Inescapable Anxieties: Films by Paul Sharits

Mar. 15 - 7:30 pm
New American Art Union
922 Ankeny

About This Screening

A noteworthy participant in the American avant-garde cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, Paul Sharits (1943-1993) was also a teacher, painter, and proponent of "structural film." Intrigued by the physical properties of the filmstrip, its development and projection, Sharits created a series of films that examined the boundaries of physical perception. Driven by what he descibed as an "inescapable anxiety," Sharits unleashed his painterly explosions of light, color and rhythm in a distinct style, forever altering the history of cinema. N:O:T:H:I:N:G is a "journey toward the center of pure consciousness" while Epileptic Seizure Comparison is a study of two patients entering the convulsion stage of seizures and finally Razor Blades is a dual projection "location" that revolves around cutouts, objects, and rhythmic flickering of color.

Program Details

Tuesday March 15 + Wednesday March 16
  • N:O:T:H:I:N:G
    1968, 16mm, color, sound, 36 min.
  • Epileptic Seizure Comparison
    1976, 16mm, color, sound, 34 min.
  • Razor Blades
    1956-68, 16mm x 2, color, sound, 25 min.

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