We here in Middle Tennessee are missing the Belcourt hard, especially now that the rainy Spring season has begun... So, to get our popcorn and cultiplex fix, we have increased the amount of films shown in the Blue Room at Third Man Nashville headquarters this month. Hooray! Here are the details on the three upcoming films to grace our projector... All screenings cost $10/($8 Belcourt members). Click through for trailers and advance tickets!
Dir. Ciro Guerra, Columbia, 2016, NR, 122min, Digital
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2016 Academy Awards
d. George A. Romero, US, 1977, 95min, 16mm
Peripheral Visions is a monthly screening series of 16mm cult and genre films from the 70's and 80's
Martin is a young man who lives with his great uncle in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He claims to be 84 years old, but people don’t believe him because he doesn’t look a day over 30. Martin wants to be normal, but he has a sickness. The only way he can survive is by drinking blood. Director George Romero’s modern take on classic vampire mythology and the intersection of superstition and psychology tears down the conventions of the genre while creating an entirely new, ultimately much more horrific tale where no magic lies in the myth. Only madness.
d. Joseph Bernard, USA, 1977-1983, digital, trt 77m
Filmmaker Joseph Bernard will present his films in person, followed by a Q&A.
In just the decade spanning 1975-1985, Joseph Bernard - painter, mixed-media artist, and former student of Stan Brackage - made over 100 works on 8mm film. Punctuated by an ever-shifting conceptual framework and Bernard's nomadic state of being, the films are as much kaleidoscopic abstractions of light and texture as they are personal expressions and a mode of self-inquiry - they dually create an ethereal space while invoking the specific locale of their creation (Detroit, Chicago, New York, and the salty oceanfront of Provincetown, MA) Following frustrations spurned by cost of materials, Bernard withdrew from filmmaking completely in 1985. As Phil Coldiron notes in a recent Cinema Scope feature on Bernard, "American experimental cinema is considerably poorer for both the brevity and obscurity of his career."
Now, after three decades of purgatory, Bernard's films have been resurrected and are enjoying a second life. The original 8mm masters have been digitally scanned and restored, and are receiving overdue praise and exhibition across the country. 40 of them have been assembled in a stunning Blu Ray retrospective, titled PRISMATIC MUSIC. Joseph has selected several of his works to be exhibited in two thematically distinct programs for Third Man Record's Nashville and Detroit locations. The screenings each offer a unique lineup and will be shown in four segments, prefaced by introductions from Bernard.