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Light Industry: Jeff Keen + White Zombie

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 28, 2010

Light Industry

March 2
7:30 p.m.
Light Industry
177 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Hosted by: Light Industry

It’s two programs for the price of one! Ben Rivers has curated a retrospective of the work of British underground filmmaker Jeff Keen, plus a screening of the classic 1932 Bela Lugosi horror film White Zombie, which Keen has described as “possibly the most beautiful film ever.”

Keen has been making films since the Sixties. However, his work is relatively unknown, especially here in the U.S. There is a DVD available of his work, but it’s only available through the British Film Institute (BFI).

Also last year, it was revealed that Keen is in ill health and was in the process of being evicted from his home. Although, I haven’t been able to find any updates to this terrible situation.

Below is a partial list of Keen’s films that Rivers will be showing. But, one note before that: Light Industry has moved! The new address, which is in a downtown Brooklyn storefront, is above. Light Industry is sharing the space with Triple Canopy and The Public School New York; and they collaboratively and independently host screenings, lectures, classes, artist talks, readings, and performances.

For this particular screening, here’s a partial lineup:

Marvo Movie, 16mm, 1967, 5 mins
Cineblatz, 16mm, 1967, 3 mins
Meatdaze, 16mm, 1968, 10 mins
White Lite, 16mm, 1968, 3 mins
White Dust, 16mm, 1970-72, 33 mins
White Zombie, dir. Victor Halperin, 16mm, 1932, 67 mins

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