Film in the House of the Word: 3.23.13

Film in the House of the Word returns on Saturday, March 23, 8pm, at the Duke School Studios. The evening will feature work from poet Nathaniel Mackey and filmmaker Christopher Harris.

Film in the House of the Word 

screenings by Christopher Harris & readings by Nathaniel Mackey

Saturday, March 23, 8pm @ 1517 Hull Street, Durham (Duke School Studios on Duke’s Central Campus)

Free and open to the public + BYOB 

Christopher Harris‘ award-winning experimental films include a long-take look at a post-industrial urban landscape, an optically printed and hand-processed film about black outlaws, a pinhole film about the cosmic consequences of the sun’s collapse, a macro lens close up of a child’s nightlight, and a double projection film about a theme park performance of Christ’s Passion. His work has screened at festivals, museums and cinematheques throughout North America and Europe including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2005, 2008, 2010), the VIENNALE (Vienna International Film Festival), the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Leeds International Film Festival, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and Rencontres Internationales Paris among others.

Nathaniel Mackey has written numerous books of poetry including Nod House (New Directions, 2011); Splay Anthem (2006), which won the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry; Whatsaid Serif (1998); Eroding Witness (1985), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. He is also the author of an ongoing prose work, From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, of which four volumes have been published: Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008), Atet A.D. (2001), Djbot Baghostus’s Run (1993), and Bedouin Hornbook (1986). Mackey has received numerous awards including a Whiting Writer’s Award and a 2010 Guggenheim fellowship. He is the Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke University and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. Mackey currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Film in the House of the Word is a monthly celebration of experimental poetry and film, pairing local artists with other regional and national figures. It is curated by Duke students Laura Jaramillo (PhD Literature) and Joel Wanek (MFA Experimental + Documentary Arts).

Film in the House of the Word is made possible by the support of the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke Program in Literature, the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts, and the Center for Documentary Studies. 

The featured image is from Christopher Harris’ double 16mm film ’28.IV.81 (Descending Figures).’