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Microscope Gallery: Penny Lane & Brian Frye

Drawing of a microscope

Feb. 5
7:00 p.m.
Microscope Gallery
4 Charles Place
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Hosted by: Microscope Gallery

Brian L. Frye and Penny Lane are two recently married experimental filmmakers and this screening, entitled “From Here to Eternity: Occasional Histories,” features selections that they’ve made separately and together.

Most excitingly, the pair will present a 15-minute excerpt from their current work-in-progress, the feature-length documentary Our Nixon. The film features actual Super-8 footage filmed by President Nixon’s closest aides, a who’s who of those involved in the Watergate scandal: Chief of Staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, Chief Domestic Advisor John Ehrlichman, Special Assistant to the President Dwight Chapin, and Deputy Assistant Larry Higby.

Our Nixon is the first opportunity for the general public to see this long forgotten footage. You can watch clips of some of it in the trailer below. After the Nixon White House made these “home movies,” all the film was confiscated by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and ignored.

In addition to the Our Nixon excerpt, there will be four short films by Frye and three short films by Lane that they produced independently of each other. Both filmmakers explore issues of history, both personal and popular in their work. One film in particular, Lane’s The Voyagers, was made as a wedding present for Frye. The film details the development of the Voyager space program and the romance between Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan that grew through their participation in it.

The full lineup of films screening is below. And below that is the trailer for Our Nixon.

Nadja, dir. Brian L. Fry (2000, 8 min., 16mm, b&w, sound)
Oona’s Veil, dir. Brian L. Fry (2000, 8 min., 16mm, b&w, sound)
In Love with Love, dir. Brian L. Fry (2000, 3 min., 16mm)
The Anatomy of Melancholy, dir. Brian L. Fry (1999, 11 min., 16mm, b&w, sound)
How to Write an Autobiography, dir. Penny Lane (4 min., video, color)
The Commoners, dir. Penny Lane (2009, 12 min., video, color)
The Voyagers, dir. Penny Lane (2010, 16 min., video, color)
Our Nixon — Excerpt: “Nixon Goes to China,” dir. Penny Lane and Brian L. Fry (release date 2011, 15 min)