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Still Light: Films by Robert Beavers

October 24, 2018

Still Light: Films by Robert Beavers

Robert Beavers in person!
Co-presented by REDCAT and Los Angeles Filmforum


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Robert Beavers is a master of 16mm personal filmmaking whose films are  landmarks of independent cinema. Following his magnum opus 18-film  cycle, My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure,  Beavers released several works that are considered among the great  films of recent decades. Beavers’ focus is on intimate spaces and how  they reflect qualities of human character and life. His art is  unsurpassed in its sensitivity to seemingly ordinary details, the  astonishingly sensual sound and imagery, and its deep grounding in the  classical arts. Tonight's program will feature two of Beavers' most  celebrated films, including the Los Angeles premiere of the  groundbreaking From the Notebook of... (1971/1998, 16mm) and the mid-career masterpiece The Stoas (1991-97, 16mm).

One of the most distinctive bodies of work in cinema.

- Chrissie Iles, Artforum

Rarely seen in public, Robert Beavers' remarkable body of work is a celebration of light, life, and color.

- Mark Webber, Tate Modern

Elegant, beautiful, complex and austere, From the Notebook of … is a film about creation, about the transformation of life into art and  the loveliness of Florentine sunlight flooding through a window. A  48-minute masterpiece.

- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

A remarkably perspicacious exposition of the cinematic medium... Rigorously executed, [From the Notebook of's...]  golden light is nevertheless redolent of the leisure and quiet  supporting such sustained inquiry. A climactic double portrait of  Beavers and [Gregory] Markopoulos basks in the glow of a life in art.

- Max Goldberg, KQED Arts

(Available to download after screening date)

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