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L.A. Filmforum: Robert Beavers In Person

By Mike Everleth ⋅ October 24, 2009

Exterior of the Hammer Museum in Westwood, California

Oct. 25
7:00 p.m.
Billy Wilder Theater, in the UCLA Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by: L.A. Filmforum, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Getty Research Institute, CalArts Film/Video, and REDCAT

For the first time ever, legendary underground filmmaker Robert Beavers will be in Los Angeles for a screening of some of his more recent work, from 1980 to 2007. The full list of films screening are listed below.

Beavers moved to NYC in the mid-1960’s to pursue his avant-garde filmmaking career where he met his mentor and romantic partner, Gregory Markopoulos. The two soon left the U.S. and lived in Europe together until Markopoulos passed away in 1992. The two refused to screen their work outside of their new home until recently where Beavers has been touring the U.S. with his own films. Beavers has founded the Temenos Association, which preserves and promotes both his own and Markopoulos’ films.

For the past decade, Beavers has been extensively re-editing all of his films so that they make up a single omnibus film entitled My Hands Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure. But here are the individual films that will be screening in L.A.:

Amor (1980, 15 min. 35mm, color, Italy/Austria)
The Stoas (1991-97, 22 min., 35mm, color, Greece)
The Ground (1993-2001, 20 min., 35mm, color, Greece)
Pitcher of Colored Light (2007, 24 min., 16mm, United States/Switzerland)

For more info and a more detailed description of the films, please visit the L.A. Filmforum website.