Nathaniel Dorsky: The Dreamer
Black Interiors: Sermons and Sacred Pictures
Black Interiors: Felicia
Black work is made visible in this diverse program, including Right On/Be Free, featuring the Alvin Ailey dance company’s Judith Jamison (filmed outside BAMPFA’s former building!); the documentary Finally Got the News, made with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers; and more.
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Reflecting on intimacy, this program features short works by celebrated filmmakers Julie Dash (Relatives), Arthur Jafa (Slowly, This), and Claudia Weill (This Is the Home of Mrs. Levant Graham); a dance performance by Bill T. Jones; and more.
Local collective The Black Aesthetic present rarely seen educational, ethnographic, and experimental works exploring the theme of black interiors: Lynne Sachs’s Sermons and Sacred Pictures and two films on the famous folk singer Bessie Jones.
Dorsky’s complete Arboretum Cycle, films (in the artist's words) “on a single subject, and that subject would be the light." “The experience of watching the Arboretum Cycle in its entirety is in some very large sense stunning” (Max Goldberg).
Nathaniel Dorsky returns to BAMPFA with this program of four films made since 2012, reflecting on the passing of friends, the passing of years, and the changing of seasons. On the program: August and After, The Dreamer, Autumn, and Colophon.
A local art cinema pioneer in the 1940s, Stauffacher made films celebrating the Bay Area’s history, landscape, and urban sites. We present his three short works, plus James Broughton’s Mother’s Day, with cinematography by Stauffacher.
A tribute to one of the seminal figures in American experimental film, featuring the shorts Hall of Mirrors, Divided Loyalties, The Cup and the Lip, and Short Fuse, as well as personal remembrances and audio clips.