Thursday, Oct 14 at 8:00 pm
Last Light of a Dying Star
With Roger Beebe
We are so excited to join hands with Roger Beebe for a special birthday celebration performance of Last Light of a Dying Star in the UNDO LEAN-TO!
Last Light of a Dying Star is a multi-projector meditation on the mysteries of space. Last shown in New York ten years ago to commemorate Roger Beebe’s 40th birthday, it will now be shown at UnionDocs to ring in another decade of his life! The show will also include the NYC premiere of the 4-projector de rerum natura (2019), which alternates between 16mm and video to ruminate on our troubled relationship to the natural world, and the 4 x 16mm work-in-progress, Home Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry, made using decorative tape purchased at Michael’s in Downtown Brooklyn. This multi-projector extravaganza will also kick off the performance-focused workshop Roger will lead in the following days, a delightful way for all of us to send off one year and ring in another with him!
Last Light of a Dying Star
26 min., 2011
Last Light of a Dying Star is a multi-projector meditation on the mysteries of space. Originally made for an installation/ performance in a planetarium at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, GA, the film attempts to recapture some of the excitement of the early days of space exploration and the utopian aspirations of expanded cinema. Made as an orchestration of a number of different elements, both original and found: handmade cameraless film loops by Beebe and Jodie Mack; 16mm educational films about eclipses, asteroids, comets, and meteorites; and a super 8 print of the East German animated film “The Drunk Sun.”
Roger Beebe is a filmmaker whose work since 2006 consists primarily of multiple-projector performances and essayistic videos that explore the world of found images and the “found” landscapes of late capitalism. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Los Angeles Filmforum among many other venues. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival from 2004-2014. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University where he helped launch the new Moving-Image Production major in Autumn 2017.