Cinematheque108 Presents: FALLING LESSONS with Amy Halpern

October 7, 2010, 7:00 P.M.

SCA 108, George Lucas Building, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 invites you to a special screening of Falling Lessons
featuring experimental filmmaker Amy Halpern in person

Falling Lessons

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Directed by Amy Halpern

Followed by a Q&A with the director

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Free Admission. Open to the Public.


About the Film

"Amy Halpern's 64-minute Falling Lessons is a stunningly sensual, life-affirming experience from a major expeerimental film artist that is open to myriad meanings. The film is a rhythmic montage of almost 200 faces, human and animals, that Halpern pans vertically, creating a cascade of visages suggesting that while individuals express a range of emotions they remain ultimately enigmas.

The glimpses of life going on around all these faces have an unsettling, even apocalyptic quality, and the film forces you to consider living beings and their value collectively rather than selectively. Halpern's rich, inspired mix of sounds, words and music complements her images perfectly."

- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times


About the Guest

Amy Halpern (Director) is a filmmaker and artist who has been working with light, camera and movement for more than 38 years. She has been making abstract films since 1972.

Born and raised in New York City, Halpern studied & performed in modern dance with Anna Sokolow & Lynda Gudde, worked in the early 1970s in 3-D shadow-play with Ken Jacobs' New York Apparition Theatre and co-founded New York’s Collective For Living Cinema.

Halpern moved to Los Angeles in 1974, where she completed a graduate degree in film at UCLA. She has worked on many Hollywood and independent feature films as gaffer and/or cinematographer, including Charles Burnett's My Brother’s Wedding, Pat O'Neill's Decay of Fiction and David Lebrun's Breaking the Maya Code. In 1975 she was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis, devoted to the presentation of avant-garde film work. She has also had a long career as a teacher of film and writing at USC, Otis-Parsons Art Institute, Cal State L.A., and Cal State Northridge.

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series is an educational forum that aims to expand awareness and understanding of experimental, foreign, and documentary film outside of Hollywood. Events are on Thursday evenings in The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, unless otherwise noted. Please note that there will be no food, drink, or gum allowed inside the theater.

View the Fall Calendar for Cinematheque108

About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Benjamin Miller
Phone: 937.602.8197