Los Angeles Filmforum and Acropolis Cinema present Stan Brakhage: Life, Death, And The Elements

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

All 16mm prints of restored films!  With Mark Toscano and others in person.

Touching on some of Stan Brakhage’s (1933-2003) most recurring and fundamental themes, this selection of five films pairs an early, celebrated masterpiece (Scenes From Under Childhood) and a truly monumental but neglected work made the year before his death (Panels for the Walls of Heaven).  Three other short films – all distinctly visually striking and reflecting a palpable viscerality – balance out this program of new restorations from the Academy Film Archive, the majority appearing here in their first public screenings in the Academy’s new 16mm prints.

The Academy Film Archive has been home to the Stan Brakhage collection (comprising his originals, printing elements, and other film materials) since 2004.  Since that time, Academy film preservationist Mark Toscano has worked to inspect, catalog, identify, and document the collection, as well as preserve, restore, and reprint over 80 of Brakhage’s films, with additional titles always in progress.

Program curated by Mark Toscano.  All films restored by and courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.  Fire of Waters restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Also this weekend are two other screenings at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum and Acropolis Cinema, all in conjunction with the reprint edition of Brakhage’s book Metaphors on Vision.  For more information on the other screenings, please see Metaphors on Vision: Films by Stan Brakhage.

We gratefully acknowledge the UCLA Film & Television Archive for initiating this weekend’s Stan Brakhage screenings.

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Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.  Available in advance at or at the door.

Images courtesy of the Estate of Stan Brakhage and Fred Camper (

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