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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 1, 2005

NOTE: This release has been updated to reflect the new locations for the film showings

Locations Changed For UI Film Series Featuring Collage/Found Footage Films

Organizers of a semester-long film series celebrating the art of collage and found footage film have changed the locations for the upcoming screenings from the UI Main Library to several other locations across campus.

"Collage as Cultural Practice, the 2005 Obermann Humanities Symposium," which was arranged by a group of students and faculty in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, began in January and will continue through mid-April. The series of films and accompanying discussions are free and open to the public.

The next screening and talk is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Shambaugh Auditorium and is titled "Films from the Illegal Art Exhibition."

Presented by Kembrew McLeod, assistant professor of communication studies at the UI, Thursday's screening will feature films primarily taken from the Illegal Art website, which posts works that push the boundaries of copyright law by appropriating materials from popular culture. Most notably, McLeod will be presenting a rare screening of "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story." This was the first film by noted director Todd Haynes, who used Barbie and Ken dolls to tell the life story of Carpenter, but who also incurred the legal wrath of both Mattel and the Carpenter estate.

The remaining screenings are:

Thursday, Feb. 17: Collage films by Craig Baldwin, presented by Sasha Waters, assistant professor of cinema and comparative literature; 7-9 p.m. Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 2.

Saturday, Feb. 26: Collage Film Festival--locally made collage films, presented by IC Microcinema; 7-9 p.m., Tippie Auditorium, Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

March 3: Films by Ximena Cuevas, presented by Claire Fox, associate professor of English; 7-9 p.m. Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

March 31: Bill Morrison's "Decasia" (2003), presented by Jen Proctor, UI graduate student; 7-9 p.m., Bijou Theater.

Aril 21: Isidore Isou's "Venom and Eternity" (1950), presented by Dennis Hanlon, UI graduate teaching assistant in cinema and comparative literature; 7-9 p.m., Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

The series is curated by a group of students and faculty in the departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature, English, and Communication Studies and is presented in conjunction with the Collage as Cultural Practice Conference, which is being held at the UI March 24-26.

The series is a varied and fascinating tour of how filmmakers have used found footage and collage throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Found footage filmmaking and collage are techniques which represent a very broad range of topics and strategies, from finding an old film print in a thrift shop and re-editing it, to "stealing" shots from Hollywood films and adding a new soundtrack. The films shown in the series run the gamut from ethereal beauty and decaying historical footage, to fast-paced and dense political comedy/drama, to hilarious video made to be downloaded free on the Internet.

For more information about the series contact Rudolf Kuenzli, a professor in the UI departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature and English, at rudolf-kuenzli@uiowa.edu.

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