Thom Andersen: Reconversão


Thursday, April 17, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Thom Andersen in person

A master of the essay film, Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) turns his attention to the work of the Pritzker Prize–winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Considering built, unrealized, and abandoned projects and using a stop-motion technique that emphasizes the temporal dimension of architecture, Reconversão (2012) regards buildings not as static objects but living things, subject to decay, death, and even rebirth. (Museum of the Moving Image)

2012, Portugal/USA, Digital Video, 65 min + discussion

Thom Andersen (b. 1943, Chicago) is a filmmaker, curator, and scholar based in Los Angeles where he currently teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. Anderson has made numerous short films including Melting (1965), Olivia's Place (1966) and --- ------- (1967, in collaboration with Malcolm Brodwick). In 2003 he completed Los Angeles Plays Itself, a videotape about the representation of Los Angeles in movies. It won the National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival, and it was voted Best Documentary of 2004 in the Village Voice Film Critics' Poll.