FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date: October 2, 2001

    Contact:  Ron Sakolsky, 206-7887

UIS to present Surrealist Film Festival

            SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s fall semester class Surrealist Subversion will sponsor a Surrealist Film Festival on two Tuesdays -- October 9 and November 20 -- in Brookens Auditorium on the UIS campus.  Films will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. on a large screen.  The event is free and open to the public. 

            The program on October 9 will feature the following surrealist classics:

Emak Bakia by Man Ray (18 minutes), a film that has been described as a “cine poem”;  

Early Abstractions #1-10 (1941-1957) (22 minutes), a hand drawn and batiked animation and collage by Harry Smith;

Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren (1943-1959) (14 minutes), a surrealist-influenced film done in collaboration with Alexander Hammid, with music by Teiji Ito;

L'Age D'Or (The Age of Gold) by Luis Buñuel (1930) (62 minutes), done in collaboration with Salvador Dali and hailed by the Paris Surrealist Group as “one of the most extensive sets of demands proposed to human consciousness to this day.”

The program on November 20 will showcase the surrealist films of contemporary Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer.

In Darkness Light Darkness (1989) (7 minutes), a fragmented man emerges out of the darkness to construct his physical self with help -- and hindrance -- from some very insistent body parts.

Conspirators of Pleasure (1996) (83 minutes) uses the city of Prague to showcase the story of six ordinary, if somewhat seedy, individuals who, with almost no dialogue, obsessively and painstakingly prepare their sexual feasts.

Jan Svankmajer:  The Animator of Prague (27 minutes) is a documentary showing Svankmajer at work in his studio. Scenes from his films illustrate the “secrets” to his techniques.

For more information about these films or the festival, contact Ron Sakolsky, UIS professor of Public Administration, at 206-7887.