One Big Box Begets Another: Films by Roger Beebe
Visiting the Bay Area on a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, filmmaker and performance cinema practitioner Roger Beebe appears in person to present a mini-retrospective of work reflecting the filmmakers wry humor, observational wit and personally crafted approach to film/video collage, including elaborate multi-projector works and recent examples of desktop cinemajournalistic essay films reflecting the mediated online experience and personal responses to current eventsand more. The Comic Sans Video (2018), considers racialized ideologies embedded in fonts and typefaces in the context of Black Lives Matter protests and discourses. The epic essay Amazonia (2018) muses essay on the overlooked physical spaces of the internet as well as the conditions of alienated labor (de)evolution of urban space in the era of e-commerce while [sic] series (2014) is a sickly surreal found footage collision, a three-part dysfunctional funhouse of fragments. Program also includes two world premieresde rerum natura (2019), an ambivalent consideration of on nature and beauty in the context of late capitalism and Lineage (for Norman McLaren), an overwhelming, laser-etched, hand-processed, loop-based performance for four 16mm projectors, presented live by the master film manipulator himself.
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