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Investigation of a Flame + Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

  • Crowley Theater 98 South Austin Street Marfa, TX, 79843 United States (map)

Screenings with Lynne Sachs in attendance.

Investigation of a Flame

By Lynne Sachs / Color and B&W, 2001. 45 min.

On May 17, 1968, three Catholic priests, a nurse, an artist and four others walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm. Their poetic act of civil disobedience helped galvanize an increasingly disillusioned American public against the Vietnam War. Investigation of a Flame is an intimate look at this Sixties protest within our current times, when foes of Middle East peace, abortion, and technology resort to violence to access the public imagination. Lynne Sachs combines volatile, long-unseen, archival footage with interviews with Daniel and Philip Berrigan and other members of the Catonsville Nine, encouraging viewers to ponder the relevance of civil disobedience and the implications of personal sacrifice today.

Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

by Lynne Sachs / Super 8mm and 16mm film transferred to digital, 8 minutes, 2018

From 2015 to 2017, Lynne visited with Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Hammer and Gunvor Nelson, three multi-faceted artists who have embraced the moving image throughout their lives. From Carolee’s 18th Century house in the woods of Upstate New York to Barbara’s West Village studio to Gunvor’s childhood village in Sweden, Lynne shoots film with each woman in the place where she finds grounding and spark.

Earlier Event: May 3
Communion Los Angeles
Later Event: May 4
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