A new film series is coming to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), one that will come from two artists, and is destined to educate people about what is going on around them, as well as the world.
The film series is titled Committed Cinema, and it is a feature of artists whose films and videos are explorations of the issues of our times. It is hosted by two guests; Boston filmmaker and curator John Gianvito, whose films include those that have touched on the Gulf and Afghanistan wars, and New York activist artist Paul Chan, known for videos, animations, and other medias that draw to situations that are often confusing and profound.
In the film series, BAMPFA will be screening four films, with Gianvito and Chan hosting two each. Beginning on September 24th, Gianvito will be hosting the screening of Far From Afghanistan, a film created by five filmmakers (including Jon Jost and Travis Wilkerson) that focuses of impact of the war in Afghanistan. Then on September 25th, it’s the film Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind, a film that serves a memorial to the radical and freethinkers of America, focusing on historical voices rarely heard.
Paul Chan hosts two film screenings in October, during the Commited Cinema film series. On October 22nd, it’s the film Waiting for Godot and Beyond, a film that explores New Orleans when it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, as well as America post 9/11. Then on October 23rd, it’s the film Baghdad to Badlands, a film that explores Iraq prior to the American invasion, and also features the experimental press Badlands Unlimited.
Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for more information.