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Sheldon Renan Selects: Light and Time

  • Sheldon Renan was the founding director of the Pacific Film Archive, where he worked between 1967 and 1973; he is also well known for his writing on underground film.

A selection of classic short films drawn largely from the BAMPFA collection, ranging from the hand-drawn, animated Sisyphus by Hungarian director Marcell Jankovics to Bruce Baillie’s elegiac Mass for the Dakota Sioux, which contrasts formal qualities of a mass for the dead with images of urban America. Jordan Belson’s Re-Entry is a visually abstract recreation of bardo, or the three states of being at the moment of death as defined by the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Chris Marker's La Jetée is an exploration of emotions in the scientific (and post-scientific) age, dealing with the depths of nostalgia associated with memory, time, and time-travel. Len Lye’s ecstatic Free Radicals uses the technique of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film. The program ends with Bruce Conner's extraordinary Cosmic Ray, one of the great examples of found footage collage cut to Ray Charles's "What'd I Say."

Films in this Screening

Sisyphus

Marcell Jankovics, Hungary, 1974

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  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 3 mins
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  • BAMPFA

Mass for the Dakota Sioux
(Mass for the Dakota Sioux)

Bruce Baillie, United States, 1963, 1964

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • English
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  • B&W
  • DigiBeta
  • 20 mins
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  • BAMPFA

Re-entry
(Re-entry)

Jordan Belson, United States, 1964

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • English
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  • DigiBeta
  • 6 mins
source
  • Center for Visual Music

La jetée (The pier)
(La jetée)

Chris Marker, France, 1963

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
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  • 35mm
  • 29 mins
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  • BAMPFA

Free Radicals

Len Lye, United States, 1958, revised 1979

FILM DETAILS 
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  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 4 mins
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  • BAMPFA

Cosmic Ray
(Cosmic ray)

Bruce Conner, United States, 1962

FILM DETAILS 
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  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 4 mins
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  • BAMPFA