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The Competition with Claire Simon

Friday February 22 7:00PM
The Competition with Claire Simon

The Competition begins, significantly, with the image of a locked gate—that of La Fémis, one of the most prestigious film schools in the world, offering hands-on training from working professionals and accepting only forty students per year from hundreds of applicants. This Wiseman-esque documentary from Simon, one of France’s premiere nonfiction filmmakers, observes the process whereby those lucky forty are selected—a process which is revealed to be highly personal, idiosyncratic, and subject to the vagaries of taste and personal prejudice. Funny, penetrating, and surprisingly suspenseful, The Competition offers not only a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of an institution at the very heart of the French film industry, but an invitation to look at the assumptions and roadblocks that shape any national film industry, and higher education in general.

A Metrograph Pictures release

The Competition with Claire Simon

Saturday February 23 6:00PM
The Competition with Claire Simon

The Competition begins, significantly, with the image of a locked gate—that of La Fémis, one of the most prestigious film schools in the world, offering hands-on training from working professionals and accepting only forty students per year from hundreds of applicants. This Wiseman-esque documentary from Simon, one of France’s premiere nonfiction filmmakers, observes the process whereby those lucky forty are selected—a process which is revealed to be highly personal, idiosyncratic, and subject to the vagaries of taste and personal prejudice. Funny, penetrating, and surprisingly suspenseful, The Competition offers not only a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of an institution at the very heart of the French film industry, but an invitation to look at the assumptions and roadblocks that shape any national film industry, and higher education in general.

A Metrograph Pictures release

GRIFFITI: ANIMATION BY GEORGE GRIFFIN with George Griffin and Deedee Halleck

Saturday March 9 6:30PM
GRIFFITI: ANIMATION BY GEORGE GRIFFIN with George Griffin and Deedee Halleck

George Griffin & Deedee Halleck in person.

It’s been 50 years since New York animator George Griffin used black beans against a white background to create Rapid Transit, a kinetic, percussive film that packed a stream of inventiveness and wit into its three minutes. His freewheeling, jazzlike films grew increasingly elaborate, incorporating personal observation, formal play, and the insouciant subversion of Hollywood cartoon tropes. The occasion for this fun-filled and thought-provoking journey through Griffin’s career is IndieCollect’s new 4k restoration of Griffin’s 1979 masterpiece Lineage, a playful journey through invented film history. Also featured in the program is IndieCollect’s new 4K restoration of The Meadows Green, co-directed by DeeDee Halleck and George Griffin, using live action and animation to document a 1974 performance by the radical Bread and Puppet Theater.

Presented by guest curator David Schwartz, former Chief Curator, Museum of the Moving Image. In association with IndieCollect.

Rapid Transit (1969, 3 mins., Digital)
Trikfilm 3 (1973, 3 mins., Digital)
Head (1975, 10 mins., Digital)
Meadows Green (1975, 25 mins., DCP)
Lineage (1979, 29 mins., DCP)
Puttin' on the Fur (1981-2016, 7 mins., Digital)
KoKo (1988, 3 mins., 35mm)
A Little Routine (1994, 7 mins., Digital)
The Bathers (2008, 3 mins., 35mm)
You're Outa Here (2009, 3 mins., Digital)