Woman with a Movie Camera: Shirley Clarke at 100
October 13 – 26
Born in New York in October 1919, filmmaker Shirley Brimberg Clarke (1919–1997) crafted many of the most enduring images of the New American Cinema movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Her early training with pioneering choreographers Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Anna Sokolow, and Doris Humphrey launched a career in modern dance, but after receiving a Bolex as a gift, Clarke decided to “improve the standards for movies on dance.” At once, the motion picture became her preferred métier. Clarke’s inherent sensitivity to the dynamic motions of the filming and editing process, plus her sense of spontaneity, were also compatible with another aim — she enjoyed pushing artistic boundaries and probing the social conventions of her time. This series includes a number of shorts and two of Clarke’s celebrated documentary portraits. With thanks to the Wisconsin Center for Film & Television, and to the independent distributor Milestone Films for preserving the films of Shirley Clarke.