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University of Pittsburgh Annual Lecture by Ben Orgrodnik

1 & 2 December 2017 Annual Lecture by Ben Orgrodnik PART I: Film-as-Art: Excavating the Alliance of Art Museums and Experimental Filmmakers in the 1960s and 1970s PART II: The Rise of ‘Ruin Cinema’: Experimental Filmmaking in the US Rust Belt, 1970s-1980s This event was part of the series BIMI x LUX and University of Pittsburgh Annual Lecture With few exceptions, film and media studies scholarship continues to ignore or misrepresent the role of the art museum as a vital alternative site for exhibiting noncommercial film, instead perpetuating an essentialist stereotype that museums are hostile to film, and a corollary myth of the experimental filmmaker…

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It Follows – University of Pittsburgh Annual Lecture

This article was contributed by Kelli Weston, an MPhil Film and Screen Media student In October, BIMI hosted the University of Pittsburgh’s annual lecture with a special talk by Adam Lowenstein’s on David Robert Mitchell’s film It Follows (2014). Shot and set in Detroit, Michigan, the film’s environmental implications often take a backseat to the thrill of its monsters, killings, and gore. Lowenstein’s talk, entitled ‘A Detroit Landscape with Figures: The Subtractive Horror of It Follows’, places the film firmly within the contemporary political and social climate of Detroit, a city that has, in recent years, become synonymous with scarcity and desolation. This scarcity is glaringly felt in It…

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