Robert Nelson

Still Underground: Films by Robert Nelson

"Hauling Toto Big is a dense and ecstatic work of fragmented narratives, dream states, chaos and serenity… a culmination of Nelson’s cinematic interests." - Mark Toscano, Academy Film Archive

Jack H. Skirball Screening Series

Known for prankster experimentalism and on-the-spot invention, the films of San Francisco native Robert Nelson are among the defining landmarks of the post-Beat American underground of the 1960s and ’70s. His free-spirited approach, sharp wit, and artistic rigor marked inspired collaborations with William T. Wiley, William Allan, Steve Reich, and the Grateful Dead, and helped shape a language and style for the burgeoning psychedelic culture. Nelson has only recently made his early films available again, and this evening he presents three: The Off-Handed Jape (with Wiley, 1967, 9 min., 16mm), The Awful Backlash (with Allan, 1967, 14 min., 16mm) and Bleu Shut (with Wiley, 1970, 33 min., 16mm). Concluding this program is Nelson’s latest major work, Hauling Toto Big (1997, 43 min., 16mm), winner of the Grand Prize at the 1998 Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Featuring a rare appearance by Robert Nelson

The Jack H. Skirball Screening Series is curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud

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Date/Time G ST CA
Mon 1.21.08 8:00 pm $9 $7 $4

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff