Dial P for Pagan: Madeline Schwartzman's Campus of Curiosities Shown on 16mm Film!
Date: Wednesday, December 2nd
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY
The filmmaker will be present at the event to talk about the works following the screening
The Morbid Anatomy Museum is pleased to present a screening of Madeline Schwartzman's trio of exquisitely produced pagan cinematic concoctions. These works have not been seen in New York in several years -- to make the occasion all the more exceptional all three will be presented on 16mm analog film.
The three films comprising Schwartzman's mythic opus are Soma Sema (1993), The Begat (1994), and Dial P For Pagan (1995). During a lecture on black holes the path to Hades is found through by way of a university physics hall featuring the signer Ann Hampton Callaway in the role of Orpheus journeying to retrieve Eurydice. Eve and Lilith having a showdown over Adam to the rollicking accompaniment of the Balkan brass band Zlatne Uste. A group of dusty, tenured male professors secretly take part in the rituals of the ancient Roman religious cult to the pagan god Mithras.
New York actor an Allan Lewis Rickman (A Serious Man, Boardwalk Empire) is the waggish star of all three films.
Madeline Schwartzman is a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect, and a professor at Columbia University and at Parsons: the New School for Design. Her work explores human narratives and the human sensorium though social art, book writing, curating, and experimental film and video making. Her book See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception (Black Dog Publishing, London 2011) is a collection of futuristic proposals for the body and the senses. Her forthcoming book See Yourself X (Black Dog Publishing, London 2015) looks at the future of the human head and its extension into space via technology, fashion, culture and art. Since May of 2013, every time she rides the subway, she asks a stranger to write a poem. That project365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkerswas recently featured on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, PBS Weekend News Hour, and on the cover of the Greater New York section of the Wall Street Journal (www.poemsbynewyorkers.com). Schwartzman's films and videos have screened at festivals in the United States and abroad, most recently at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Walker Art Center.
This Event is presented by Joel Schlemowitz, Morbid Anatomy Arcane Media Specialist.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.
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424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215