"Shirley Clarke's Legacy" Smartphone
Doc by Donna Cameron Part 1↑ Part 2↓ Part 3↓↓
At Lincoln Center 2013 Here's what we say about Shirley Clarke and the film Shirley Clarke in Our Time!
Shirley Clarke In Our Time, DVD, DLC, HDcam, 1-inch
videotape. 1987-2013. 68 minutes, Directed by Donna Cameron with Shirley Clarke
CLARKE IN OUR TIME" tells the story of filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s life and work and celebrates her vitality,
strength and influence on the history of twentieth century filmmaking. It has been called "a herald of video sampling
art" and wraps the spectator into its eerily mutual yet materially unique rare footage of black and white childhood home
movies made by Shirley's mother, intercut with discarded industrial color film fragments found by Cameron in the late 1980s
when beginning this project. An insightful essay by MoMA Film Curator Jytte Jensen notes the world portrayed by Cameron in
this film as a 'frightening one'.
"This is a film about pioneering avant-garde women filmmakers
from different generations and cultural backgrounds, and how the world receives/received their art. Shirley Clarke’s
legacy is both historic and controversial; she was a brilliant colorist and groundbreaking editor of the short dance film.
Her hallmark longer works introduced contextual obscenity into American Cinema scripted dialogue in the 1960s and she was
boycotted by the contemporary press. As a film professor, she became a mentor to many younger filmmakers, including Cameron,
whose legacy also rests in the experimental film tradition. Cameron's films use her technical invention, Cinematic Paper Emulsion.
In 2001, after two decades of work, Cameron was awarded the patent for her innovation, making her the first experimental filmmaker
to receive such an honor." -William Sloan, late Curator & Chief Librarian, The Circulating Film Library,
Shirley Clarke In Our Time"
has been featured at The Museum of Modern Art's Millennial Show "MoMA 2000" in June, 2000; "The Directors
Series" at NYU, May, 2005; and the "Dance On Camera Festival" at Lincoln Center, February, 2013.