Binghamton University film series resumes with fall movie line-up


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Harpur Cinema Department at Binghamton University has announced its fall visiting film and video artists series. The films, which are shown at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Hall 6 on the Binghamton University campus, are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, October 11: Visiting artist, Nathaniel Dorsky
The program will include:

-       Sarabande (2008) - 15 minutes, color, silent.

-       Compline.  (2009) - 18.5 minutes, color, silent.

-       Aubade.  (2010) – 11.5 minutes, color, silent.

-       Winter.  (2008) – 21.5 minutes, color, silent.

Tuesday Oct. 18: Visiting artist, Dani Leventhal

Program to include:

-       Draft 9 (2003) and other videos.

At once tender and savage, Leventhal's video diaries capture the banal and the horrific to reveal the transcendent beauty and pain of daily life. In the award-winning, Draft 9 (2003), Leventhal cuts between skinned animals, salsa dancers, a Holocaust-survivor, and her own romantic liaisons to create, in the words of critic Genevieve Yue, “something that is extraordinarily immediate, both fresh and painful, hard to watch and yet impossible not to watch.”

Leventhal studied sculpture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received an MFA in Film/Video from Bard College. She received the Visual Arts Award from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and produced a limited edition book and video, Skim Milk and Soft Wax at the Women's Studio Workshop with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation.  In 2011, she received the Wexner Center for the Arts Capital R Award.

Tuesday, Nov. 8; Visiting artist, Vincent Grenier

Vincent Grenier teaches cinema at Binghamton University. He is a North American artist born in Quebec City and who now resides in the United States. As well as being a vital member of the New York avant-garde movement, he was also a frequent contributor to the San Francisco and Montreal Art scenes of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Grenier was a pioneer film programmer, first for Canyon Cinema, later renamed the San Francisco Cinematheque, and then for the Collective for Living Cinema in New York City. Grenier made over two dozens films. In 1990, Grenier became one of the first in a wave of experimental filmmakers to move to video. His films and videos have earned many awards and have been shown all over North America, Europe and China at major museums and festivals, including perennial appearances at the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde. Greiner’s work was recently the subject of major retrospectives at Media City in Windsor, Ontario, and the Images Film & Video Festival's “Canadian Images Spotlight” in Toronto. In 2010, he received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

The program will include his most recent work, Burning Bush (2010), which screened in last year’s Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally the program will feature Travelogue (2010), Back View (2011), Tableaux Vivants (2011) and Armoire (in 4 parts). All of these works have also been shown at Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival.

Tuesday Nov. 15: Visiting artist, Ben Russell

Program to include a screening of TRYPPS 1 – 7

Although Ben Russell is still relatively unknown in Europe, his films have been shown at prestigious international festivals and galleries. The six short films in his experimental 'TRYPPS' series demonstrate why - and how. Despite their material formality, his early attempts at a soundless and abstract 'cinéma pur' are not devoid of the abstract, political comment that has become his self-conscious signature in the later works. The series is Russell’s most recent efforts in anthropological meta-documentarism, which are promising to bring about his breakthrough.

The series includes:

Black and White Trypps Number One (6:30, 16mm, 2005),

Black and White Trypps Number Two (9:00, 16mm, 2006)

Black and White Trypps Number Three (12:00, 16mm, 2007)

Black and White Trypps Number Four (11:00, 16mm, 2008)

Trypps #5 (Dubai) (3:00, 16mm, 2008)

Trypps #6 (Malobi) (12:00, 16mm, 2009)

Trypps #7 (Badlands) (10:00, Super16mm, 2010)  

Last Updated: 9/17/13