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JJ Murphy: Pacific Northwest Tour: Oct. 6-9

By Mike Everleth ⋅ October 5, 2013

Man sits on a porch holding his legs.

Experimental filmmaker. Screenplay guru. Andy Warhol expert. Yes, JJ Murphy is all of these things — and he’s bringing his varied cinematic interests on a personal tour of the American Pacific Northwest this Oct. 6-9.

The fun begins at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington on Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m. for an exciting screening of Murphy’s newly restored classic experimental film Print Generation. For this much acclaimed film, Murphy took one minute of the same film footage and re-printed it fifty times, over the course of which the image gradually — and radically — transforms into an abstraction of its original self.

This new print of Print Generation comes courtesy of Mark Toscano and the Academy Film Archive. The film will screen at this event along with two other short works by Murphy. Click here for more information.

Murphy and Print Generation will then move to Portland, Oregon for another screening at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), courtesy of Cinema Project, on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Then, on the 8th, also at 7:30 p.m. at PICA, Murphy will be on hand to discuss two films by Andy Warhol, which will be screening: Bufferin is a portrait of Warhol’s longtime assistant Gerard Malanga; while The Velvet Underground in Boston is thought to be only one of two films in existence with synchronous sound of the band performing. Click for more info.

(Murphy is the author of the recently published overview of the films of Andy Warhol, The Black Hole of the Camera. Highly recommended reading for all film fans.)

Then, finally in Eugene, Oregon at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m., there will be another screening of Warhol’s Bufferin and The Velvet Underground in Boston, with Murphy on hand to discuss the films and the artist’s film career overall. Plus, Murphy will screen his own short experimental film, Sky Blue Water Light Sign (1972). Click for more info.

So, if you happen to be in or near any of these three cities on these dates, they are the place to be the next few days!