Experimental short films screening with the filmmakers
The School of Performing Arts invites you to a free screening of short films by iconic experimental filmmakers Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.
Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke have been working collaboratively since June 1994. Their work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world.Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York. In 2010 they were shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Their work is distributed by Video Data Bank in Chicago, Argos in Brussels, V-Tape in Toronto and Video Out in Vancouver.
Synopsis of their latest film:
"You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born" is a visually rich film that follows a woman through a life characterized by damage and loss, but in which she finds humor, love, and joy.
With a score that follows the span of Lenore's life, from her birth in the early 70s to her death in the 2040s, the film takes us from moments of harrowing loss to those of poignancy and dark humor. Her life is told through voiceover, narrated by performers who range in age from nine to sixty-nine, and is beautifully illustrated with images of animals (including humans), insects and landscapes.
Film theorist Eli Horwatt writes "You Were an Amazement... conveys how the human animal's ineluctable death drive can be the source of both profound comedy and tragic cruelty. In the many stories relayed across this short but voluble film, viewers are invited into an intimate identification with the experiences of marginalized others."