Pioneers: Alice Guy Blaché Program

88 minutes, Digital

Director: Alice Guy Blaché

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Distributor: Kino Lorber

Filmmaker and JHU Film and Media Studies Lecturer Karen Yasinsky will host a discussion after the 11/27 screening.

Karen Yasinsky is an artist and filmmaker working with experimental film, animation and drawing. She teaches courses dealing with the aesthetics of film language, animation, surrealism and experimental video. She is a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome. Her video installations and drawings have been shown in many venues internationally including the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, NY, UCLA Hammer Museum, LA, the Wexner Center, Columbus, Kunst Werke, Berlin and Museum Folkwang, Essen. Her films and videos have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festivals Views from the Avant Garde, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Images Festival, San Francisco International, Crossroads and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Best Sound 2013). She is also the recipient of the Baker Award.

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Short Film: (Pictured)
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Series sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.