Thursday, Feb 27 at 7:30 pm
Screening to be followed by discussion with Tamer Hassan and Armand Yervant Tufenkian
Tamer Hassan and Armand Yervant Tufenkian will join us to share a special screening of their feature ACCESSION. As a part of a special presentation with Microscope Gallery, this screening will be followed by several outtake selections from this unique travelogue for additional context. Mubi says, “filmmakers Hassan and Tufenkian have done more than just bemoan the slow fading away of a ritual—the careful and deliberate cultivation and digging of the earth—that is as old as we are, but have also contributed, by celebrating the unassuming diligence of those carrying on, their own elegiac visual love letter to the inventory. ”
Shooting for more than five years in 13 locations around the U.S., they traced a collection of letters to the homes where each was sent or received in this epistolary celebration of the small scale and the analogue. The letters, written to accompany seed packets sent between friends and families that date as far back as 1806, are read aloud by individual narrators, unfolding as personal-poetic reflections on life and labor in rural America. Via a variety of 16mm film stocks, Accession maps a visual and aural correspondence between anonymous people and places with an exploratory flair.
Join us for this special screening and a conversation following with Tamer and Armand in attendance.
48min Followed By Assorted Outtakes
Followed by Assorted Outtakes
Tamer Hassan is a filmmaker, film editor, cinematographer and teacher. His work has been exhibited at Lincoln Center, Viennale, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, EXPO Chicago, Mana Contemporary, and elsewhere. He recieved an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been a fellow at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art and The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. His work as an editor and cinematographer has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, Oberhausen Film Festival, Galerie Thomas Schulte Berlin, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and elsewhere. He currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Armand Yervant Tufenkian is a first-generation Armenian-American filmmaker. His work has screened most recently at the Viennale, Art of the Real at Lincoln Center, Mar del Plata, Underdox, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, among others. He did doctoral studies in philosophy, poetics, and film at Duke University and studies in fine arts at the California Institute of the Arts. He lives near Los Angeles, where he is working on a new film titled In the Manner of Smoke.
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