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12 Years, 12 Films


Robert Banks

12 Years, 12 Films
Introduced by the director Robert Banks

Visiting Filmmakers

Today’s most engaging and inventive directors, producers, and film professionals join us to introduce their work and answer questions after most screenings.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 7 PM

Over the past dozen years, Cleveland filmmaker Robert Banks has amassed a remarkable body of superbly crafted experimental works. Tonight, Banks introduces this special program which includes older short films and his newest piece, Outlet.
Program approximately 90 minutes.

Recently, Banks and his work have been widely and well received. In September, he was honored with a retrospective at the BBC Short Film Festival in London. His newest piece, Outlet (2000), was invited to both the Sundance and the Rotterdam Film Festivals. And unlike many independent artists, he's even appreciated in his home town. When the Cleveland Cinematheque presented Banks with a full retrospective, Cinematheque director John Ewing praised his integrity and success, noting that while "usually people get into filmmaking because it's the hip thing to do...Robert can't help himself-he's a true artist who continues to grow in his abilities...The irony is that he is the local filmmaker who is most widely seen around the world."

Banks comes to the Wexner Center to introduce a selection of his films, among them Outlet, an examination of the image of women presented by beauty product ads, and MPG: Motion Picture Genocide (1997), a collage examining the racism, sexism, and nationalism perpetuated by 100 years of American cinema. The screening also includes titles from his compilation program, Rage against the Dying of the Light.

Ballet Boys

Enjoy 25% off purchases and complimentary gift-wrapping in the Wexner Center Store, a free film screening, an exclusive gallery tour, and more during Member Appreciation Days, coming up December 3–6.

Wexner Center for the Arts

The Wexner Center for the Arts will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26; Heirloom Café will remain closed on Friday, November 27.