Ross McElwee to visit Philadelphia in November

Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March, Bright Leaves), one of my favorite filmmakers, will visit Philadelphia on Thursday, November 8 for the Philadelphia Premiere of his latest film Photographic Memory.  The free screening will be held at UPenn’s Fisher-Bennett Hall and will include a lecture from McElwee.  I’m so excited for this.

There are also some thematic tie-in events, here’s the official release:

The University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies Program and Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery are pleased to announce their collaboration on a month-long series of events celebrating the work of documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee. McElwee, whose critically acclaimed movies include Sherman’s March (1985), Time Indefinite (1993) and Bright Leaves (2003) will give a lecture and screen his latest work, Photographic Memory, on November 8th from 5 – 8 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania, 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall. In related programming, Tiger Strikes Asteroid will present Force Fields, an exhibition curated by Jenny Jaskey and Alexis Granwell, from November 2 – December 15, 2012. The exhibition takes Ross McElwee’s films as a point of departure, bringing together artists for whom documentary plays an important role in their improvisational and process-driven works. The exhibited artists include Tamar Halpern, David Horvitz, and Jenny Perlin. And finally, on December 1, from 7 – 9 p.m. Herb Shellenberger will present a selection of works by local documentary filmmakers, along with performances by the artists Matt Kalasky, J. Makary and Jess Perlitz.

Ross McElwee is best known for his poignant documentaries that capture the relationships he shares with his family and those close to him. From these everyday encounters, McElwee examines broader themes ranging from politics to the passage of time, creating intimate portraits that simultaneously capture life’s biggest issues. Working in the cinema verite tradition, McElwee is a student of the incidental and unscripted moment, using his camera to reveal the profound truths they contain. McElwee is currently Professor in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. His film Sherman’s March was winner of Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and has been named among the top 20 best documentaries of all time. His latest film, Photographic Memory, premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and is being shown to U.S. audiences for the first time this fall.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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