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Ed Halter Presents From the Third Eye: The Grove Press Film Division and Evergreen Review

December 16

Nearly forgotten today for its crucial contributions to film culture, publisher Grove Press’s Film Division served as one of the most important independent distributors in the US from the mid-1960s to the early 70s, releasing titles like Vilgot Sjöman’s I Am Curious (Yellow), William Klein’s Mister Freedom, Susan Sontag’s Duet for Cannibals, Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend, Nagisa Oshima’s Boy and hundreds of other features, documentaries and short subjects. Like Grove’s influential magazine Evergreen Review, the Film Division became legendary for its revolutionary mixture of sex and politics. Its rise was overseen by the late Barney Rosset, who is now remembered as one of the 20th century’s foremost advocates of free speech. During the same era, Evergreen published numerous essays on cinema by writers like Parker Tyler, Amos Vogel, Nat Hentoff, Norman Mailer and many others. To celebrate the publication of From the Third Eye: The Evergreen Review Film Reader, a new collection edited by critic Ed Halter and Rosset, this program presents a sampling of two rarely-seen films from the Film Division’s catalog, Tricia’s Wedding and Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom, along with an illustrated lecture by Halter chronicling the rise and fall of Grove’s engagement with film.

Co-presented by Light Industry