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Anthology Film Archives: James Fotopoulos: New Films & More

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 22, 2011

Exterior corner of the Anthology Film Archives

Jan. 5 & 6, 2012
Various Times (see below)
Anthology Film Archives
2nd Ave at 2nd St.

Hosted by: Anthology Film Archives & Microscope Gallery

Insanely prolific filmmaker James Fotopoulos will screen several of his most recent works over two days — Jan. 5 & 6, 2012 — at the Anthology Film Archives. The screenings are also being presented in conjunction with Brooklyn’s Microscope Gallery, which will be hosting an exhibition of Fotopoulos’ artwork beginning on Jan. 7.

The two-day event will begin on Jan. 5 at 7:00 p.m. with the World Premiere screening of Chimera, a look at the relationship between President Ronald Reagan and CIA Director William Casey, as seen through the eyes of alien living thousands of years in the future. Chimera is part of a recent series of films by Fotopoulos that take an abstract view of politics.

Then, at 9:15 p.m. on the 5th, there will be two more world premieres screening back to back. First is a film produced back in 2008 that was written by artist Raymond Pettibon. Untitled (Thanks. Get In…) follows the exploits of a former 1940s leading man and a stag model hitchhiker he picks up in West Hollywood in the 1960s. Then, Thick Comb was produced this year, but is the realization of one of Fotopoulos’ earliest written screenplays and is about an adult movie producer tracking down the world’s greatest lover for a new film.

On Jan. 6 at 7:00 p.m., there will be a screening of Fotopoulos’ trippy Alice in Wonderland, an adaptation of an 1886 musical based on the work of Lewis Carrol. The film combines live action, sculptures, drawings and text to trace the evolution of late-19th century painting, literature and theater.

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