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Stream Slate #66: Cecelia Condit: Early & Recent Works

Watch tonight live on our inaugural Stream Slate Twitch broadcast: twitch.tv/screenslate

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Watch here at 8p EST

Screen Slate is thrilled to launch its online streaming series with a career-spanning screening and live Q&A with artist Cecelia Condit tonight at 8:00 pm EST, co-presented by Electronic Arts Intermix. Watch live at twitch.tv/screenslate, no account required.

Cecelia Condit (born 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American artist working in video and photography. Since 1981, Condit produces films that swing between beauty and the grotesque, innocence and cruelty. In the psychological landscape of contemporary fairy tales, Condit’s videos put a subversive spin on the traditional mythology of women in film and the psychology of sexuality and violence. Exploring the dark side of female subjectivity, her “feminist fairy tales” focus on friendships, violence, age, and childhood.

In recent years, Condit has achieved unlikely recognition as an irrepressible viral internet sensation. In 2015, her video "Possibly in Michigan" (which starts tonight's program) reached the homepage of Reddit as an anonymously posted, untitled YouTube video under the headline “Possibly the creepiest thing I've ever watched.” And again in 2019, it became a smash hit on social media app TikTok, where teenage users have racked up hundreds of thousands of views by lip syncing to audio snippets, receiving attention from The New York Times, Frieze, and elsewhere. In the intervening years, Condit's work had been championed by a new wave of celebrated feminist film publications including cléo and Another Gaze, leading to widespread appreciation of her larger body of work within contemporary film communities.

In addition to "Beneath the Skin" and "Not a Jealous Bone," two works completed around the same time as "Possibly in Michigan," the program will include a trio of videos made within the past five years: "We Were Hardly More Than Children," "Pulling Up Roots," and the newly completed "I've Been Afraid." Afterwards, Condit will participate in a live discussion and Q&A with Screen Slate founder Jon Dieringer, who is also responsible for the archiving and conservation of Condit's work in his capacity as the Technical Director at Electronic Arts Intermix.

Watch here at 8P EST, and read more about our upcoming Stream Slate programs here, including the premiere of new work by Ken Jacobs next Thursday, co-presented by Anthology Film Archives.

If you miss tonight's stream, it will be archived online exclusively for Screen Slate members.

Virtual cinema to support Screen Slate

Screen Slate has curated a special selection of new releases and recent restorations available to rent, with 50% of proceeds supporting us as we continue to pay writers, redevelop our website, and offer honorariums for our new screening series. Spaceship Earth is $3.99, and other titles are $12 (or $10 for Screen Slate members - info here.)
 
A White, White Day (Hlynur Palmason, 2020)

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A Film Movement release.

Rent it here

 
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Bruno Barreto, 1976) - New Restoration

Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, this landmark Brazilian comedy follows the strange events that befall Dona Flor (Sonia Braga) after the death of her wild husband. After remarrying, she finds her less-than-satisfying sex life revived when the ghost of her late husband returns. A Film Movement release.

Rent it here
 
Spaceship Earth (Matt Wolf, 2020)

In 1991, 8 researchers entered the Biosphere 2, a geodesic structure touted as the largest closed ecological system on Earth. Matt Wolf's acclaimed documentary charts the stranger-than-fiction drama that ensued. A NEON release.

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The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2020)

A cool, deadpan neo-noir about a corrupt undercover cop who must learn an indigenous language based on whistling to pull off a hesit. The Whistlers has been hailed as a Romanian answer to the Coen Bros. A Magnolia Pictures release.

Rent it here

 
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