Film Love, Andy Ditzler's project to promote awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film, in partnership with Emory and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, presents "YOKO ONO: reality dreams" a five week retrospective of films by and about Yoko Ono.
The series starts tonight (Friday, March 25) with two programs at the Plaza Theatre.
Program ONE: Smile John, at 7:00 PM features avant-garde godfather Jonas Mekas' diary film Happy Birthday to John, and Yoko's intimate portrait of her husband, Film No. 5 (smile)
"Happy Birthday to Johnn (Jonas Mekas, 1972) 24 minutes
Film No. 5 (Smile) (Yoko Ono, 1968) 51 minutes
John Lennon is featured as Yoko Ono’s collaborator and muse in two intimate portrait films. Jonas Mekas’s diary film of his friendship with John and Yoko covers art openings and birthday parties, featuring luminaries such as Ringo Starr and Allen Ginsberg and a unique soundtrack (unavailable elsewhere) of Lennon jamming with friends. Smile, filmed with an extreme high-speed camera, captures the gradual changes in Lennon’s expression over three minutes, stretched to fifty minutes of screen time. As film scholar Scott MacDonald says, “It’s almost as though you can see [Lennon’s] mind working... as though those of us in the theater and Lennon are meditating on each other from opposite sides of the cinematic apparatus, joined together by Ono in a lovely, hypnotic stasis.”
Program TWO: Sky Bed Peace at 9:00 PM also features two films: Ono and Lennon's Bed-In chronicles their anti-war Stuationist performance pieces holing up in hotel rooms (one in Amsterdam, one in Montreal) and inviting the press to spend a chronicle a public honeymoon. The film is paired with Apolheosis, records a Wonka-esque ascent through the cloud on hot air balloon ride.
The series continues tomorrow (Saturday March 26 at Emory University's White Hall room 206 with Program THREE:
A Falling Position
Cut Piece (Albert and David Maysles, 1965) 8 minutes
Film No. 5 (Rape) (Yoko Ono, 1969) 77 minutes
Disappearing Music for Face (Fluxfilm 4) (Chieko Shiomi, 1966) 10 minutes
Four (Fluxfilm 16) (Yoko Ono, 1966) 6 minutes
Smoking (Fluxfilm 18) (Joe Jones, 1966) 6 minutes
Freedom (Yoko Ono, 1970) 1 minute
Fly (Yoko Ono, 1970) 25 minutes
This Is Not Here (Taka Iimura, 1972) 18 minutes
Film Script #3 (Yoko Ono, 1964)
The series' final program, FIVE: Bottoms returns to White Hall room 206 at Emory on Friday, April 8 at 8:00 PM, with Film No. 4 (Bottoms), an 80 minute portrait of naked butts.
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