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Film Programs
Avant-Garde to Underground: Outliers and Film, Part I
Short Films by Bruce Conner

February 3 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Represented in the exhibition by his sculpture Rat Purse (1959), Conner is well known as one of the most prolific and influential American experimental filmmakers. Several of his notorious collage and found-footage films in the program include A MOVIE (1958); CROSSROADS (1976), with music by Terry Riley; COSMIC RAY (1961); the autobiographical LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (1959 –1967, 1996), filmed in Mexico and San Francisco; the memoirlike VALSE TRISTE (1979); the frenetic BREAKAWAY (1966), featuring dancer and choreographer Toni Basil; and AMERICA IS WAITING (1982), with soundtrack by David Byrne and Brian Eno. (Total running time approximately 80 minutes) With thanks to Michelle Silva and the Conner Family Trust for making these titles available.

still from BREAKAWAY (1966)

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