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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 18, 2005

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

UI Film Series Features Collage/Found Footage Films Starting Jan. 20

A group of students and faculty in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has organized a semester-long film series celebration of the art of Collage and Found Footage Film. The first screening on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at the UI Museum of Art, showcases Joseph Cornell's collage films. Additional screenings are scheduled for Feb. 3, 17, and 26, and March 3 and 31. All are free and open to the public.

Found footage filmmaking and collage are techniques that 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. Organizers say 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.

The film series has been organized by students and faculty in the departments of cinema and comparative literature, communication studies and English. It is being held in conjunction with a planned conference on Collage as Cultural Practice March 24 to 26 at the UI.

UI graduate student Alexis Bravos will host the first presentation, featuring the work of Joseph Cornell, who is best known for his mysterious and beautiful box constructions, employing elements of collage and assemblage. His films are rarely shown. The screening will include six short films that Cornell made with his assistant Lawrence Jordan, and his first film, Rose Hobart (1936).

The series continues with the following presentations:

Thursday, Feb. 3: Films from the Illegal Art Exhibition, presented by Kembrew McLeod, assistant professor of communication studies; 7 p.m. Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library

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

Saturday, Feb. 26: Collage Film Festival--locally made collage films, presented by IC Microcinema; Tippie Auditorium, John Pappajohn Business Building

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

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

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

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum. For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Alexis Bravos, lexis-bravos@uiowa.edu