An Evening with Jane Wodening
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
An Evening with Jane Wodening
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 7:30 pm
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
In Person: Writer Jane Wodening!
Join us for a very special evening, a first for Los Angeles, a visit from the writer Jane Wodening, (fka Jane Brakhage), featuring classic avant-garde films by Stan Brakhage, Barbara Hammer, Jonas Mekas, and new films by Nathaniel Dorsky and Mark Street!
Now in her 9th decade, Wodening played an unheralded but critical role in the American avant-garde film movement.
Jane Wodening, born Mary Jane Collom in Western Springs, IL (1936), spent thirty years as the first wife of film artist Stan Brakhage,(1957-1987) then for over two years lived in her car, driving all over America, producing the book, Driveabout. She has always loved animals and has written many short stories about them and about her encounters with them, including biographies and portraits, as well as numerous other short stories of people and adventures. She writes to understand what shes writing about, so all of her writing is basically a study of facts and details in story form. After her Driveabout period, she lived alone in a tiny cabin at 10,000 feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains (1990), producing Living Up There while getting out several collections of short stories. In 2004, she moved to Denver and in 2009 commenced publication of the several as yet unpublished full-size books, including the two mentioned above, also Wolf Dictionary, The Lady Orangutan and Other Stories, Animals Ive Neglected to Mention, and Brakhages Childhood. She is now working on a brief biography of the earth.
Brakhage: When Light Meets Life by Max Nelson
Essay in NY Review of Books, reflecting on Jane and Stans filmic relationship.
Note the change in ticketing for our events at the Egyptian Theatre. Advance paid tickets will be reserved through the American Cinematheque site; Filmforum members will reserve through Brown Paper Tickets. At the theatre on the night of the show, tickets will be available through the Egyptian Theatre ticket window.
Tickets: $12 general; $8 students (with ID)/seniors; $8 for American Cinematheque members; free for Filmforum Members. Paid tickets available in advance through the American Cinematheque from Fandango at https://www.fandango.com/egyptian-theatre-hollywood-aaofx/theater-page?date=2020-03-08 or at the door.
Filmforum member tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door.
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By Stan Brakhage, 1959, 16mm, color silent, 6.5 min.
"Sexual witchcraft involving two couples and a 'medium' cat." - Cinema 16
The film is both visceral and meditative. Its rapid montage ensures that no single image ever lasts for very long; each precise yet casual framing is there and then gone again before it has fully registered. And yet the cumulative mood of the film is languid rather than frenetic, despite the pace of the editing. It creates a vivid and powerfully felt impression of a lazy morning, of lovers lounging around the house, enjoying one another's company, doing routine chores or doing nothing. The repetition of images enhances this impression: the same shots of Brakhage and Jane recur again and again, reinforcing the languor of this morning. This is a deeply affecting film, an ode to domesticity. It is sensual without being explicitly sexual; its pleasures, as in many of Brakhage's best films, are the pleasures of the world, the pleasures especially of vision and sensation. -- http://seul-le-cinema.blogspot.com/2011/01/films-i-love-50-cats-cradle-stan.html
An excerpt from Walden
By Jonas Mekas, 1968, color, sound, 10 minute excerpt on Blu-Ray
Hymn to Her
Stan Brakhage, 1974, 16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min.
"HER" to me is always Jane, in the first place, but also Hera: "goddess of women and marriage," naturally enough. Then, too, as it is a hymn of light, and as he/me feels the self that way, it sings of and to itself.
By Barbara Hammer, 1974, 16mm, b&w, sound, 10 min.
A documentary on the pioneer woman, her wisdom, philosophy and common sense: Jane Brakhage as herself is the viewpoint rather than Jane Brakhage, wife of the filmmaker, Stan Brakhage.
This film was preserved by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation's Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
In October 1973, filmmaker Barbara Hammer typed a letter to filmmakers wife Jane Brakhage asking if she could visit her at home in the mountains of Colorado, to make a film of you, a woman looking at a woman. At the time, Hammer was still a student in the MA program at San Francisco State University, and she planned to submit this film as her Masters thesis. Jane responded with a handwritten letter saying I guess, but she also wrote, My feeling is that what I am or anybody is is like the electron. When you try to shine a light on it, the light beam knocks it away. Hammer responded by writing, electron or not, I want to try. The short film that Hammer completed one year later, Jane Brakhage (1974), took the form of a 10-minute experimental documentary. Shot on black-and-white 16mm, the film presents a glimpse of Jane in her home and immediate surroundings in the Rocky Mountains, conversing with animals, explaining her ideas about domestic labor as a creative form, and describing her homegrown posthumanist philosophy of the world.
Hammers Jane Brakhage is both an homage and a rebuttal to the many films of Jane made by her husband Stan Brakhage, which relentlessly visualize her as a symbol of transcendent femininity, confined to the gendered roles of heterosexual lover, wife, mother, and birthing body. Hammers film of Jane, one of many cinematic studies of women she would make over the next 45 years, pursues a different set of ideas about femininity and a different kind of cinematic portraiture. Hammers Jane Brakhage combines a feminist portrayal of Janes domestic labor with an interest in Janes deep connection to animals, plants, and nature. The film resonates with a tension between conflicting impulses, including a critique of Janes role as a disempowered housewife and a veneration of Janes persona as a singular kind of earth mother. The finished film is an ardent and delightful portrait of Jane and Hammer together for a brief moment, and bears visual testimony to Hammers own working through of 1970s feminist aesthetics and politics. Jennifer Peterson
By Stan Brakhage, 1979, 16mm, color, silent, 17 min.
"... almost like the Earth itself - the green ice-covered rocks, the slicing feeling, the compressive feeling of the glaciers. The whole time I was watching I kept thinking that you were a master of the North, the arctic landscape - the dark red flowers in the dusky light, the deep blue light, the tall trees with the running mists, and Jane looking ... the ice, the water, the moss, the golden light. A visual symphony ...." - Hollis Melton
So Many Ideas Impossible to Do All
Mark Street, 2019, digital, color, sound, 11 min.
Los Angeles premiere!
By Nathaniel Dorsky, 2019, 16mm, 18 fps, 22 min., color, silent, 22 min.
Los Angeles Premiere!
The title Apricity refers to the warmth of the sun in winter. It is an homage to the writer Jane (Brakhage) Wodening. In speaking to her I mused, "perhaps your age is the winter and you are the warmth of the sun." N.D
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Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Feb 29 Co-sponsoring Tribute to Carolee Schneemann events at REDCAT
Mar 7 Co-sponsoring Isaac Julien at REDCAT
Mar 8 - Jane Wodening, at the Spielberg Theatre
Mar 10 - Tues - Luis Macias, at the Echo Park Film Center
Mar 12 - Thurs - Patterns-related show, at MOCA
Mar 15 - M68 show, at the Spielberg Theatre
Mar 21 - Co-presenting Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill, with Dirty Looks, at the Echo Park Film Center
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