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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.

Purchase tickets here.

YBCA / San Francisco Cinematheque: Contemporary Views from the Bay Area


In partnership with San Francisco Cinematheque | October 21, 2023, 3–5 PM

Join us for nine works by ten contemporary Bay Area filmmakers, a cross-section of the Bay Area’s ever-vibrant multi-generational community curated by Steve Polta, artistic director of San Francisco Cinematheque. These works present a compelling mix of contemplative landscape study, critiques of consumerism and media representation, poetic considerations of solitude and connection, and an abiding love for the physical and chemical charms of the filmic medium itself. Full program details, program notes, and artist bios available at sfcinematheque.org →

Curated by BAN9 Curatorial Counsel member Gina Basso, the ongoing BAN9 Film series will span the entirety of the exhibition, featuring acclaimed Bay Area filmmakers, collectives, and new media artists. Offerings will vary monthly, reflecting BAN9’s curatorial themes and diving into the breadth and depth of the Bay Area’s vibrant film scene by highlighting the local organizations and individuals who contribute to the shape and form of the region’s rich cinematic landscape.


(sans)(image) (arc and Sophia Wang, 7 min, 2023, 16mm, black and white, sound)

Light Signal (Emily Chao, 11 min, 2022, 16mm screened as digital video, color, sound)

Caracole (for Mac) (Nathaniel Dorsky, 7 min, 2022, 16mm, color, silent)

The Canyon (Zachary Epcar, 15 min, 2020, 16mm, color, sound)

Locus Suspectus (J.M. Mártinez, 8 min, 2020, digital video, color, silent)

water, clock (Zack Parinella, 9 min, 2021, 16mm, black and white, sound)

The Pendulum (Linda Scobie, 3 min, 2021, 16mm, color, sound)

Girl is Presence (Lynne Sachs and Anne Lesley Selcer, 4 min, 2020, digital video, color, sound)

Tropicollage (Astria Suparak, 1 min, 2021, digital video, silent, color)

“Oberhausen meets Paderborn” / The 14th Short Film Night

NOA, NOA and A MONTH OF SINGLE FRAMES screen at The 14th Short Film Night, Paderborn University


The city of Paderborn is ready to celebrate the highlights of international short film art when “Oberhausen meets Paderborn” opens its doors for an unforgettable short film night. The event will take place on Wednesday, 18 October at 8pm at Pollux by Cineplex (Westernstraße 34, 33098 Paderborn). Tickets are available online from Cineplex or directly at the box office.

The Short Film Night offers the opportunity to discover emerging talents and renowned filmmakers from all over the world. The programme includes new works by filmmakers such as Lynne Sachs from the USA and artists from Colombia as well as German and Austrian productions. The diverse selection reflects the global range of cinematic art and invites the audience to explore new perspectives and stories.

A special highlight of the event is the presentation of short films carefully selected by students of Paderborn University. Within a seminar, the students were able to experience the “69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen” and have then put together a programme. These films are the result of passionate work and creative inspiration, covering a wide range of genres and narrative styles.

The 14th “Oberhausen meets Paderborn” Short Film Night is not only an opportunity to enjoy art and culture, but also a platform for filmmakers and the audience to exchange ideas and network. Film enthusiasts in particular will have the opportunity to see short films that are otherwise rarely seen on the internet or even on the big screen.

About “Oberhausen meets Paderborn

“Oberhausen meets Paderborn” is an annual short film night that presents the best short films from around the world. The event provides a platform for emerging filmmakers and established artists to present their work to a wide audience and celebrate the magic of short film.