Misconception & Daughters of Chaos
1977-1981, Marjorie Keller, USA, ca 75 min
- Thu, Feb 18th 6:00pm
From the late 1960s through to her untimely death in 1994, filmmaker, activist, and scholar Marjorie Keller forged a fiercely poetic body of work, exploring intimacy and everyday life. MISCONCEPTION (1977), her longest and best-known film, documents of the birth of her niece, using the small-gauge format of home movies, jagged editing rhythms and sync sound, to give expression to the event’s pain and joy, and the chasm between experience and memory. DAUGHTERS OF CHAOS (1980) uses footage of a wedding to look forward and backward in time, from girlhood to maturity, and the mysteries of growing up. Both in 16mm.
Print of MISCONCEPTION is courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which preserved the film with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation.
FEBRUARY 18: Followed by a discussion with film scholar P. Adams Sitney (“Visionary Film”) and filmmaker and fellow SAIC alumnus Saul Levine (who presents two of his films on Monday, February 22).