Special Warning: Robert Nelson

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Thu, Sep 20th at 6:00pm
Sat, Sep 22nd at 12:30pm
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  1. Special Warning: Robert Nelson
  1. 1967-98, Robert Nelson, USA, ca. 90 min.

Renowned for their exuberance and inventive cinematic wit, Robert Nelson’s films established him as a leading member of the West Coast avant-garde and post-Beat culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Curated by FVNMA faculty member and filmmaker Lori Felker and Academy Film Archive archivist Mark Toscano, this two-part mini-survey pairs restored prints of best-known films with rarer works to provide a new perspective on the artist’s output and influence. Films like THE GREAT BLONDINO (1967), which features an anachronistically attired man navigating inspired setups, and HAULING TOTO BIG (1997), a sprawling opus of dream states and transformed verité, are presented alongside Nelson’s inventive collaborations with artists and musicians, including William T. Wiley, Steve Reich, and the Grateful Dead. 16mm. (Jessica Bardsley and Mark Toscano)

Curators Lori Felker and Mark Toscano will be present at both screenings.

Program 1
1967, Robert Nelson, USA, ca. 90 min.
Thursday, September 20, 6:00 pm
Six films from 1967, including THE GREAT BLONDINO, HOT LEATHERETTE, PENNY BRIGHT AND JIMMY WITHERSPOON, and GRATEFUL DEAD.

Program 2
1967-1998, Robert Nelson, USA, ca. 90 min.
Saturday, September 22, 12:30 pm
Five films that span Nelson's career including BLEU SHUT (1970), SPECIAL WARNING (1998), and HAULING TOTO BIG (1997).