A night exploring various incarnations of actual tourist footage.
The night will begin with filmmaker Brian Frye presenting a selection of found footage from his collection and discussing the influence of this type of work on his own filmmaking. Then Kevin Allen and Jen Heuson will present their own Super 8 films documenting places (including Peru, Bolivia, Vietnam) that plays with this same format. Then Heuson will present her latest film, Sweet Clover, which uses Super 8 travel footage from the Black Hills, SD to weave together an autobiographical tale of her family's history, cowboys and Indians and tourism in the West.
Part of the Flaherty series.
Bryan Frye is a filmmaker, writer and law professor. His films explore relationships between history, society, and cinema through archival and amateur images. His films have appeared in places like The Whitney Biennial, New York Film Festival's "Views from the Avant-Garde", New York Underground Film Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Warhol Museum, Pleasure Dome, Media City and Images Festival. His short films are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum and distributed by the Filmmaker's Coop. He's been awarded grants from the Jerome Foundation and ETC. His writing on film and art has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment, Cineaste, Millennium Film Journal and the Village Voice. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at Hofstra Law School.
Kevin T. Allen makes films, radio and sound art that range from the ethnographic to the experimental; he has exhibited at museums, such as MoMA, conferences, such as the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, and festivals, such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He teaches documentary practice at The New School.
Jen Heuson is a traveler, scholar, and artist whose work critically engages the mediated production and circulation of culture, identity, sentiment and memory during travel; her award-winning films have screened internationally at venues as diverse as FLEX Fest, Big Muddy, Black Maria, and the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.