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29мар06:0008:30SCREENING: An Evening with Michael Almereyda

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SCREENING: An Evening with Michael Almereyda

⌚️2023-03-29 06:00:00 – 2023-03-29 08:30:00
🏢2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA

Mezzanine presents an Evening with Michael Almereyda: ANOTHER GIRL, ANOTHER PLANET + THE ROCKING-HORSE WINNER.

One of the most adventurous American independent filmmakers working today, Michael Almereyda’s career has neatly oscillated between genre films (Nadja), biopics (Experimenter, Tesla), intimate documentaries (Skinningrove) and Shakespeare adaptations (2000’s Hamlet) with an inventiveness that is always personal and engaging, regularly working with Hollywood actors and non-professionals alike to reach the most intuitive narrative approach. Among his most strangely beautiful works are two black-and-white films from the early ‘90s shot on Fisher-Price’s PXL2000, also known as “Pixelvision”. The lightweight plastic camcorder, originally conceived for children in 1987, was not long for the market; but its grainy textures and formal limitations became fecund for experimental narrative filmmakers at the turn of the decade. These films, featuring some of Almereyda’s most memorable characters and dialogues, are exemplary of his arresting, highly original approach to storytelling.



The first feature film shot entirely on a Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera, Almereyda’s deadpan romantic comedy is set within the confines of an East Village walk-up, where Bill (Barry Sherman) seeks validation from a series of young women (Elina Lowensohn, Mary Ward, Isabel Gilles) orbiting in and out of his apartment, while his married neighbor (Nic Ratner) comes over to blow off steam and play choice LPs from his collection. Completely embracing a visual technique of “electronic pointillism” (J. Hoberman), Almereyda’s restless blend of a ghostly avant-garde aesthetic with a distinctly Gen-X form of anxiety and alienation results in one of the great unsung independent films of the 1990s.

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A gambler (Eric Stoltz) comes to live with his sister (Paula Malcolmson) and discovers his young nephew (Jesse Forrestal) can predict the winner of horse races by riding on his rocking horse. An adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence story.

We are thrilled to have Michael Almereyda in person for a conversation after this screening.


*Note: To respect our audience and the filmmakers, the box office will close shortly after the screening begins. Ticketholder admission is not guaranteed if guest arrives more than 15 min after announced screening time.*


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