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Afterimage: Leslie Thornton

October 15, 2014 - October 16, 2014


We are delighted that Leslie Thornton will present two programs of her work drawing on old and new technologies as part of our Afterimage series. Based in New York, she teaches at Brown University. Whether using found footage and sound she has gathered or her own image and aural tracks, Thornton’s investigations into the making of meaning are unparalleled—beautiful and poetic, while often perplexing and surprising.

Kathy Geritz, Film Curator

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
7:00 p.m. Peggy and Fred in Hell
Leslie Thornton (US, 1985–2013). Leslie Thornton and Pooja Rangan in conversation. Two eerie children inhabit an eerie world in Thornton’s landmark series, which examines sexual differences and experiences on the edge. “One of the crowning achievements of the post-1980 avant-garde" (William C. Wees). (95 mins)

Thursday, October 16, 2014
7:00 p.m. An Aesthetic of Uncertainty: Cinema by Leslie Thornton
Leslie Thornton (US, 1983–2014). Leslie Thornton and Pooja Rangan in conversation. A selection of Thornton’s short films and digital videos that explore how the West looks at the East; how we look at animals, nature, and each other; and how technology impacts these interactions. Films include Adynata, Binocular Menagerie, Philosophers Walk on the Sublime, and more. (75 mins)

Leslie Thornton’s visit is presented as part of Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation, made possible by generous funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association®.