Experimental Film Screenings and Discussions
with filmmakers Oleg Tcherny and Ernie Gehr
Princeton University’s Film Studies Committee and the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present two film screenings. KINO BRACE: Five Act Four Interval Film Thing by Belarusian filmmaker Oleg Tcherny will have its premiere on Monday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. filmmaker Ernie Gehr will present his digital works Photographic Phantoms, Winter Morning, The Quiet Car, Auto-Collider XVIII, and Brooklyn Series. Gehr’s talk is the second in this year’s John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture series. Both screenings will be followed by discussions with the filmmakers and will be held in the James M. Stewart '32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The screenings are free and open to the public.
TCHERNY was born in 1971 in Minsk (now Belarus). He studied “Performance and New Media” with Nan Hoover at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany, and continued his studies in Tokyo. He served as assistant director to filmmaker Daniel Schmid in Switzerland and in 2003 joined the Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France where he worked on editing the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet. He has found international success working in the medium of experimental film. He made his New York debut in 2011 with L'après-midi près du tombeau de Falconetti (Afternoon Near the Tomb of Falconetti) and La Linea Generale (The General Line) to great success. Tcherny presented the John Sacret Young ‘69 Lecture in 2011 at Princeton University.
Still from the film KINO BRACE: Five Act Four Interval Film Thing (100 min., 2013), by Oleg Tcherny.
GEHR was named by The New York Times as “one of the most penetrating and influential avant-garde filmmakers working today.” Born in Milwaukee, Gehr is a self-taught artist whose career in experimental filmmaking has spanned four decades. He first rose to prominence with his groundbreaking 1970 film Serene Velocity, which uses a single drab interior — a hallway in an academic building at SUNY Binghamton — to challenge the way we observe events and the passage of time. Gehr writes, “Film does not reflect on life, it embodies the life of the mind.” His work has challenged the traditional role of film, asserting its power and importance in philosophical discussion. In this lecture, Gehr will present and discuss five short works produced this past year.
JOHN SACRET YOUNG, for whom the lecture is named, is a 1969 graduate of Princeton and an author, producer, director, and screenwriter. Young has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, winning two WGA Awards. He is perhaps best known for co-creating, along with William F. Broyles Jr., China Beach, the critically acclaimed ABC-TV drama series about medics and nurses during the Vietnam War. For an episode he wrote and directed, Young won a WGA. The West Wing brought him two more Emmys and two more WGA nominations. Young has also received a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award , and his original mini-series about the Gulf War, Thanks of a Grateful Nation, was honored with his fifth Humanitas Prize nomination and second win.
KINO BRACE by Oleg Tcherny
Monday, November 25, 2013
Films by Ernie Gehr
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street
Free and open to the public