On Thursday, March 28 join the Visual Arts Center (VAC) for the second edition of Focus Group, a new screening series centered on experimental film in its various formats, including but not limited to 16mm, 8mm, and digital video.
This spring, as part of Focus Group, the VAC presents monthly screenings of Screening Room, the 1970s television series that invited independent filmmakers to screen and discuss their work on a commercial affiliate station (ABC-TV). The unique program, developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner, gave equal exposure to animation, documentary, and experimental film by artists such as Jean Rouch, Jonas Mekas, Hollis Frampton, Yvonne Rainer, and Michael Snow. The filmmakers presented on the show are now considered among the most influential contributors to their respective genres. Produced and released by Studio7Arts, an organization founded by Robert Gardner to support nonfiction media, the rarely seen Screening Room episodes are still invaluable today to creative thinkers, regardless of what medium they work in.
For the March edition of Focus Group, the VAC presents the July 1975 episode of Screening Room with Suzan Pitt. An animator and painter whose surreal films have gained her worldwide acclaim, Pitt pushes the boundaries of the animated form, sometimes working with live actors or using animation in operatic stagings. In this episode of Screening Room, Pitt screens and discusses the films Bowl, Garden, Theatre, Marble Game, Crocus, Cels, Whitney Promo, and Jefferson Circus Songs.
Focus Group is presented in collaboration with Experimental Response Cinema, an Austin-based collective of avant-garde film and video artists, whose members choose videos and films to precede each screening. For this episode of Screening Room, Rachel Stuckey will lead a presentation on women animators and showcase films by Janie Geiser, Daina Krumins and Gunvor Nelson.
Screening is 7-9PM, Thursday, March 28 in the University of Texas at Austin Art Building (ART), Room 1.102. For directions and further information please visit the Visual Arts Center’s website.by