Films created by several members of the SVA faculty are getting noteworthy screenings around the globe. Starting close to home, BFA Film, Video and Animation Department faculty member Manny Kirchheimer has his graffiti documentary Spraymasters opening MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight series on Wednesday, February 13, at 6pm. Over the course of an hour and a half, four former NYC graffiti artists reflect on their teenage years as renegades sneaking into rail yards, decorating subway cars and eluding arrest. On the following day and a continent away, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department faculty Grahame Weinbren is presenting a program of his moving-image works, Letters, as part of the Four Flicks for Clicks program at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Next, March 2008 will see alumnus and faculty member Benita Raphan’s (BFA 1984 Graphic Design) Great Genius and Profound Stupidity screening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, for its Women With Vision film festival. Running throughout the month, the film looks at the origins of genius and includes interviews with choreographer Merce Cunningham, philosopher Avital Ronell and scientist and author Oliver Sacks.
Image: Manny Kirchheimer, still from Spraymasters, 2007.