Microscope welcomes Roger Beebe back to the gallery for the last Event of our 2014-15 Season. For the evening, Beebe has curated a night of selections from a decade of FLEXFest by filmmakers working outside of the tradition epicenters of experimental film New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago.
With works by Drew Christie, Lauren Cook, Christopher Harris, Jason LaRay Keener and J. Ledbetter, Jesse McLean, Jodie Mack, Kristin Reeves, Kelly Sears, Brendan and Jeremy Smyth, Scott Stark, Robert Todd.
Curated by Roger Beebe
admission $6 - curator in person
"One of the unique institutional/historical characteristics of experimental filmmaking in the U.S. is that many of the great experimental filmmaking and film exhibition centers have not been in our major cities. Instead, especially as experimental film found its way into colleges and universities, thriving experimental film cultures have sprung up in unlikely places—Binghamton, Buffalo, Ann Arbor, Athens, Iowa City, Boulder, etc., etc., etc.
Having lived, worked, and run a film festival in such a place (Gainesville, Florida, “the Paris of North Central Florida”) for a decade, I became acutely aware that often this history gets effaced or overshadowed by the tales of the scenes in our major cities: New York (above all), San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago (more or less in that order). This program is designed to shine a light on some important contemporary makers scattered around the fifty states whose work often embodies a different practice that develops in the semi-autonomy of their local scenes. This program presents just a small sampling of such work, drawn from my decade at the helm of FLEXfest.
... Many of these makers have spent time in the “centers” before settling in the “periphery.” And surely their work is marked by that passage, which has often included schooling at one of the canonical art programs (like Jodie Mack at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Certainly almost all have also screened in the center/those centers at one time or another. But I would still argue that there’s something unique about the trajectory that these makers have taken through the world and that that trajectory is reflected in the work itself. This program is designed to make a case for that specificity and to serve as an incentive to dig deeper into this “cinema of the margins” at the geographical peripheries of experimental film." - RB
Roger Beebe has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art, with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Los Angeles Filmforum, among many other venues. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival from 2004-2014. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University.
More info and full program HERE