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The Biscotts Series

Film/Video

Luther Price (b. 1962), Meat, 1999. Handmade slide, 1 1/2 × 1 1/2 in.

The Biscotts Series

Luther Price, 2005–08

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Thu, May 10, 2012 7 PM

Featured prominently at this year’s Whitney Biennial, Luther Price’s body of work (spanning over 25 years) is one of the most significant—and underseen—achievements of contemporary American experimental filmmaking. Tonight’s screening focuses on his astonishing “Biscotts/Biscuits” series.

The difficulty in seeing Price’s works stems from his working method. He only projects original, fragile 16mm prints, which are often spliced together from multiple sources, distressed, or painted on. The “Biscotts/Biscuits” series is made up entirely of reassembled footage from 13 aged, identical prints of a documentary from the 1960s or 1970s about a nursing home for poor African Americans in the rural South. Price has obsessively reworked the prints, which he found in a dumpster, into a series of nine films that empathetically work through repetitions of the original documentary, resulting in a devastatingly emotional and confrontational experience. This is only the second time that all nine films will have been screened in the same program. (program app. 90 mins., 16mm)

Program contents:
Nice Biscotts #1 (2005, 10 mins.)
Nice Biscotts #2 (2005, 10 mins.)
Same Day Nice Biscotts (2005, 5 mins.)
Nice Baskets (2006, 10 mins.)
The Biscuit Day (2007, 12 mins.)
Singing Biscotts (2007, 6 mins.)
Suffering Biscuits (2007, 20 mins.)
The Biscuit Song (2008, 5 mins.)
Old September Biscuits (2008, 11 mins.)

Mother

Catch the best in Ohio-produced shorts from both adults and youth (and get a chance to vote for your favorites) this Saturday at our Ohio Shorts Screening and Reception.

Catherine Opie, Untitled #1, 2012

Be sure to RSVP for our Spring Exhibitions Preview on Friday, May 15—and don't miss a conversation with Catherine Opie and Jack Whitten right before the reception.

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