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Saturday, July 30, 2022
Nathaniel Dorsky, 1964, 16mm, 12m
Shades and Drumbeats
Andrew Meyer, 1964, 16mm, 25m
Twice a Man
Gregory J. Markopoulos, 1963, 16mm, 49m
“I wish to demonstrate by the film Twice a Man, a new narrative form which is based on very brief film-phrases used in clusters to evoke thought through imagery,” Gregory J. Markopoulos wrote in an essay about his modern restaging of the Hippolytus myth. By intercutting these fleeting moments into longer sequences, he found novel ways to convey the shape of consciousness via cinema, highlighting the psychological and aesthetic force of individual film frames, and the space between them. Beyond the innovations of his approach to composition, Markopoulos was also a tremendously supportive and influential figure for young gay experimental filmmakers in the 1960s, such as Robert Beavers, Tom Chomont, Jerome Hiler, Edward Owens, and Warren Sonbert, as well as Nathaniel Dorsky and Andrew Meyer, represented here by important early works.