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Northern Lights 

Film/Video

Northern Lights

(John Hanson & Rob Nilsson, 1978)
New 35mm print!

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.

Thu, Dec 12, 2013 7 PM

Blurring the line between historical fiction and documentary, Northern Lights recounts the struggle of North Dakota grain farmers who collectively form the Nonpartisan League in 1915–16 to fight for better prices from area elevators controlled by banks and railroads. An actual member of the league, 94-year-old Henry Martinson, sets the film in motion, paging through a diary at the beginning of the film. Winner of the Caméra d’Or for best direction for a first feature at the Cannes Film Festival, it remains one of the landmark films of the American independent movement of the 1970s and 80s. New 35mm print courtesy Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy. (95 mins., 35mm)

Man with a Movie Camera

Be here Monday, September 14 as Alloy Orchestra takes the stage in our Film/Video Theater to accompany a restoration of Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera.

Clark

Join us Thursday, September 10 for a Next@Wex double bill featuring Tyondai Braxton and Clark, two innovators in the experimental electronica scene.