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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 20 Mar 2007 09:09:54 -0500
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From: Agnes Varnum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 2:07 PM
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Subject: Call for Reviewers: New Doc on Avant-Garde Pioneer Marie Menken
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Dear Editor: Would you kindly consider posting the following Call for
Reviewers to SCREEN-L? The following film may be of interest to those
teaching, learning and researching in your field.
Call for Reviewers: New Doc on Avant-Garde Pioneer Marie Menken
We are seeking North America based scholars who will write and submit a
finished documentary film review to journals (academic print or online),
association newsletters, email listservs etc.
Reviewers must have a publication(s) in mind, confirm with the editors
that it will publish film reviews, and will be responsible for
corresponding with the editors.  [First Run/Icarus Films cannot submit
the review.]   
Please see the following short description. Click on link for full
synopsis. Interested persons should contact me directly, off-list to
arrange a review copy of the film at [log in to unmask]

A Film by Martina Kudlacek (Director of IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN)
This feature-length documentary (97 mins., color and B&W, 2006)  tells
the story of the legendary artist Marie Menken (1909-1970), who became
one of New York's outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the
1940's through the 1960's, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy
Warhol, Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger and Gerard Malanga. The large (a
hefty 6' 2"), loud and tempestuous Menken-reportedly the inspiration for
the character of "Martha" in Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf-also became a Warhol Superstar, making memorable
appearances in The Life of Juanita Castro and The Chelsea Girls. 

Complemented by a jazzy score by New York composer John Zorn, NOTES ON
MARIE MENKEN features interviews with the filmmaker's friends, relatives
and colleagues, including Alfred Leslie, Kenneth Anger, Gerard Malanga,
Peter Kubelka, Mary Woronov and Jonas Mekas. They discuss Menken's
distinctive film technique, her artistic struggle and personal
life-including a night-shift job at Time magazine and her marriage to
filmmaker Willard Maas-and provide colorful reminiscences of both Menken
and the New York art scene of the era.
You'll find more detailed information about the film on our website at
Thank you,

Agnes Varnum
First Run/Icarus Films
32 Court Street, 21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
T 718 488 8900
F 718 488 8642

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