Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
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Sun, Mar 8, 2020

Los Angeles Filmforum Presents
Writer Jane Wodening In Person!
An Evening with Jane Wodening

Now a prolific writer, Jane Wodening played an unheralded but significant role in the American avant-garde film movement. The first wife of film artist Stan Brakhage, she appeared in many of Brakhage’s films during their 30-year marriage, including "Window Water Baby Moving" (1959), one of the best-known works in the canon of American avant-garde film. Jane was an essential part of Stan’s construction of a transcendent mode of cinematic vision refracted through everyday life in their family home in the Rocky Mountains. She has only recently begun to talk about those years again - this is a rare public appearance by this great storyteller.

Films include:
“Cat's Cradle” (1959, 7 min. Dir. Stan Brakhage) "Sexual witchcraft involving two couples and a 'medium' cat." - Cinema 16

Excerpt from WALDEN (1969, 17 min. Dir. Jonas Mekas) This clip from the famed Mekas documentary (also known as DIARIES NOTES AND SKETCHES) centers on the filmmaker's encounter with the Brakhages.

"Hymn to Her” (1974, 3 min. Dir. Stan Brakhage) "HER" to me is always Jane, in the first place, but also Hera: "goddess of women and marriage," naturally enough. Then, too, as it is a hymn of light, and as he/me feels the self that way, it sings of and to itself.

“Jane Brakhage” (1959, 10 min. Dir. Barbara Hammer) A documentary on the pioneer woman, her wisdom, philosophy and common sense: Jane Brakhage as herself is the viewpoint rather than Jane Brakhage, wife of the filmmaker, Stan Brakhage.
Preserved by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation's Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

"Creation” (1979, 17 min. Dir. Stan Brakhage) "The whole time I was watching I kept thinking that you were a master of the North, the arctic landscape - the dark red flowers in the dusky light, the deep blue light, the tall trees with the running mists, and Jane looking ... the ice, the water, the moss, the golden light. A visual symphony." - Hollis Melton

Los Angeles Premiere! "Apricity” (2019, 22 min. Dir. Nathaniel Dorsky) The title Apricity refers to the warmth of the sun in winter. It is an homage to the writer Jane (Brakhage) Wodening. In speaking to her I mused, "perhaps your age is the winter and you are the warmth of the sun." - Nathaniel Dorsky

Discussion following with writer Jane Wodening.
100 minutes. | Ticket prices: $12 General, $8 Cinematheque Members. Free to Filmforum members. | Screening format: 16mm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian • Sun, Mar 8, 2020 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Director Erin Espelie In person!
Sun, Nov 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Dec 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Jan 12, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Jan 19, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 7:30pm
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US Premieres! Filmmaker Andrea Rodea In Person!
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 - 7:30pm
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