. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Robert Breer by Jim Trainor

Check out this 1979 interview with Robert Breer by animator and SAIC Film/Video and New Media Chair, Jim Trainor. It was published in 1980, by the Columbia University literary magazine, Upstart. Download the full interview here.

Films by Robert Breer, 1957-86

Thursday, September 11,  6pm | Restored 35mm blow-ups! Robert Breer, Fuji (1974). Image courtesy Anthology Film Archives. Joyous, restless, audacious and witty, Robert Breer’s animated films are like no others. Time and again Breer marries his playful perspective to cutting-edge techniques to create formally innovative, non-narrative films filled with humor and charm. Tonight’s program features […]

Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

Thursday, September 4, 6pm | John Gianvito in person! John Gianvito, Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007). Image courtesy of the artist. Inspired by Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind is a quietly stunning memorial to the lives of America’s radicals, rebels, and everyday freethinkers from colonial […]

Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry

Thursday, April 24, 6pm | Daniel Barrow in person! Daniel Barrow, Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry (2008). Image courtesy of the artist. The overhead projector takes center stage in Winnipeg artist Daniel Barrow’s darkly whimsical “manual animation” performances. Layering and drawing directly on a series of Mylar transparencies, Barrow combines his projected […]

You Don’t Remember the Time You Do: Moments in the Lives of Prisoners

Thursday, April 17, 6pm | Laurie Jo Reynolds in person! Robert Todd, In Loving Memory (2005). Image courtesy of the artist. Prison has long been a popular setting for motion pictures, from the oft-remade Man in the Iron Mask to recent Oscar-nominated hits Dead Man Walking and The Shawshank Redemption. Rarer is the film that […]

Mock Up on Mu

Thursday, April 10, 6pm | Craig Baldwin in person! Craig Baldwin, Mock Up on Mu (2008). Image courtesy of the artist. Legendary for his rapid-fire found-footage collage films, underground filmmaker Craig Baldwin returns to the Midwest with a special sneak preview of his latest feature, Mock Up on Mu. A radically hybridized pulp-serial-spy-science-fiction-western-horror mash-up, Mu […]

Falling Out of Time: New Documentaries from the Former Soviet Europe

Thursday, April 3, 6pm | Curators Oona Mosna and Jeremy Rigsby in person! Igor Strembitsky, Wayfarers (2005). Image courtesy of the artist. Once the home of state-sponsored social realism, the former Soviet Europe has given rise to a new breed of documentary, revising its realist tradition with the observational ambiguities and formal rigor more familiar […]

CameraLESS Films / Movies without Cameras

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 6pm | Curator Jodie Mack in person! Thorsten Fleisch, Kosmos (2004). Image courtesy of the artist. For over one hundred years, filmmakers have found ways to emancipate themselves from advanced photographic processes and make films without cameras—by drawing, painting, scratching, or adhering figures and objects directly onto filmstrips. Whether produced meticulously […]

Films by Gordon Matta-Clark

Thursday, March 13, 8pm | Jane Crawford in person! Gordon Matta-Clark, Eric Convents, and Roger Steylaerts, Office Baroque (1977). Renowned “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) sliced through the walls, floors, and facades of abandoned buildings, staged socially engaged street performances, and documented much of it in radical photographic collages, films, and videos. Matta-Clark’s films, writes curator […]


Thursday, March 6, 6pm | Anne Quirynen in person! Anne Quirynen, Interzone (2007). Image courtesy of the artist. Video artist and SAIC faculty member Anne Quirynen has long worked at the intersection of performance and the moving image, collaborating with the likes of choreographers William Forsythe, Thomas Hauert, and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on videos, […]

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