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Light Reading presents Radical Light: Stories Untold

Pacific Film Archive Curator Kathy Geritz in Person


1968-1999, U.S. The satiric, sensual, and striking stories in this program represent some of the ways in which the tale can commingle with the telling to produce oddly original offspring. James Broughton’s allegorical romp features the eponymous enchanted “Bed” as a staging area for life’s cycles. Curt McDowell is not so enchanted with his return home in A Visit to Indiana; home movies from the heartland play off his droll disappointment. Ever pent-up, George Kuchar’s prodigiously purple A Reason to Live pits meteorological excess against the swelling desires of a man in heat and his numerous love objects. The pressure to perform is at the base of Max Almy’s Deadline, a concise yet effects-laden lamentation. Easy Living never is in Chip Lord’s horrifically serene look at suburbia, using miniature toys to create a landscape of false tranquility. Scott Stark’s wryly postured I’ll Walk with God deploys airline emergency information cards to show how stewardesses have unwittingly ascended to a higher spiritual plane. Anne McGuire has the last word with All Smiles and Sadness, an unfolding soap opera in which its black-and-white characters jabber on in airy cliché until George Kuchar arrives to superheat the atmosphere. –Steve Seid

Films screened: The Bed (James Broughton, 1968, 20 min., 16mm), A Visit to Indiana (Curt McDowell, 1970, 10 min., 16mm), A Reason to Live (George Kuchar, 1976, 30 min., 16mm), I'll Walk with God (Scott Stark, 1994, 8 min., 16mm), Deadline (Max Almy, 1981, 4 min., video), Easy Living (Chip Lord, 1984, 19 min., video), All Smiles and Sadness (Anne McGuire, 1999, 8 min., video) 

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area Book, Film, and Video Tour was curated by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, Film and Video Curators at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Steve Anker, Dean of the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts. The tour is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the William H. Donner Foundation.

Radical Light

Radical Light

Radical Light

September 24 @ 8:15pm

Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center

Box Office: 617.824.8400



$10. $7.50 for Members & Seniors. $5 for Students.

Running Time:

99 minutes


Color and Black and White, 16mm and video

Additional Radical Light tour stops, each with different programs, will take place at the Harvard Film Archive and Mass Art Film Society.

The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer

The Infernal Comedy

Both crime drama and Baroque opera, The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer is based on the life story of serial killer Jack Unterweger (played by John Malkovich). Each chapter concludes with an aria, sung by stunning sopranos—tempting prospects for Unterweger’s bloodlust.

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