Block Cinema

The Limits of the Archive: A Conversation with Chase Joynt [Audio]

In April 2022, Chase Joynt, director of Framing Agnes (2022), visited Block Cinema for two evenings of programs. On the first night, a workshop and screening on Joynt’s filmmaking practice welcomed students and visitors interested in documentary media, trans studies, gender studies, and queer & trans archives. The workshop event was followed the next day […]

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Artist Collaborations, Block Cinema

An Immersive Practice: Conversations with Christopher Harris, Crystal Z. Campbell & Paige Taul [Audio]

Over three nights, Block Cinema organized a series of talks and screenings with three leading video artists and filmmakers. These wide-ranging conversations touched on everything from landscape representation to abstraction, and from environmental segregation to racial violence. I don’t think experimental films in and of themselves are accessible or inaccessible. I think the apparatus around […]

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Holding Binoculars, Pointing a Camera: Filmmakers Frédéric Moffet, Joelle Mercedes, and Deborah Stratman [Audio]

On February 25, 2022 filmmakers Frédéric Moffet, Joelle Mercedes, and Deborah Stratman joined Block Cinema for a conversation on their short films centered on birds and birdwatching practices. With works by Kevin Jerome Everson, Margaret Tait, Frédéric Moffet, Deborah Stratman, and additional artists, the program explored human-avian relationships from a variety of formal, emotional, and conceptual perspectives. I often […]

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The Joy and Chaos of Collectivity: Penny Allen in Conversation [Video]

In November 2021, Block Cinema screened Property (1978) by filmmaker Penny Allen. In Property, Penny Allen turns her lens to the eccentric residents of a bohemian neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The film, a critically under-seen gem of 1970s independent filmmaking, delivers an economic critique of urban renewal to warm, satirical effect. Property revels in the joy and […]

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