Film Block: EXPERIMENTAL DOCS
Date/Time: April 16th @ 3:00 pm; April 17th @ 5:30 pm
People don’t live within clean narrative arcs, guided along by soothing basso profondo narration. Memories aren’t always lucid sequences–sometimes they come at you all once, layered through confounded senses in an experiential swirl. And while there are plenty of stories in life that are already cohesive, sensical–almost too perfect–a lot of life can only be faithfully captured through a more experimental lens.
“Prospector” and “Frontier Journals 1 & 4” exposes us to the images and sounds of the visually compelling tension between colonists, tourists, and cultures–through maps, on foot, into cities, against crowds, and to the rhythm of voices, film reels, generations. “This is Yates” is an exercise in emotional release, a fragmented visual collage interweaving decades of serene and violent home movies in a hypnotic and thoroughly enlightening experimental autobiography. Finally, there’s “Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game“, which is no doubt the most frank exploration of the guy-cry world to date. Between displays of emotional vulnerability on ESPN to the ever-teary John Boehner, this film will take you on a journey of bleary-eyes and the catharsis of simply embracing your feels.