Mush! To The Movies! : Nanook of The North
Mush! To The Movies! Is a selection of films spanning over 90 years of glacial activity and handpicked by Los Angeles Filmforum's Director Adam Hyman and Sara Velas & Ruby Carlson of The Velaslavasay Panorama. The series will feature six events with free popcorn offered to all in the Nova Tuskhut, an installation of the only Arctic Trading Post on the North American Continent, located on the grounds of the Velaslavasay Panorama. Attendees will be given a unique souvenir Polar Passport and those who attend all six screenings will receive a surprise gift and a chance to win a night’s stay in The Nova Tuskhut!
Nanook of the North
US, 1922, 79 min., B&W, Digital Projection
Directed by Robert Flaherty
Silent with score by Timothy Brock
In this groundbreaking work, Flaherty represents the lives of Inuit in northern Canada through the tale of Nanook and Nyla. Extremely popular when originally released and influential in the making of documentary and ethnographic films for decades after, the film strives for the archetype of a protagonist facing challenges in nature. Later criticized for the fictionalizing of scenes, and thus serving as a key film in the ongoing debate over the definition of documentary, Nanook still holds its original power and beauty
The Idea of North
US, 1995, 14 min., B&W, 16mm Projection
Directed by Rebecca Baron
"In the guise of chronicling the final moments of three polar explorers marooned on an ice floe a century ago, Baron's film investigates the limitations of images and other forms of record as a means of knowing the past and the paradoxical interplay of film time, historical time, real time and the fixed moment of the photograph. Marrying matter-of-fact voiceover and allusive sound fragments, evidence and illustration, in Baron’s words, ‘meaning is set adrift’."--New York Film Festival, 1997, Views from the Avant-Garde program notes
Untitled (Ross Ice Shelf Antarctica)
Antarctica, 2005, 4.5 min., Digital Projection
Directed by Connie Samaras
A video installation from the 2005 project V.A.L.I.S. (vast active living intelligence system), a series of works made at the South Pole and Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The videos featured in the project “are a reconfiguration of the premise of human exclusivity found in mainstream nature documentaries and of the heroic and technological transcendence inherent in sci-fi horror films.” --Connie Samaras, www.conniesamaras.com
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