Films by Owen Land: What's Wrong With This Picture?
Friday, February 13, 2009 - 7:00pm
Owen Land, formerly known as George Landow, was one of the most original and celebrated American filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s. A "structural" filmmaker with a playful, mischievous sense of humor, Land makes films in which panda bears discuss filmmaking, characters undergo spiritual revelations in movie theaters, performers break into song in grocery stores, and the film administers reading tests. "A startlingly original filmmaker... at once hilarious and hermetic." - Chicago Reader (1965-1979, 16mm, 93 minutes) Diploteratology: Bardo Follies (1967, 16mm, 7 minutes) The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter (1968, 16mm, 9 minutes) New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel (1976, 16mm, 10 minutes) No Sir, Orison! (1975, 16mm, 3 minutes) On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist be Wholed? (1977-1979, 16mm, 18 minutes) Remedial Reading Comprehension (1970, 16mm, 5 minutes) Thank You Jesus for the Eternal Present (1973, 16mm, 6 minutes) What's Wrong with This Picture? (1972, 16mm, 13 minutes) Wide Angle Saxon (1975, 16mm, 22 minutes)
Co-sponsored by Experimental Film Club and University of Chicago Student Government.