Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March 6 underground screening

Hello all, this week underground will present the Stan Brakhage epic Tortured Dust. This is a great chance to see one of Brakhage's greatest achievements, a powerful film that is rarely screened.
Filmmaker and scholar R. Bruce Elder has called Tortured Dust Stan Brakhage's major project of the 1980s. A four-part, silent film dealing with many of Brakhage's familiar themes (domesticity, mythopoesis, visual perception), it is often overlooked in his enormous body of work. Refracting the break-up of Brakhage's first marriage through thematized colors, expressive use of focus, and his characteristic editing rhythms, the film can be seen in some ways as a sequel to his 1960s monument, Dog Star Man. (90 min.)
The underground film series is sponsored by Indiana University's Department of Communication and Culture. All screenings are on alternating Fridays at 7 p.m. in room 251 of the Radio-TV building on the IU campus. All screenings are free and open to the public, and free parking is ample in the lot adjacent to the building, provided you clearly display an underground flyer on the dashboard of your vehicle.