Conversations at the Edge: Current Schedule
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
Thursday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.
Erin Cosgrove in person
Los Angeles–based artist, animator, and author Erin Cosgrove mixes pop culture and a range of historical references—Fabio, the Baader-Meinhof gang, America's founding fathers, Bible fan fiction—to offer dark and often wickedly funny critiques of contemporary political culture, particularly the role of history and religion. Cosgrove screens a selection of recent shorts alongside her 2008 tour-de-force animated feature, What Manner of Person Art Thou? Drawn in the style of a medieval tapestry, the film relates the twisted tale of Elijah Yoder and Enoch Troyer, true-believers whose faith puts them at odds with modern society.
2008–12, USA, multiple formats, 75 min + discussion
Erin Cosgrove (b. 1969, St. Paul, MN) received her BFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1996, and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Printed Matter, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; among others. In 2008 she received a Creative Capital Film Grant and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. In 2003 Sundance Channel's TVLab produced her live-action video, A Heart Lies Beneath; that same year Printed Matter published her novel, The Baader-Meinhof Affair.