Los Angeles Filmforum presents Wheeler Winston Dixon: From Ancient History to A Hundred Years from Today
Wheeler Winston Dixon in person!
Almost all LA premieres!
Filmforum hosts filmmaker, cultural theorist, and film and digital historian Wheeler Winston Dixon for his first-ever screening in Los Angeles! Based in Nebraska, and most known as a writer, Dixon has been producing eye-opening films and videos since the late 1960s. The program will include a pair of his earlier films, Serial Metphysics, “an examination of the American lifestyle recut entirely from existing television advertisements” (Joshua Siegel) and Stargrove, a dense collage work. We’ll be featuring a wide array of his digital work of the past four years, a remarkable array of digital manipulations of appropriated footage to produce works of social and aesthetic reflection, using technological means to critique the technological and consumerist obsessions of today.
"There are already enough images in the world. In my videos, I prefer to use existing imagery, playing with it to the point of abstraction to create an other-worldly experience. Although the original images are rooted in the real world, the final product exists in a phantom zone, existing only as long as the image is projected on the screen. At the same time, I hope to seduce the viewer into believing that however unreal these images are, they still have some sort of temporal reality. It is this gap between the actual and the imagined that informs all of my work." - Wheeler Winston Dixon
Tickets: $10 general; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum Members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://wwdixon.bpt.me or at the door.
For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238.
About the Filmmaker:
The James Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Wheeler Winston Dixon is a teacher, filmmaker, the author of more than thirty books, and over a hundred articles. From 1999 to 2014, he was the co-editor in chief (with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) of the journal Quarterly Review of Film and Video.
Dixon's films have been screened at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives, Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam), Studio 44 (Stockholm), La lumière collective (Montréal), The BWA Katowice Museum (Poland), The Microscope Gallery, The National Film Theatre (UK), The Jewish Museum, The Millennium Film Workshop, The San Francisco Cinématheque, The Collective for Living Cinema, The Oberhausen Film Festival, and elsewhere.
Among his books on film are The Exploding Eye: A Re-Visionary History of 1960s American Experimental Cinema (State University of New York Press, 1997); Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader, edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster (Routledge Press, 2002); Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access (University Press of Kentucky, 2013); Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood (Rutgers University Press, 2012); A Short History of Film, Third Edition (co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) (Rutgers University Press, 2018).
Dixon's complete film work from 1966 to 2003 is archived in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Dixon's contemporary video work is collected in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. http://www.wheelerwinstondixon.com
Los Angeles Filmforum screenings are supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2019 is our 44th year.
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