Acclaimed Filmmakers Ken Jacobs and Bruno Barreto Present Screenings and Talks

Ken Jacobs in a recent Nervous Magic Lantern productionFilms and accompanying talks by two highly acclaimed filmmakers will be presented at Sarah Lawrence College the week of February 22. All programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the Donnelley Film Theatre in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

On Monday, February 22, at 6.30 p.m. the legendary experimental filmmaker, Ken Jacobs, will screen recent short videos, as well as footage of a Nervous Magic Lantern performance with John Zorn, the avant-garde composer and musician. Jacobs is one of the most distinguished and well-known experimental filmmakers in the United States. In addition to making numerous canonical avant-garde films, he has been at the forefront of exploring the possibilities of other moving image media, such as digital video, and incorporating these media into live performances. He has also created unique film projection systems, such as The Nervous System, a double-analysis projector that derives 3-D from standard 2-D film most often using archival and other found footage. Jacobs was a former painting student of abstract artist Hans Hoffman and an influential teacher of Art Spiegelman (known for his work Maus). A reception will follow.

Four films by the renowned Brazilian film director Bruno Barreto will be shown over three days beginning on Tuesday, February 23. The screenings will culminate with a talk by the director on Thursday, February 25. Barreto was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1955 and started making movies at the age of fifteen. At twenty-one he made his first international hit, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976, with Sonia Braga), a comedy that will be the opening film of the series. It will be followed by the political thriller Four Days in September (1997, with Alan Arkin), the comedy Bossa Nova (2000, with Amy Irving), and Barreto’s most recent work, Last Stop 174 (2008, based on the true story of a bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro). The film-viewing and talk schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m.: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
  • Tuesday, February 23 at 3:35 p.m.: Four Days in September
  • Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.: Bossa Nova
  • Thursday, February 25 at 3:35 p.m.: Last Stop 174
  • Thursday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m.: Bruno Barreto Talk