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16mm Films by Bruce Conner at the NYPL curated by Mark Street and Lynne Sachs

Join us at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for a free invite-only screening of six 16mm prints of films by provocateur, collagist and found-footage whiz BRUCE CONNER. Hosted by New York filmmakers Mark Street and Lynne Sachs (XY Chromosome Project).

Thursday, May 16, 2024
6 – 8 PM (doors open at 5:30, limited seating)
40 Lincoln Center Plaza

Film Study Center, 3rd Floor | Free

Drawing by Brendan Winick

Street and Sachs first met in San Francisco in the late 1980s when Bruce Conner’s aura as an avant-garde filmmaker was legendary. They both watched everything he’d made, including “A Movie”, his brazen, sardonic salute to the detritus of popular culture and were smitten. “Report” is a kick in the gut, an indictment of media saturation, and a surprisingly elegiac commentary on the Kennedy assassination. “Valse Triste” moves beyond irony to create a dream-like tender world of the imagination. “Marilyn Times Five” pushes all our buttons, simultaneously titillating and infuriating the feminist in both of us. “Mongoloid” pre-curses the MTV era and stands as one of the first rock videos ever made. “Cosmic Ray” animates a Ray Charles tune with a witty mélange of unexpected recycled images. Please join us for this evening in celebration of the work of film artist Bruce Conner, an adept dumpster-diver into the trashcan of history!

All are welcome. Please RSVP to cinesalonnyc@gmail.com.

My background as Bruce’s intern in 1985:
Trying to re-splice his films.
Driving him around SF in his Cadillac convertible to look for geiger counters to buy – fear of radioactivity
Love of gospel music
Fear of dying
My children’s birth
Helping him interpret highbrow texts on his work
Story of MoMA show
His attendance at premiere of Sermons and Sacred Pictures

1958, 16mm, b&w/sound, 12min.
Music by Ottorino Respighi “Pines of Rome” (Pini di Roma)

“… a montage of found materials from fact (newsreels) and fiction (old movies). Cliches and horrors make a rapid collage in which destruction and sex follow each other in images of pursuit and falling until finally a diver disappears through a hole in the bottom of the sea – the ultimate exit. The entire thing is prefaced by a girl from a shady movie lazily undressing. By the time A MOVIE is over she has retrospectively become a Circe or Prime Mover.” – Brian O’Doherty, The New York Times” Using only found footage, Conner has created one of the most extraordinary films ever made. One begins by laughing at the juxtaposition of cowboys and Indians, elephants and tanks, but soon the metaphor of association becomes serious, as we realize we are witnessing the apocalypse.” – Freude

1963-1967, 16mm, b&w/sound, 13min.
Soundtrack: “Four Days That Shocked The World” (1963)

“Society thrives on violence, destruction, and death no matter how hard we try to hide it with immaculately clean offices, the worship of modern science, or the creation of instant martyrs. From the bullfight arena to the nuclear arena we clamor for the spectacle of destruction. The crucial link in REPORT is that JFK with his great PT 109 was just as much a part of the destruction game as anyone else. Losing is a big part of playing games.”
– David Mosen, Film Quarterly

“Conner is the most brilliant film-editor of the avant-garde. In REPORT he has used newsreel footage and radio tapes of President Kennedy’s assassination to produce a thirteen minute movie that captures unbearably, yet exhilaratingly, the tragic absurdity of that day.”
– Jack Kroll, Newsweek

1978, 16mm, sepia/sound, 5min.

“VALSE TRISTE is frankly and gracefully autobiographical of Conner’s Kansas boyhood. Here, the period of the 1940s of his source materials parallels his own life experiences.” A line of dark, wet cars file across a flooded road; a man and a boy ceremoniously burn leaves; a businessman at his desk turns to look over his shoulder to the photo of a locomotive on the wall behind him; a medium shot of an engineer in the cab of his locomotive; a shard of rock shears from a quarry wall and plunges into water …”
– Anthony Reveaux

Nostalgic recreation of dreamland Kansas 1947 in Toto. Theme music from I Love a Mystery radio programs (Jack, Doc, and Reggie confront the enigmatic lines of railroad trains, sheep, black cars, women exercising in an open field, grandma at the farm …) Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy confronts reality. Sibelius grows old in Finland and becomes a national monument.

1968-1973, 16mm, b&w/sound, 13.5min.
With Arline Hunter

“A young woman, allegedly Marilyn Monroe, is seen with pitiless scrutiny in the arena of an old girlie film. The reiteration of five cycles rotates the commodity of her moon-pale body as her song repeats five times on the sound track … ‘I’m through with love.’ The last shot terminates a final reward of stillness as she is seen crumpled on the floor.”
– Anthony Reveaux

The image, or Anima, of Marilyn Monroe was not owned by Norma Jean any more than it was owned by Arline Hunter. Images can sometimes have more power than the person they represent. Some cultures consider that an image steals the soul or spirit of the person depicted. They will dwindle and die. MARILYN TIMES FIVE is an equation not intended to be completed by the film alone. The viewer completes the equation.

1978, 16mm, b&w/sound, 3.5min.
Music by DEVO “Mongoloid”

A documentary film exploring the manner in which a determined young man overcame a basic mental defect and became a useful member of society. Insightful editing techniques reveal the dreams, ideals and problems that face a large segment of the American male population. Educational. Background music written and performed by the DEVO orchestra.

Mongoloid he was a mongoloid, happier than you and me.
Mongoloid he was a mongoloid, and it determined what he could see.
Mongoloid he was a mongoloid, one chromosome too many.
And he wore a hat, and he had a job
And he brought home the bacon so that no one knew

1961, 16mm, b&w/sound, 4.5min.
Music by Ray Charles “What’d I Say” Live from Atlanta (1959)

“COSMIC RAY seems like a reckless collage of fast moving parts: comic strips, dancing girls, flashing lights. It is the dancing girl – hardly dressed, stripping or nude – which provides the leitmotiv for the film. Again and again she appears – sandwiched between soldiers, guns, and even death in the form of a skull positioned between her legs. And if the statement equates sex with destruction, the cataclysm is a brilliant one, like an exploding firecracker, and one which ends the world with a cosmic bang. Of course, the title also refers to musician Ray Charles whose art Conner visually transcribes onto film as a potent reality, tough and penetrating in its ability to affect some pretty basic animal instincts. But if such is the content of the film – that much of our behavior consists of bestiality – the work as a whole stands as insight rather than indictment.”
– Carl Belz, Film Culture

Lynne Sachs: From the Outside In / DCTV Firehouse

Lynne Sachs: From the Outside In
Jun 7 – 11, 2024
Curated by Dara Messinger
DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema
87 Lafayette Street, NYC

2024 marks 40 years since experimental filmmaker Lynne Sachs took her first video class at DCTV. In “From the Outside In”, we traverse Sachs’ documentary films, defiant of traditional genre or style. From peering out, collecting others’ experiences and world events, to looking inward, reflecting on familial histories and entanglements, Sachs weaves the political with the personal. Through this seven-program series of screenings and discussions, with Sachs and collaborators in front of and behind the camera, this retrospective celebrates Sachs’ distinctive artistry and groundbreaking career.

Performing the Real
Fri June 7 at 7 PM
Q&A with Sachs & Lizzie Olesker (co-director of The Washing Society) moderated by filmmaker Sam Green

Eschewing the inherent distance in ethnography and observation, the responsive movement and poetry in this program’s films shine a light on Sachs’ creative impulse to drive collaborative participation and honor the role of catalyst. Special guest:  Paolo Javier (Swerve, poet collaborator).

Fossil, 1986 12 min • The Washing Society 2018 44 min • Swerve, 2022 8 min

Frames and Stanzas: An Artist Talk and Workshop

Sat. June 8 at 12 noon

Pre-registration encouraged.

In this intimate artist talk and workshop, Sachs will share her insights in bridging poetry with cinema. Participants will explore the intersection between moving images and written or spoken words. As part of the class experience, participants will explore their creative practice through writing.

It’s a Hell of a Place

Sat. June 8 at 4 PM

Q&A with Lynne Sachs moderated by Tom Day, Executive Director of Film-Makers Cooperative

A love letter to New York City – when love can also be critical, baffling, sometimes painful. The films in this program all take place in our metropolis called home.

Ladies Wear, 1983 3 min• Tornado, 2002 4 min • Your Day is My Night, 2013 63 min


Sat. June 8 at 7 PM

Q&A with Lynne Sachs moderated by artist Naeem Mohaiemen

Violence begets violence, as protest and resistance begets change. In this program, Sachs’ films dissect war, civil disobedience, and the sociopolitical tides from WWII to Vietnam and today.

The Small Ones, 2007 3 min • The Task of the Translator, 2010 10 min • E•pis•to•la•ry: Letter to Jean Vigo, 2021 5 min • Investigation of a Flame, 2001 45 min

Bodies and Bonds

Sun. June 9 at 2 PM

Q&A with Dara Messinger, Retrospective Curator

Heavy with chains that bind, this program of films magnifies Sachs’ feminist gaze through her personal diaries, family portraits, and women’s testimonies.

Drawn & Quartered, 1987 4 min • The House of Science, 1991 30 min. • And Then We Marched, 3 min. 2017 • A Year in Notes and Numbers, 1987 4 min. • Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor, 2018 9 min. • Maya at 24,  2021 4 min. • Contractions, 2024 12 min • We Continue to Speak,  2024 4 min

Tip of My Tongue + A Month of Single Frames

Mon. June 10 at 7 PM

Q&A with Lynne Sachs and Accra Shepp (member of TOMT cast) moderated by Tabitha Jackson

In A Month of Single Frames (2019, 14 min), Lynne explores filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s experience of solitude. Her text on screen brings them together in multiple spaces and times. In Tip of My Tongue (2017. 84 min.), she gathers together 12 fellow New Yorkers — born across several continents in the 1960s — to spend a weekend with her making a movie. Together they examine the ways in which uncontrollable events outside our own domestic universe impact who we are.

Film About a Father Who + The Jitters

Tues. June 11 at 7 PM

Conversation with Lynne Sachs, Dana Sachs, and Ira Sachs

Film About a Father Who (2020, 74 min) is Lynne’s attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her parent and a sister to her siblings. With a nod to the Cubist renderings of a face, her cinematic exploration of her father offers simultaneous, sometimes contradictory, views of one seemingly unknowable man who is publicly the uninhibited center of the frame yet privately ensconced in secrets. In the process, she allows herself and her audience inside to see beyond the surface of the skin, the projected reality. In The Jitters (2023, 3 min),  Lynne performs with her partner filmmaker Mark Street, celebrating who they are independently and together.

Direct link to entire program: https://www.dctvny.org/s/firehousecinema/series-and-events/lynne-sachs-from-the-outside-in

“I’ve been in awe of Lynne’s fearlessness and desire to create, make meaning, rip apart, and piece together. I see her as the epitome of an indelible artist who is driven by curiosity and empathy – not fame, industry demands, or commercial algorithms. And I appreciate her sincere gratitude to her collaborators,  and to DCTV, honorably looking back but always steps ahead. Good documentary filmmaking cannot happen in a vacuum.” – Dara Messinger, Director of Programming, DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema

“I walked into Downtown Community Television (now DCTV) in 1984 thinking I needed to take some classes on how to make a documentary film. I was 22 years old and open to any possibility, any guidance, and totally impressionable. From that moment on, I learned to challenge every conventional expectation about working with reality.  It’s an honor to bring these seven programs back to the Firehouse Theater. As I continue to explore the connections between the body, the camera and the materiality of film itself, I reflect on those early experiences that taught me to reflect upon my own relationship to the people, places and events I continue to witness as a filmmaker.” – Lynne Sachs

Individual tickets for screenings are $16, and $8 for DCTV Members. The artist talk is $20, and $10 for DCTV Members. A Series Pass grants access to all screenings for $80, and $40 for DCTV Members – artist talk is sold separately. A special print monograph will be included with the purchase of a Series Pass, and on sale at Firehouse.

Founded in 1972, DCTV (Downtown Community TV) has grown into one of the leading documentary production and film education centers in the country.  In September 2022, DCTV opened the Firehouse Cinema, a documentary theater where filmmakers and film lovers can come together in appreciation of nonfiction film.

Thank you to DCTV, Film-Makers Cooperative, Cinema Guild, and Sylvia Savadjian.

Invocaciones / Lynne Sachs Retrospective at Ambulante, Mexico City



April 11-14, 2024

Invocations | Lynne Sachs Retrospective

The 19th edition of Ambulante Documentary Tour dedicates this year a retrospective to American filmmaker Lynne Sachs, in collaboration with the Cineteca Nacional México, the Laboratorio Experimental de Cine, the Centro de Cultura Digital and Kino Rebelde. For the first time a selection of Sachs’ work is brought to Mexico, a must-see reference in avant-garde cinema in recent years. His work, as personal -sometimes even intimate- as it is political, is characterized by an uncompromising aesthetic search and experimentation that resorts to documentary, essay, collage and an endless number of formal and technical explorations.

A pioneer of experimental documentary in New York, Sachs’ work takes cinema into the realm of the poetic and beyond reflection. She introduces us to a personal and tireless search; she questions concepts so deeply rooted in the personal, the affective and the political. The border between work and life blurs, disappears and is molded into vital events where the body, death, war and feminism become vivid concepts that the sensitive and critical gaze of the artist questions.

There are many ways to approach Lynne Sachs’ poetics. On the one hand, her contemplation and respect for life allow things to be as they are; on the other hand, she is driven by a radical political action where her voice merges with other voices, where her gaze generates a collective rhythm: the poetic cry that cries out for kinder political places for all. In making the selection of films for the programs, we decided to focus on the theme of the family, as the tension between the biographical and the non-biographical brings us closer to the two main veins in Sachs’ work.

The section is comprised of two feature films: Your Day is My Night, a film that explores the collective history of the Chinese community in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues and theatrical pieces; and Film About a Father Who, in which Sachs films his father over 35 years to better understand her bond with him and her siblings.

In addition, two programs of short films are presented: the first is composed of endearing works about people intimately linked to Sachs’ own life, such as Work at the Window, Atlanta Thirty-two Years Later, A Month of Stills, With Wind in My Hair, And Then We Marched, Maya at Twenty-four, A Year in Notes and Numbers, and Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor.

The second program has a filmic character, as it is composed of films that will be screened in 16 mm: Attracted and Divided, The House of Science: A Museum of False Facts, Which Side is East: Vietnam Notebooks, A Biography of Lilit, Photograph of the Wind and The Nerves.

In these programs the political is transformed into a cinema of formal exploration, with no limits to perception. The materiality, which is detonated from the intimate, carries out dislocations from experimentation and critical thinking generates ruptures from the formal. The world is seen through the rhythm of a body moving in circles, as in Maya at twenty-four where the filmmaker films her daughter Maya at six, sixteen and twenty-four years old running in circles around her mother, as if she were propelling herself in time towards the future. Lynne reacts poetically and politically with movement to the systematic and violent territorialization that acts on our own bodies.

Manuel Trujillo “Morris
Experimental Film Laboratory

The retrospective is made up of two programs of short films -one screened in film and the other in digital format-, and the following feature films:

Your Day is My Night | Your Day is My Night | Lynne Sachs | United States | 2013 | Chinese, English and Spanish | Color | 64′.
Several immigrants living in a small apartment nestled in the heart of New York’s Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval.

Film About a Father Who | Lynne Sachs | United States | 2020 | English | Color | 74′.
For 35 years, Lynne Sachs recorded her father to understand the ties that connected her to him and her sisters. She discovered much more than she imagined.

The Filmic Invocations Program consists of the following titles:

Drawn and Quartered

The House of Science: A Museum of False Facts

Which Way is East: Notebooks from Vietnam

A biography of Lilith

Photograph of the wind

The Jitters

And the Digital Invocations Program is made up of the following titles:

Window Work

Atalanta: 32 years later

A month of single frames

With the wind in my hair

And Then We March

Maya at twenty-four

A year in notes and numbers

Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

Program of activities in Mexico City:

Thursday, April 11

Cineteca Nacional Mexico

17:00 h : Master class : Frames and stanzas. Lynne Sachs on film and poetry.

Lecturer: Lynne Sachs, filmmaker.

19:00 h | Function + Q&A | Your Day Is My Night

Lecturer: Lynne Sachs, filmmaker.

Friday, April 12

Cineteca Nacional Mexico

7:00 p.m. : Screening + Q&A : Film about a father who is a father.

Featuring: Lynne Sachs, filmmaker.

Saturday, April 13

Centro de Cultura Digital

11:00 h | Workshop: Opening the family album*.

By: Lynne Sachs, filmmaker.

*Only for registered and accepted participants.

16:00 h | Function + Q&A | Digital Invocations Program

Participant: Lynne Sachs, filmmaker.

Sunday, April 14th

Digital Culture Center

Day | Invocations

11:00 h | Workshop: Opening the Family Album*.

By: Lynne Sachs, filmmaker.

*Only for registered and accepted participants.

4:00 p.m.: Filmic Invocations Program.

18:00 h | Screening of the results of the workshop “Opening the family album”.

Participants: Lynne Sachs, filmmaker.

Women on the Verge Exhibition of Artists Affiliated with the29.art / Lynne Sachs

March 6 – March 23, 2024


Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 6pm – 8pm
Note: The Westbeth Gallery will open at 6pm on that day.

Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune Street, NY, NY
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 1-6 pm and by appointment

Westbeth Gallery is pleased to present Women on the Verge, a group exhibition of artists affiliated with the29.art, a digital platform seeking to create opportunities for self-identified women working in the arts. It is a group of more than twenty-nine well-established, mid-career, and emerging artists, diverse in practice, medium, age, ethnicity, and background.

The exhibition is curated by Kathy Brew and features films, art, poetry, and performances by the following artists:

Kathy Brew
Yoshiko Chuma
Martha Edelheit
Michelle Handelman
Julia Heyward
jennifer jazz
Pamela Lawton
Stefani Mar
Aline Mare
Lucia Maria Minervini
Helen Oji
Janet Panetta
Jeanne Quinn
Melinda Ring
Felice Rosser
Lynne Sachs
Susan Salinger
MM Serra
Shelly Silver
Pamela Sneed
Lila Zemborain

Welcome to Boog City 17.5 Arts Festival


This Sat., Feb. 17, at 12:00 p.m., we’ll be celebrating our annual Presidents Day weekend event, the Welcome to Boog City 17.5 Arts Festival. We will livestream the goings-on to 

And it will be available online in full the next day at:

Festival address: 718 5th Ave. Park Slope, Brooklyn

3:20 p.m. Mark Street (essayist)

3:55 p.m. Lynne Sachs (essayist)

Brooklyn Poets Book Launch: Rachel Edelman with Lynne Sachs and Diane Exavier


Saturday, February 17, 2024
7:00 PM  9:00 PM
Brooklyn Poets, 144 Montague StreetBrooklyn, NY, 11201

Join us for the launch of poet Rachel Edelman’s new collection of poems, Dear Memphis, on Saturday, February 17, at 144 Montague St and via Zoom! Doors will open for a wine reception for in-person guests at 6 PM and readings will begin at 7 PM. Lynne Sachs and Diane Exavier will open for Edelman. Book signing to follow.

Note that by attending this event, you agree to abide by our code of conduct and COVID-19 policy below. Effective January 8, 2024, all event attendees except readers at a safe distance on stage are required to wear masks due to the current rise in cases in NYC. Our full policy can be found at the end of the event description. Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss from our programs any participant found to be in violation of these policies. Thank you for respecting our community.

About Dear Memphis

“What do I know of exile?” asks the speaker in Dear Memphis, standing inside the colliding geographies and intimate economies of the American South. Offering a direct address to the city where the poet grew up, this collection explores the displacement and belonging of a Jewish family in Memphis, Tennessee, alongside their histories of community and environment. The simultaneous richness and spareness of Edelman’s poems sing with their attention to the particular body and what it cannot carry, what it cannot put down. Through letters, visual art, city documents, and dialogue, Dear Memphis excavates ancestry, inheritance and the ecological possibility of imagining a future.

About the Author

Rachel Edelman is a Jewish poet raised in Memphis, Tennessee, who writes into diasporic living. Dear Memphis, published by River River Books, is their debut collection of poems. Her poems have appeared in Narrative, the Seventh Wave, the Threepenny Review, West Branch and many other journals. They have received material support from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Academy of American Poets, Mineral School, Crosstown Arts, and Tin House, and finalist commendations from the Adrienne Rich Award, the Pink Poetry Prize, and the National Poetry Series. Edelman earned a BA in English and geology from Amherst College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington. She teaches language arts in the Seattle Public Schools, where embodiment and care root her personal, poetic and pedagogical practice. 

About the Opening Acts

Lynne Sachs is a filmmaker and poet who grew up in Memphis and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Over the last four decades, she has created cinematic works that defy genre through the use of hybrid forms and cross-disciplinary collaboration, incorporating elements of documentary, performance, and collage. Her films and poems explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences, often from a personal, self-reflexive point of view. With each film, Sachs investigates the implicit connection between the body, the camera and the materiality of film itself. Her early works on celluloid offer a feminist approach to the creation of images and writing— a commitment which has grounded her vision ever since. Early in her career, Lynne returned to her hometown to make Sermons and Sacred Pictures (1989), a documentary on the life and work of Reverend L.O. Taylor, an African American minister and filmmaker from Memphis. Lynne’s films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festival, and Sundance. Retrospectives of her work have been presented at the Museum of the Moving Image, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Buenos Aires International Festival, Festival International de Havana, and China Women’s Film Festival.

Diane Exavier is a writer, theatermaker and educator working at the intersection of performance and poetry. She is author of the poetry collection The Math of Saint Felix and the chapbook Teaches of Peaches. Diane concerns herself with what she recognizes as the 4 L’s: love, loss, legacy and land. Her work has been presented with the New Group, BRIC Arts, Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place and more. She has been commissioned for new play development by the Sloan Foundation, the New Group, and Lucille Lortel Theatre. Most recently, Diane coedited the 2023 new critical edition of Jean Toomer’s Cane. A 2021 Jerome Foundation finalist, Diane lives and works in Brooklyn.

Art Kino / KINO UMJETNICA – ŽENA U OGLEDALU screens Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor + Letters


Tuesday, December 19, 2023 18:00
The program is carried out in cooperation with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Croatia.
Entrance is free.

Kino umjetnica (Cinema artist) is a complementary film and video program conceived as a side program to The Visible Ones exhibition, which will be realized from December 15, 2023 to February 6, 2024 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, as a project of inter-museum collaboration between five museums (MSU Zagreb, MMSU Rijeka , Art Gallery Split, Art Gallery Dubrovnik, Museum of Fine Arts Osijek). The exhibition presents an overview of the recent work of female artists, in order to raise awareness of the need for equal visibility and representation of female artists in museum collections and exhibition programs. The production of female authors covers a wide range of topics and sensibilities and represents more than ninety female authors, and is the result of research into the representation of female artists in the art collections of museum institutions. At the same time, it presents certain aspects and mapping of the contemporary artistic practice of female authors in Croatia.

The Kino umjenica screening program is performed in the form of a dislocated dispositif from the museum’s white cube into a cinema hall or black box, in order to further expand the context and direct the focus towards the rich and diverse audiovisual production of female artists, which is formed precisely in the intermediate space of contemporary art and film. It includes two programs Topographies, Spaces, Gaps (MMSU 16.12) and Woman in the Mirror (Art-kino 19.12).

As part of the Woman in the Mirror program, three films will be shown – The Cat is Always a Woman directed by Martina Meštrović, Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor by Lynne Sachs and Woman in the Mirror by Jagoda Kaloper.

Correspondence between Programmer Branka Bencic and Lynne:

“Dear Lynne,
hope you are well
I am getting back in touch since I would like to organize a screening and bring back together works
CAROLEE, BARBARA AND GUNVOR by Lynne and A Cat is Always Female by Martina Mestrovic and Tanja Vujasinovic along with a experimental documentary by Jagoda Kaloper Woman in a Mirror (2011, 47 min) It is 1 cinema screening. It would take place at Art Kino in Rijeka, Croatia on Dec 19th, 2023…

Jagoda Kaloper was an actress and visual artist working with Jugoslav directors such as Dusan Makavejev, starring in WR Mysteries of Organism, Krsto Papic etc… This is her autobiographic visual essay.

Branka Bencic”

“Hello Branka,

I am so glad that we were able to work out this screening plan for “Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor” to be included in your program Visible (visibility of woman artists in museum collections).
I have now read about Jagoda Kaloper.  I have seen Makavejev’s WR but I was not aware of her name until you wrote to us.  The first time that I saw WR was in San Francisco in the mid 1980s and Makavejev was there in the room. I remember timidly/ boldly (not sure which?) raising my hand to ask a question from the audience.  He seemed to be offended by something I said, and I remember feeling a bit embarrassed and a bit proud, all mixed into one emotion. Anyway, if you have more info on Jagoda please send it along.
All the best, Lynne”

“Dear Lynne

As promised, I am sending you an essay I wrote in 2011 about Jagoda Kaloper’s film Woman in a Mirror, when the film was produced
Jagoda was an amazing woman, gentle, and full of stories, she took part in the student movement in 1968, hang out in the famous marxist summer school Praxis in the island of Korčula late 60s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praxis_School#Kor%C4%8Dula_Summer_School

she was famous actress starring in Yugoslav cinema including Makavejev

also, she was a visual artist that imagined first land art pieces in Yugoslavia and Croatia and interventions in public space in early 70s and worked as a graphic designer

Best regards


Original Text in Croatian:
Kino umjetnica komplementaran je filmski i video program zamišljen kao popratni program uz izložbu Vidljive, koja se realizira od 15. prosinca 2023. do 6. veljače 2024. u Muzeju moderne i suvremene umjetnosti, kao projekt međumuzejske suradnje pet muzeja (MSU Zagreb, MMSU Rijeka, Galerija umjetnina Split, Umjetnička galerija Dubrovnik, Muzej likovnih umjetnosti Osijek). Izložba predstavlja pregled recentnog stvaralaštva umjetnica, kako bi se osvijestila nužnost za ravnopravnom vidljivošću i zastupljenošću umjetnica u muzejskim kolekcijama i izložbenim programima. Produkcija autorica obuhvaća širok raspon tema i senzibiliteta te predstavlja više od devedeset autorica, a plod je istraživanja zastupljenosti umjetnica u umjetničkim zbirkama muzejskih institucija. Ujedno predstavlja određene aspekte i mapiranje suvremene umjetničke prakse autorica u Hrvatskoj.

Program projekcija Kino umjetnica izvodi se u obliku dislociranog dispozitiva iz muzejske bijele kocke u kino dvoranu ili black box, kako bi dodatno proširio kontekst i usmjerio fokus prema bogatoj i raznolikoj audiovizualnoj produkciji umjetnica koja se formira upravo u međuprostoru suvremene umjetnosti i filma. Obuhvaća dva programa Topografije, prostori, praznine (MMSU 16. 12) i Žena u ogledalu (Art-kino 19. 12).

U sklopu progrma Žena u ogledalu prikazat će se tri filma – Mačka je uvijek ženska u režiji Martine MeštrovićCarolee, Barbara & Gunvor autorice Lynne Sachs te Žena u ogledalu  Jagode Kaloper.

Lynne Sachs at MassArt Ciné Culture (MACC) Screening Series

Thursday, November 9, 2023 5pm


Each semester, the MassArt Ciné Culture (MACC) Screening Series brings to campus a diverse group of filmmakers and moving image artists for screenings, panel discussions, master classes, and performances.

Most Ciné Culture cinematheque screenings are held in MassArt’s Design and Media (DMC) Center Lecture Hall on Thursday evenings. Cinematheque screenings are now open to the MassArt community and the larger public, and are generally followed by discussions / Q+A sessions with the visiting filmmakers, in person or via Zoom livestream in the Lecture Hall.

The Fall 2023 installment of the Ciné Culture series is programmed and moderated by MassArt Film/Video Professor and Department Chair Tammy Dudman. For information, contact cine-culture@massart.edu.

The Ciné Culture series was established in 2018 by filmmaker and former MassArt Film/Video department professor Soon-Mi Yoo, and is made possible witht the support of MassArt’s Office of Academic Affairs.

A Note from Lynne

The only moment I have felt any hope since the intense conflict in Palestine/ Israel reignited in October whatsoever was during the screening of my film “States of UnBelonging” at the Ciné Culture screening at Mass College of Art on the exact day that the national Free Palestine student walk-out was called.  The day felt both charged and appropriate, a day in which many people were apprehensive about coming together to talk about the violence and despair we were in and continue to witness in the Middle East. Yes, we were nervous but we decided to go forward in showing  “States of UnBelonging”, a 2005 film that still sadly speaks to the incredible tensions in that part of the world.

To my, and I think our, surprise and relief, the conversation was deeply felt by what seemed like all 25 (I am guessing the number) of the students, faculty and members of the public. Here are a few reasons that I think things worked out so well:

I think that having invited and encouraged the Muslim students in the class to vocalize their own thoughts and experiences in a formal way gave them acknowledgement and stature from the very beginning. 

Asking everyone to speak in an ordered and thoughtful way meant that people listened carefully and knew when they would be speaking based on the configuration of the seating.  Once we did that, no one needed to speak up to be heard, and everyone added their own nuanced feelings.

In this way, those students who have not yet begun to engage with the current global turmoil seemed to feel more curious, more engaged, and more prone to carving out their own opinions and feelings in the future. 

There was a sense that every thought mattered, whether you were an expert or a newcomer to the discussion.

I felt nourished by the experience of spending that evening in the Mass Art community. The students are so lucky to have the amazing faculty and staff support, caring about them in a profound and deeply meaningful way.  As one of the Muslim students said that evening, he felt heard, and that is simply because people on that campus are listening and encouraging others to do the same.

Theater Münster / Resistance, Faith, Law – Investigation of a Flame

Theater Munster / Cinema & Kurbelkiste Film Screening and Discussion
November 11 at 3:15 p.m.
Cinema crank box

Climate stickers, blockades, demonstrations and spray attacks. Is this law or crime? Does democracy need civil disobedience? “Investigation of a Flame” by Lynne Sachs documents an anti-war action by Catholic activists, the Catonsville Nine, against the Vietnam War – and interviews those involved about it thirty years after their action. The Frankfurt lawyer Samira Akarbian has just published her award-winning doctoral thesis on “Civil Disobedience as a Constitutional Interpretation”. We watch the film with her in the Kurbelkiste cinema and discuss civil disobedience today. Afterwards there will be Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the Münster Theater, which was inspired, among other things, by the action of the Catonsville Nine. Audience discussion following the performance.
This is the third event in Heaven, Hell, Happy End , the new series that accompanies musical theater productions. The deputy chairwoman of QueerBw, Lieutenant Colonel iG Anastasia Biefang, was a guest at the first event. At the second appointment we already had a conversation with the director Lynne Sachs about her film Investigation of a Flame.

Upstate Films / Film About a Father Who with director Lynne Sachs in person

Upstate Films – Starr Rhinebeck
Closeup Filmmaker Program
Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30pm


Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, Lynne Sachs filmed her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Park City, Utah. Film About a Father Who is her raw and eye-opening attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her parent and a sister to her siblings. Sachs’ cinematic exploration of her father offers simultaneous, sometimes contradictory, views of one seemingly unknowable man. As the startling facts mount, she discovers more about her father than she had ever hoped to reveal.

“[A] brisk, prismatic and richly psychodramatic family portrait.” – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

Filmmaker Michael Gitlin will moderate a conversation with Lynne Sachs, after the film.

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