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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
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As a companion/sequel to Los Angeles Filmforums May 8 program The Birth Film, The Death Film will feature a selection of American experimental films dealing in various modes and moods with the subject of death and dying, including films by Barbara Hammer, Martha Colburn, Stan Brakhage, Vanessa Renwick, Gus Van Sant, and more.

Perhaps the bottom-line absolute most unifying factor in our disparate lives, the subject of death has also been handled by countless artists in countless media since the dawn of humanity.  Death provokes such a radical multiplicity of feelings across contexts that a grouping of films on the subject should perhaps do the same.  The films in this program range from irreverent celebration to sober confrontation, from empathic projection to abstract rumination, and many points in between.  

Mike Henderson, Barbara Hammer, and Dorothy Wiley approach death with gestures of confusion and empathy, while Standish Lawder and Martha Colburn deliver playful yet ominous entries on the subject.  Vanessa Renwick and Gunvor Nelson confront death and dying head-on, with poetry and unflinching sobriety, Gus Van Sant and Robert Nelson pay loving and humorous tribute, and Stan Brakhage suggests a sad but sweet memorializing form of expression.

Program approximately 75 minutes.

Program curated by Mark Toscano.  Special thanks to: Antonella Bonfanti & Seth Mitter (Canyon Cinema), May Haduong & Cassie Blake (Academy Film Archive), Vanessa Renwick, and Gus Van Sant.


Cannot Exist
Stan Brakhage, 1994, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 2m

Deep Westurn
Robert Nelson, 1974, 16mm, color, sound, 5m
Preserved by and courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Standish Lawder, 1970, 16mm, b/w, sound, 12m
Preserved by and courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Martha Colburn, 2002, 16mm, color, sound, 8m

Just Another Notion
Mike Henderson, 1983, 16mm, color, sound, 3m

Vital Signs
Barbara Hammer, 1991, color, silent 9m

Whered She Go?
Gus Van Sant, 1982, digital (orig 16mm), color, sound, 3m

9 is a Secret
Vanessa Renwick, 2002, video, b/w & color, sound, 6m

Miss Jesus Fries on Grill
Dorothy Wiley, 1973, 16mm, color, sound, 12m

Time Being
Gunvor Nelson, 1991, 16mm, b/w, silent 24fps, 8m

Cannot Not Exist
Stan Brakhage, 1994, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 10m


This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Additional support generously provided by the American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2016 is our 41st year.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
May 22: Dead Slow Ahead (w/ director Mauro Herce in person!) @ The Egyptian

Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.
Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org.
Become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LosAngFilmforum


Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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