Avanto - Helsinki Media Art Festival 2001. 6-11.11.2001

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Martina Kudlácek: In the Mirror of Maya Deren


(AUT/CH/D 2001, 103’, 35mm, director: Martina Kudlácek, music: John Zorn.)

In the Mirror of Maya Deren is a cinematic portrait of the legendary filmmaker and voodoo expert, Maya Deren. Born in Kiev in 1917, Deren grew up in the USA, and became one of the central figures of the American avant-garde in the 1940’s and the 1950’s. Since her early death in 1961 Deren has become a mystical character surrounded my many stories.

The documentary contains essayist images from the locations of Deren’s life and stories from Haiti and America told by Alexander Hammid, Katherine Dunham, Andre Pierre, Stan Brakhage, Amos Vogel, Jonas Mekas, Judith Malina and many others. These people relate the fascinating life story of the pioneer and uncompromising art film activist. The documentary gives a competent insight into the artist’s film work also through the rare archive material including Deren’s lectures to art students. Maya Deren’s music recordings from Haiti and John Zorn’s soundtrack enrich this portrait of the unique artist.

Thursday 21.11.2002 - Kiasma Theatre
16:00 - 'In The Mirror of Maya Deren'

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