Wednesday, September 7, 5-6:30pm, Black Box Theater in Fayerweather
5-5:30 Welcome & Snacks - Meet FAMS faculty and majors, learn about courses and upcoming events
FAMS will provide handouts on upcoming classes, public screenings and events. Faculty and fellow students will be available to answer questions and talk more about the FAMS program.
5:30-6:10 Screening of Professor Drummer's films:
Welcome Visiting Professor Emily Drummer and enjoy a screening of her films
Field Resistance - USA | 2019 | 16 min | 16mm
Charging scenes of the present with dystopian speculation, Field Resistance blurs the boundaries between documentary filmmaking and science fiction to investigate overlooked environmental devastation in the state of Iowa. Footage collected from disparate locations—a university herbarium, karst sinkholes inhabited by primordial flora and fauna, a telecommunication tower job site, a decaying grain silo, among others—interlocks to evoke a narrative of present danger and future disaster, of plant expansion and humanity’s retreat. The film rejects the human individual as the focus of narrative cinema, and, instead, adopts the perspective of a symbiotic “implosive whole” in which humans and nonhumans are related in an overlapping, non-total way.
Histories of Simulated Intimacy - USA | 2017 | 11 min | Super 8
"Great obstacles excite great passions; since eros consists not in possession but in wanting, what could stimulate eros more than distance and especially death, itself the ultimate distance?”
-John Durham Peters, Speaking into the Air
Histories of Simulated Intimacy is a sensory essay film that investigates the gaps in time and space produced by the technological mediation of human love and desire. Roving, dismembered voices – messages left for the filmmaker by former lovers, found voice messages made on gramophone discs – hunt for image-bodies, creating a simultaneous presence and absence: a woman carried gently by the flow of a Lazy River; the undulations of a darkened, glimmering dance party; memories and traces of the once massive Iowan prairies. The film explores polarities such as public and private, nature and culture, near and far, bios and techne, producing a space in which technologies of intimacy, separated by historical measurements of time, can coalesce in perpetuity.
Behind the Torchlight - USA | 2015 | 8 min | Super 8
Behind the Torchlight emerged from a separate, academic research project about women movie-theater employees in the inter-war period. The project paid special attention to ushers, known as “usherettes” at the time, in part because I was a cinema usher myself in my late teens and early twenties, and also because I was interested in their unique relationship to cinema history as both laborers and spectators in early movie theaters. The film that emerged blends archival text, clips from the romantic comedy The Good Fairy, a newsreel from an “America’s Most Beautiful Usherette” contest, and super 8 film shot at a movie palace in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Associative editing obfuscates the boundaries between found and original materials and offers instead a sense of being and time in flux.
Time for questions and conversation will follow the screening.
More about Visiting Professor Emily Drummer
Emily Drummer is a filmmaker who uses immersive research as a starting point to investigate the dynamic between technology and the natural world. She received an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa, a BA from Hampshire College. Drummer is a Princess Grace Film Honoraria recipient and a Flaherty Film Seminar fellow. Her work has been showcased internationally and she joins us this year to teach Foundations in Video Production, Filming the Non-Actor, and Art Under Surveillance.