2013 MFA|EDA alumna Talena Sanders will be a guest filmmaker at the University of Colorado’s First Person Cinema series, and is presenting Liahona, Sanders’ first feature-length film.
Monday, March 10
University of Colorado
Visual Arts Complex Auditorium 1B20
Liahona is an experimental documentary examining the culture, history, and lived experience of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often referred to as the Mormon faith. The film creates a portrait of Mormonism through documentation of LDS cultural dominance in Utah, the suppressed history of folk magic in the early church, landmark Mormon life experiences, and Sanders’ personal history and connection to the church. Sanders holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University and a BFA in Art Studio from University of Kentucky. Her work has been screened, exhibited and collected internationally, including at the New York Film Festival Views from the Avant-Garde, Crossroads at San Francisco Cinematheque, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Lódz Culture House’s Galeria Imaginarium in Lódz, Poland, Chelsea Museum of Art in New York, NY, Above Second gallery in Hong Kong, International Forum Art Tech Media in Cordoba, Spain, Contemporary Art Center in Naples, Italy, and Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.
About First Person Cinema: Experimental Cinema Group was ushered in by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley and was later carried forward by Bruce Connor and Stan Brakhage. It is now called First Person Cinema and the curator is Don Yannacito. This program was started in 1955 with the intention of bringing an awareness of the personal cinema to Boulder, and has become a highly respected international showcase for the makers of personal film. It is the longest existing program in the world that has been continually screening avant-garde film and video work.