pm, Sunday 5 July, GFT, Glasgow
Originally broadcast as part of the OUT series on Channel 4 in 1991, Stuart Marshall’s film documents the origins of the AIDS activist movement in the US and the UK, and the gay community’s growing anger and frustration with the inadequate response to the epidemic. While the film celebrates the real successes of this movement, it also examines the problematic debates within it concerning democracy, representation, power differentials, as well as the relationship between homophobia, racism and sexism.
London-based artist Conal McStravick, along with researchers Ed Webb-Ingall and Laura Guy, presents Over Our Dead Bodies as part of McStravick’s ongoing enquiry into the life and legacy of Marshall and his collaborators. In both their introduction and post-screening Q&A, the three will discuss what these mean now for artists concerned with this material and these issues.
This screening is part of the GFT’s Crossing the Line series, and is delivered as part of LUX Scotland’s forthcoming Artist’s Moving Image Festival (AMIF) Prologues for #amif2015 in September 2015, which will have a special profile of the legacy of Stuart Marshall.
Image: Gran Fury poster, as featured in Stuart Marshall’s Over Our Dead Bodies.
Sunday 5 October, 7.30pm, GFT, Glasgow
Tickets available from the GFT Box Office
Anne Charlotte Robertson’s Five Year Diary stands as one of the major works of diary filmmaking. An intimate chronicle of her life, they describe Robertson’s battles with depression, paranoia, and borderline schizophrenia. The diaries document Robertson’s hospitalisations, her crush on Doctor Who actor Tom Baker, the side effects of prescription medication and the death of her three-year-old niece. Robertson died of cancer in September 2012, and her work is preserved by the Harvard Film Archive.
Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Temporary Exhibitions Curator at the Wellcome Trust, will take part in a post-screening Q&A with LUX Scotland’s Isla Leaver-Yap. Copies of the Anne Charlotte Robertson: Five Year Diary publication will also be available free to ticket-holders.
Anne Charlotte Robertson: Five Year Diary is also now available as a free download, courtesy of its publishers LUX and Anxiety Arts Festival.