The following notice about RMIC’s Club Cinema series came in from James Parrish. Making a Richmond stop as part of his 55-day East Coast tour, filmmaker/programmer/professor/video store owner Roger Beebe will be presenting a program of his short films and videos [tonight at the Canal Club]. What: New Maps of the New World: Films & Videos by […]
The following notice about RMIC’s Club Cinema series came in from James Parrish.
Making a Richmond stop as part of his 55-day East Coast tour, filmmaker/programmer/professor/video store owner Roger Beebe will be presenting a program of his short films and videos [tonight at the Canal Club].
What: New Maps of the New World: Films & Videos by Roger Warren Beebe
When: Tues., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary Street
These films and videos attempt to marry experimental forms with a documentary interest in a cinema as a means of engaging with pressing issues in our everyday lives. If the works are diverse in subject matter — covering such disparate topics as women in the air force in World War II, the origin of Shaquille O’Neal’s last name, and the horrors (and beauties) of suburban sprawl — and are equally diverse in format — with work in both film (16mm, super 8mm, regular 8mm) and video — they are united by their use of an ironizing poetics to cast a sidelong glance on some often overlooked realities of 20th and 21st Century Americana.
Roger was by my side at the very first Richmond Flicker on April 23, 1998 (at the time he was running the Chapel Hill Flicker, my inspiration for established the Richmond Flicker) and this visit marks his first return since. Please help me welcome Roger back to Richmond by coming out to see his amazing and quirky films. Roger Beebe is a professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida. Beebe has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as McMurdo Station in Antarctica and the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square as well as more traditional venues such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Pacific Film Archive in addition to numerous festivals, among them Sundance, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and New York Underground. He has won dozens of awards including a 2006 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida and Best Experimental Film at the 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival.
The Independent Weekly compared his work to such greats as “Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, all photographers of the atomic age whose Western photographs captured the banalities, cruelties and beauties of imperial America.” In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and is currently Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival. Mr. Beebe will be on hand to discuss his work after the screening.