In Tom Luddy’s Orbit
Janet and David Peoples are scriptwriters, and among their credits is 12 Monkeys, inspired by Chris Marker’s La Jetée.
Tom Luddy’s energy and encouragement helped many filmmakers through the decades. This program gathers several special works by filmmakers closely linked to Luddy. Agnès Varda’s Uncle Yanco is a portrait of the filmmaker’s uncle, Sausalito artist Jean Varda; the project was initiated by a suggestion from Luddy. Varda returned to the East Bay a year later to film Black Panthers, an important document of the rallies in Oakland demanding Huey Newton’s release from prison, featuring activists such as Stokely Carmichael, Kathleen Cleaver, and Newton. While sojourning in the Bay Area, Chris Marker espied the Emeryville mudflats, where local artists furtively constructed sculptures; Junkopia is his artful rendering. An educational film that stands on its own as an art film, Carroll Ballard’s Crystallization records the formation of crystals from common liquids; the patterns revealed by the microscope are fascinatingly beautiful. And we conclude the program with Marker’s remarkable La Jetée, a deeply resonant and influential work.
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Films in this Screening
Agnès Varda, United States, 1967
Agnès Varda, United States, 1968
Chris Marker, United States, 1981
Carroll Ballard, United States, 1974
Chris Marker, France, 1963