Robert Haller via Zoom
Ciné Salon: XXV: HALLER1
Ciné Salon Fall 2021 honors the remarkable film historian, film archivist and photo documentarian Robert A. Haller (1942-2021).  
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Robert Haller will discuss the joyous landmark films of experimental filmmaker, poet and playwright James Broughton via a 2010 interview recorded by Stephen Silha and Eric Slade for Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton. The in-depth discussion covers Haller’s professional relationship with Broughton and Broughton’s place as the poet who helped bring cinema censorship to an end with the popular success of his freewheeling romp The Bed (1968). Haller immortalized Broughton’s image in a photograph of Broughton filming Erogeny, a film Haller produced at Pittsburgh Film-Makers in 1976.

His films are celebrations of the joy of living. —Jonas Mekas

Do you want to join the Order of the Brothers of Light, founded in 1895 by two French brothers aptly named Lumière?” —James Broughton

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FILMS: Selections from Robert Haller Big Joy interview (2010) Stephen Silha, Eric Slade 66’; Mother’s Day (1948) 21:55’; Four in the Afternoon (1951) 14:27’; The Bed (1968) 19:05’; The Water Circle (1975) 3:03’; Together (1976) with Joel Singer 2:53’; Erogeny (1976) 5:15’; The Potted Psalm (1946) with Sidney Peterson 18:21’. Films by James Broughton unless noted. Courtesy Big Joy, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, MDPL Collection. TRT 145 mins.

BIO:  JAMES BROUGHTON (1919-1999) was a member of the San Francisco Renaissance and Radical Faeries. In his poems and films, he used accessible language and sly humor to explore themes of sexuality, mysticism and a personal mythology, often borrowing structurally from nursery rhymes and children’s songs. Broughton made more than twenty experimental films with honors bestowed by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and American Film Institute Award for Independent Film and Video Artists.

BIO: ROBERT HALLER (1942-2021) was a major figure of the American avant-garde film scene and served for decades as the Director of Special Projects and Library Collections at Anthology Film Archives, New York. He wrote numerous books, catalogues and program notes on films and about filmmakers, such as Fritz Lang, Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger, Jim Davis, Amy Greenfield, Pittsburgh filmmakers and many more. His photographs of avant-garde filmmakers provide an invaluable record dating from 1970 to present.


COSPONSORS: AVA Gallery and Art Center, Canyon Cinema, CATV, Department of Film and Media Studies Dartmouth College, Filmmakers Showcase, Film Video Digital, Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth, Howe Library, Jones Media Center Dartmouth Library, Re:Voir Video and VTIFF Vermont International Film Festival.