Ben Russell

Ben Russell: Altered States

“Ben Russell’s field studies of transfiguration invoke the magic of cinema with fearsome lucidity.” 
Cinema Scope

“Ben Russell has invented his own cinematic territory…producing a patently hypnotic result.”
Cahiers du cinéma

Jack H. Skirball Series

This program, a slightly modified version of one shown at the Centre Pompidou last fall, presents a selection of films from Ben Russell’s ongoing TRYPPS series, including River Rites, Black And White Trypps Number Three, Ponce de León, Trypps #6 and Trypps #7. Shot mostly in 16mm, though formally quite distinct, these short films “enunciate a ‘psychedelic ethnography’—in which the trip is both the means and the end,” Russell writes, noting that his films have “expanded their formal and critical language to include the various poles of action painting, avant-garde cinema, portraiture, stand-up comedy, global capitalism, and trance-dance à la Jean Rouch.” The evening concludes with the two-projector performance of The Black and the White Gods. Russell was listed among the “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50” by Cinema Scope.

In person: Ben Russell

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

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MON 2/25
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff