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Delanymania

May 17 to May 19

Samuel R. Delany and Fred Barney Taylor in person

Best known for towering masterpieces like Dhalgren and Babel-17, Samuel R. Delany is a true polymath, working not only in speculative fiction, but as a memoirist, social historian, and occasional filmmaker. While the films themselves are somewhat incidental in his essential memoir of theater-going on the Deuce in the 1960s-90s, Time Square Red, Time Square Blue, his interest in cinema is as wide-ranging as his writing. Asked to contextualize this series, Delany wrote, “They’re films I liked early, and they contributed to my own appreciation of science fiction, films and writing (This Island Earth), and an appreciation of the cost of difference (The Boy with Green Hair, Touch of Evil), and what I wanted to do with the movement of bodies in The Orchid (Gold Diggers of 1937, The Seventh Seal).“ The curated series will screen alongside Fred Barney Taylor’s documentary The Polymath, or The Life & Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman and a selection of Delany’s own film projects, including The Orchid and collaborations with Frank Romeo.

Programmed and introductory note by Nellie Killian. Series notes by Samuel R. Delany.

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