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BAMPFA Presents Films of Ross McElwee

Coming to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) this coming Sunday, is Ross McElwee and the Cambridge Turn. The film series will feature three films from a director who films have been known to capture various issues including finding love, child-raising, and the making sense of the past, all of which is done in a confessional and essayistic fashion. McElwee has also been known in using cinema, as a means to examine his own life, as well as explore the history of his times along the way.

McElwee will be in person for two screenings of his films, on hand to discuss his filmmaking career with Scott McDonald, publisher of the book American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn. The first screening on March 30th is Backyard & Other Autobiographical Shorts, a documentary of three friends, which was made between 1982 and 2012. Then on April 1st, is the screening of Photographic Memory (2011), a film on how McElwee revisits events from his youth, in order to move forward. For the final film on this series, BAMPFA will be screening The Cambridge Turn (2007-10). This is another series of shorts from McElwee. This is also where McDonald will be in person signing copies of his book.

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