Film In the House of the Word Returns on 2.22.13

Film in the House of the Word will kick off its spring series at 8pm on Friday, February 22 at the Duke School Studios, featuring work by filmmaker Sarah Halpern and poet Chris Vitiello.


Film in the House of the Word: screenings by Sarah Halpern and readings by Chris Vitiello

Friday, February 22, 8pm @ 1517 Hull Street, Durham (Duke School Studios)

Free and open to the public + BYOB


Sarah Halpern works with 16mm film, collage on paper, 35mm slides, music and performance, and makes her living as a projectionist in movie theaters, screening rooms, museums and galleries throughout New York City. Her professional experience–physically handling film, watching bits and pieces of different movies, or seeing the same feature on repeat for days–has deeply influenced her creative practice, which plays with cinematic time and the active role of the viewer. Halpern lives in NYC, where her work has shown at an array of venues including Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of the Moving Image, and The Kitchen and Microscope Gallery. She is a member of Optipus Film Group, a frequent collaborator with electronic musician Matt Wellins, and also hosts the Counter Balance film series in Brooklyn.

Chris Vitiello is a poet and freelance arts writer for various magazines and newspapers. He is a chief contributor at INDY Week, where his art reviews have won an AltWeekly Award. Vitiello has published three books of poetry, most recently Obedience (Ahsahta Press, 2012), and produced original plays at the Poet’s Theater in San Francisco. He also cameos as the Poetry Fox–a friendly creature who types custom poems on demand using a sea-foam green portable typewriter.

Film in the House of the Word was launched by Joel Wanek, a second year student in the MFAEDA, and Laura Jaramillo, a PhD candidate in English Literature. The program features work by emerging and established filmmakers and poets, and provides a venue for dialogue between word and image.

Film in the House of the Word is made possible by support from 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.




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