The Film and Video Center is proud to present Shulie, Swallow and a preview of Elisabeth Subrin’s latest film. Subrin’s films and videos examine the intersections of history and subjectivity within female biography. Engaging conventions of documentary and personal narrative, the works strategically undermine their own forms, shifting historical periods, genres and characters to explore the residual impact of the 1960’s, and the hazy boundaries between fiction and nonfiction.
Shulie received the 1998 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Independent/Experimental Film/Video, and Best Experimental Film at the 2000 New England Film and Video Festival. “Staging an extended act of homage, as well as a playful, provocative confounding of filmic propriety, Subrin and her creative collaborator Kim Soss resurrect a little-known 1967 documentary portrait of a young Chicago art student, who a few years later would become a notable figure in Second Wave feminism, and author of the radical 1970 manifesto, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution.” —Mark MacElhatten and Gavin Smith, Curators, Views from the Avant Garde, The 35th New York Film Festival
Based on accounts of girlhood anorexia, Swallow unravels the masked and shifting symptoms that define clinical depression. Swallow was awarded First Place Experimental at the 1996 USA Film Festival, and Juror’s Choice at the 1996 Charlotte Film and Video Festival.
Shulie: Directed by Elisabeth Subrin. 1997, USA • 36 min. • Mini DV
Swallow: Directed by Elisabeth Subrin. 1995, USA • 28 min. • Mini DV
Preview of Elisabeth Subrin’s latest film
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UC Irvine Departments of Art History, Studio Art
and Film and Media Studies