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Art & Architecture on Film: Film Screenings at UCSB Pollock Theater

UCSB Pollock Theater
03/11/2012 1:00 & 3:00 PM


1:00 PM – In a Dream


“As a story about art and artists, In a Dream is smoothly engrossing. As a portrait of a sweet but slightly fractured man, it’s one of the most unexpectedly touching documentaries I’ve ever seen.” – Scott Weinberg, Cinematical

In a vibrant, bohemian neighborhood of South Philadelphia, 50,000 square feet of concrete are covered with mirrors and tile — mosaics created by Isaiah Zagar, an eccentric, tormented artist. They chronicle his love for his wife and subtly hint at the darker corners of his extraordinary imagination.
(Jeremiah Zagar, 2008, 80 min.)


3:00 PM – Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui
and The Future of Mud: A Tale of Houses and Lives in Djenne


“In the very best tradition of documentary filmmaking, Vogel’s sensuously contoured films tell stories.” African Arts journal, UCLA


A pairing of films by art historian and anthropologist Susan Vogel: The first tells the powerful, remarkably personal story of acclaimed African artist El Anatsui, who converts used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. (2010, 53 min.) The second examines an African tradition of mud architecture in Mali through the story of a mason and the secret knowledge he inherited from his family of masons. (2007, 58 min.)


Filmmaker Susan Vogel will be in attendance.

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