Lewis Klahr's Films About Childhood at The Velaslavasay Panorama

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November 3, 2009

  Automata and The Velaslavasay Panorama Present:

From 45 to 33

Lewis Klahr's Films About Childhood
A Special Conversation between Film Scholar Tom Gunning and Filmmaker Lewis Klahr






       Saturday, November 7, 2009
        8 o'clock pm
         Tickets $10 {$8 VPES members, Students, Seniors}
       Seating is limited ~ advance tickets are recommended and are availablehere

Automata and The Velaslavasay Panorama welcome acclaimed experimental filmmaker Lewis Klahr, who will present a rare Los Angeles screening of his early films, including the series PICTURE BOOKS FOR ADULTS {1983-85, 45 minutes}, and his epic cutout masterpiece THE PHARAOH'S BELT {1994, 43 minutes}. In addition to the screening, we also welcome renowned film scholar Tom Gunning, who will join Lewis Klahr in discussing his films and artistic process.


Called the "reigning proponent of cut and paste" by critic J. Hoberman of the Village Voice, master collagist Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. A Guggenhein Fellow whose work has screened at several Whitney Biennials, he is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic experimental films and cutout animations, which have been screened extensively at museums and festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

Tom Gunning is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department on Cinema and Media at the University of Chicago. He is the author of D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film and The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity, along with numerous articles on early film, avant garde film, and cinema and modernity. He is currently a visiting Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute.

This presentation has been funded in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance and The Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiast Society.