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Film Showing: Cinema & Sanctuary

Date: June 26, 2022
Time: 1:35 PM - 2:35 PM
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Director: Dave Davidson

“Cinema and Sanctuary” tells the astonishing and little-known story of the first documentary film school in America. Under the watchful eye of renowned avant garde filmmaker and DADAist, Hans Richter, The Film Institute at the City College of NY exposed generations of working class kids raised on Hollywood movies to the power of documentary film. Richter's students ranged from Oscar winners Alan Heim and Lawrence Silk to avant-garde experimenters Shirley Clarke and Jonas Mekas. Despite its enormous impact, the Institute proved to be too far ahead of its time. Short-sighted college administrators claimed that the teaching of the most powerful art form of the modern era belonged “in trade schools” and not at a senior college. Outraged students responded in protest, staging a ‘cinematic invasion’ of the President’s house in the spirit of Hans Richter’s DADA political theatre.

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