Film Series : Conversations at the Edge Spring 2018

Edward Owens: A Portrait Study

1966-68, Edward Owens, USA, 57 min.

Show Times

  • Thu, Mar 22nd 6:00pm

In the mid 1960s, Edward Owens (SAIC 1966-67), a young African American artist from the South Side of Chicago, burst onto New York's artistic underground scene with a series of strikingly beautiful films of heartbreak, queer desire, and his own family. With their layered images and flickering edits, the films show the influence of Owens' mentor, filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos, with whom he had studied as one of the first film students at SAIC. Yet, Owens developed a distinct style, particularly in his painterly approach to portraiture and allegory. These films were lauded by his contemporaries; for example, the critic Parker Tyler included Owens' 1967 film REMEMBRANCE: A PORTRAIT STUDY as one of the avant-garde's key works in his landmark study "Underground Film: A Critical History." Despite these achievements, Owens' works have been largely overlooked until recent efforts by the critic Ed Halter and New York's Film-Makers' Cooperative to bring them to new light. Rarely screened in his own home town, this evening's program is a unique opportunity to reassess Owens' singular body of work. The program includes TOMORROW'S PROMISE (1967), REMEMBRANCE: A PORTRAIT STUDY (1967), AND PRIVATE IMAGININGS AND NARRATIVE FACTS (1968). Digital file. (Amy Beste)

March 22: Critic Ed Halter will introduce the program via Skype.