2021 marked the birth centenary of Amos Vogel, the pioneering film programmer, author, and co-founder of the New York Film Festival. To mark this occasion and honor Vogel’s path-blazing legacy, last year the festival inaugurated the Amos Vogel Lecture, to be delivered annually by an artist or thinker who embodies the spirit of Vogel’s cinephilia and brings it into conversation with the present and future of cinema.
For this second edition of the Amos Vogel Lecture, we were proud to welcome the filmmaker and artist Cauleen Smith, whose landmark 1998 debut feature, Drylongso, screened in a new restoration in the Revivals section of NYFF60. Known for the political rigor and intrepid formal experimentation of her film and multimedia practice, Smith epitomizes both the ethics of care and the commitment to subversion that guided Vogel’s mission—and which continue to guide the New York Film Festival 60 years after its founding. Smith’s lecture was followed by a Q&A with Jacqueline Stewart, the director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a Turner Classic Movies host.
The 2022 Amos Vogel Lecture is sponsored by Turner Classic Movies. NYFF60 Talks are presented by HBO.
Watch the lecture below, along with Smith’s Drylongso Q&A.