Director, Writer and Cinematographer Michael Glawogger will present and discuss his awards-winning works, and will talk about his documentary trilogy on the world of work which includes Workingman Death (2004), Megacities (2009) and Whores’ Glory (2011), which was honored with a special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival in September. This is an ambitious and unprecedented look at globalization and the human soul on a scale seldom possible in nonfiction filmmaking.
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Jan 1, 1970 at 12:00 am
A Master Class with Michael Glawogger
with Michael Glawogger and Scott Macdonald.
Michael Glawogger is a director, writer and cinematographer and his work in each of these roles displays a broad spectrum. His recent works range from the literary adaptation Kill Daddy Good Night (2009) and the quirky comedies Slugs (2004)and Contact High (2009) to his essayist documentaries Megacities (2009) and Workingman Death (2004). He not only moves back and forth between cinematic forms and genres, but also between filmmaking, photography and writing and between gentler and more forceful tones.
Scott MacDonald is author of the on-going series, A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers, now in five volumes (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2005). His Avant-Garde Film/Motion Studies (Cambridge University Press) was published in 1993; Screen Writings: Scripts and Texts by Independent Filmmakers (California), in 1995; and The Garden in the Machine: A Field guide to Independent Films about Place (California) in 2001).
In recent years, MacDonald has published three books on institutions that have kept alternative cinema alive: the companion volumes Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society and Art in Cinema: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002, 2006), and Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor (California, 2008). His articles and interviews have been published in Film Quarterly, The Independent, Artforum, October, The Chicago Review, American Studies, ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment), Feminist Studies, and other journals. His newest book, Adventures of Perception (California), a collection of essays and interviews, was published this year.
For thirty years MacDonald’s passion has been introducing students and public audiences to the worlds of alternative cinema. In 1999 he was an Anthology Film Archives Film Preservation Honoree for his service in helping to preserve the history of alternative cinema. He has curated film events at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), at Anthology Film Archives (New York), at the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), at the Chicago Historical Society, and at many other venues. He has taught film history, American literature, and American studies, and programmed film events, at Utica College of Syracuse University (where he is Professor Emeritus), and at Hamilton College, Bard College, and Harvard University.