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A Tribute to Mark LaPore (1952-2005)

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A Tribute to Mark LaPore (1952-2005)

Mark McElhatten Presents…

Like such pioneering figures as Anthology Film Archives’ Jonas Mekas and Cinema 16’s Amos Vogel, Mark McElhatten has made curating film an art in its own right. For his first visit to the Wexner Center, he introduces two fascinating programs he’s selected and assembled.

Wed, Feb 27, 2008 7 PM

"[LaPore's films] should be seen by anyone who cares about the cinema and who cares about the way this image machine can display the world we have made and, especially, the aspects we prefer to ignore or forget. Their courage matches their beauty and their growing despair." - Tom Gunning, Film Comment

Although deeply influenced by the practices of the Lumire brothers, Andy Warhol, and Robert Bresson, Mark LaPore expanded the tradition of experimental documentary filmmaking, conducting profoundly cinematic, highly distilled personal investigations into the nature of cultural flux and reverie. He shot extensively in rural Sudan, Sri Lanka, New York, Myanmar, India, and Idaho. Mark McElhatten was a trusted friend to LaPore, and this program features LaPore's most acclaimed films, as well as unreleased works from McElhatten's personal collection. (approx. 100 mins., 16mm, video)

Program:

Untitled (Camera Rolls) (2005, 16mm, b&w, silent, 5 min)
The Sleepers (1989, 16mm, color, sound, 16 min)
The Five Bad Elements (1998, 16mm, b&w, sound, 32 min)
A Depression in the Bay of Bengal (1996, 16mm, color, sound, 28 min)

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