Bruce Conner's Explosive Cinema

Bruce Conner's Explosive Cinema: A Tribute, Part 2

"Bruce Conner's ecstatic films... are a blast--witty, exuberant, despairing, engaged, apocalyptic." The New York Times

Jack H. Skirball Series

Co-presented with Los Angeles Filmforum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, where Bruce Conner's Explosive Cinema: A Tribute, Part 1 is being shown on February 28. See for program info.

Influential maestro of found footage Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was often described as the father of MTV-style editing. His reply: "Don't blame me!" An artist of explosive intensity and enigmatic allure, Conner displayed a legendary mastery of assemblage, drawing, collage and film. At once voluptuous and razor-edged, Conner's compact, cinematic bombs are an inspired mix of heartfelt meditation and tragicomic political satire. Surveying the filmmaker's work over a 50-year span, the program includes A Movie (1958, 12 min.), Marilyn Times Five (1973, 14 min.), Permian Strata (1969, 4 min.), Mea Culpa (1981, 4 min.), Looking for Mushrooms (1967, 3 min.), Looking for Mushrooms (1996 version, 15 min.), Report (1967, 13 min.), Television Assassination (1995, 14 min.), Take the 5:10 to Dreamland (1977, 5 min.), Valse Triste (1977, 5 min.) and Easter Morning (2008, 10 min., DV).

In person: Dennis Hopper, longtime Conner friend and co-conspirator, and guest of honor Jean Conner

Curated by Timoleon Wilkins, Michelle Silva and Steve Anker.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

Associated Images: 

MON 3/2
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff