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Mush! to the Movies: a Polar Film Club - Nanook of the North and The Idea of North

Mush! to the Movies: a Polar Film Club - Nanook of the North and The Idea of North

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Mush! to the Movies! Is a selection of films spanning over 90 years of glacial activity and handpicked by Los Angeles Filmforum's Director Adam Hyman and members of The Velaslavasay Panorama.  The series will feature six events with free popcorn offered to all in the Nova Tuskhut, an installation of the only Arctic Trading Post on the North American Continent, located on the grounds of the Velaslavasay Panorama. Attendees will be given a unique souvenir Polar Passport and those who attend all six screenings will receive a surprise gift and a chance to win a night’s stay in The Nova Tuskhut!  Additional conviviality and time in the lovely Panorama garden also included!

Filmmakers Rebecca Baron and Connie Samaras in person!


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This series is part of The Velaslavasay Panorama Polar Year (VPPY) continuing thru the end of 2015, observing the poles in all their glory with our 360º panorama, The Effulgence of the North, and our lobby exhibit on the little known story of Nancy Columbia, heroine of the Arctic in Hollywood, featuring ephemera from private collectors, and the installation of the only Arctic Trading Post on the North American continent - the Nova Tuskhut.  The Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W. 24th St. LA, CA 90007

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The Idea of North

The Idea of North

US, 1995, 14 min., B&W, 16mm Projection

Directed by Rebecca Baron

"In the guise of chronicling the final moments of three polar explorers marooned on an ice floe a century ago, Baron's film investigates the limitations of images and other forms of record as a means of knowing the past and the paradoxical interplay of film time, historical time, real time and the fixed moment of the photograph. Marrying matter-of-fact voiceover and allusive sound fragments, evidence and illustration, in Baron’s words, "meaning is set adrift"."--New York Film Festival, 1997, Views from the Avant-Garde program notes

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Nanook of the North

Nanook of the North

US, 1922, 79 min., B&W, Digital projection

Directed by Robert Flaherty

Silent with score by Timothy Brock

In this groundbreaking work, Flaherty represents the lives of Inuit in northern Canada through the tale of Nanook and Nyla.  Extremely popular when originally released and influential in the making of documentary and ethnographic films for decades after, the film strives for the archetype of  a protagonist facing challenges in nature.  Later criticized for the fictionalizing of scenes, and thus serving as a key film in the ongoing debate over the definition of documentary, Nanook still holds its original power and beauty.

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Untitled (Ross Ice Shelf Antarctica)

Untitled (Ross Ice Shelf Antarctica)

U.S./Antarctica, 2005, 4.5 min., Digital projection

Directed by Connie Samaras

A video installation from the 2005 project V.A.L.I.S. (vast active living intelligence system), a series of works made at the South Pole and Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The videos featured in the project “are a reconfiguration of the premise of human exclusivity found in mainstream nature documentaries and of the heroic and technological transcendence inherent in sci-fi horror films.” --Connie Samaras,