It's always been very hard to "catch" screenings of the work of "poetic"
filmmakers, but the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC surprised me
by scheduling this program in support of their J.M.W. Turner exhibition:
J.M.W. Turner and Film: Belson and Brakhage
January 5 at 2:00PM
The first segment of a two-part program explores J.M.W. Turner's influence
on contemporary experimental filmmakers Jordan Belson and Stan Brakhage,
both of whom have acknowledged the artist as an inspiration. The titles
selected for the program are masterful interpretations of Turner's light,
echoing the spiritual quality of his compositions. Light (Jordan Belson,
1973, 16mm, 6 minutes, print provided by the Center for Visual Music) will
be followed by Text of Light (Stan Brakhage, 1974, 16mm, 71 minutes) and
The Lost Films (Stan Brakhage, 1995, 16mm, 45 minutes).