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Museum Of Jurassic Technology: Vanessa Renwick In Person

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 21, 2012

Museum of Jurassic Technology circular logo

Feb. 23
8:00 p.m.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90232

Hosted by: Los Angeles Filmforum

Vanessa Renwick, founder and head janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass, is heading down to Los Angeles for a special one-night only presentation of a selection of her documentaries curated by Mark Toscano.

Renwick’s poetic approach to documentary filmmaking has long made her a favorite here at the Underground Film Journal. Two of the docs that Toscano has picked for this event are not to be missed. First, Richart (2001), co-directed with Dawn Smallman, is a profile of scrap artist Richard Tracy, who has transformed his home into one massive metal sculpture that encourages tactile interaction with its visitors. Then, Britton, South Dakota (2003) is a found-footage documentary of portraits of the residents of the eponymous town shot in 1938 with a haunting, relentless score by Johnne Eschleman.

Also screening will be Portrait #1: Cascadia Terminal and Portrait #2: Trojan, as well as a brand new film, Charismatic Megafauna, scored by Lori Goldston. The new documentary combines personal footage Renwick shot of herself and her wolf dog when they were living in Chicago with “scientific” documentation of biologists reintroducing wolves into the western United States.