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An Evening with Jane Wodening

An Evening with Jane Wodening

Jane Brakhage, by Barbara Hammer

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

An Evening with Jane Wodening

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 7:30 pm

At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

In Person: Writer Jane Wodening!

Join us for a very special evening, a first for Los Angeles, a visit from the writer Jane Wodening, (formerly known as Jane Brakhage), featuring classic avant-garde films by Stan Brakhage, Barbara Hammer, Jonas Mekas, and a new film by Nathaniel Dorsky!

Now in her ninth decade, Wodening played an unheralded but significant role in the American avant-garde film movement. She appeared in many of Brakhage’s films during their thirty-year marriage, including Window Water Baby Moving (1959), one of the best-known works in the canon of American avant-garde film. Jane was an essential part of Stan’s construction of a transcendent mode of cinematic vision refracted through everyday life in their family home in the Rocky Mountains. She also became friends with many of the numerous filmmakers, poets, and artists who passed through the Brakhage home. She has only recently begun to talk about those years again, in a series of as-yet unpublished interviews with film scholar Jennifer Peterson. This is a rare public appearance by this great storyteller.

Jane Wodening, born Mary Jane Collom in Western Springs, IL (1936), spent thirty years as the first wife of film artist Stan Brakhage (1957-1987) then for over two years lived in her car, driving all over America, producing the book, Driveabout. She has always loved animals and has written many short stories about them and her encounters with them, including biographies and portraits, as well as numerous other short stories of people and adventures. After her Driveabout period, she lived alone in a tiny cabin at 10,000 feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains for nearly a decade, producing Living Up There while getting out several collections of short stories. In 2004, she moved to Denver and beginning in 2009 commenced publication of Wolf Dictionary, The Lady Orangutan and Other Stories, Animals I’ve Neglected to Mention, and Brakhage’s Childhood. She is now working on a brief biography of the earth. 

Curated by Jennifer Peterson and Adam Hyman

“Brakhage: When Light Meets Life” by Max Nelson Essay in NY Review of Books, reflecting on Jane and Stan’s filmic relationship.


Note the change in ticketing for our events at the Egyptian Theatre.  Advance paid tickets will be reserved through the American Cinematheque site; Filmforum members will reserve through Brown Paper Tickets.  At the theatre on the night of the show, tickets will be available through the Egyptian Theatre ticket window.

Tickets: $12 general; $8 students (with ID)/seniors; $8 for American Cinematheque members; free for Filmforum Members. Paid tickets available in advance through the American Cinematheque from Fandango at   or at the door.

Filmforum member tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets at  or at the door. 

Fandango Sales: Please note that student/senior tickets are not available online. Please bring your student ID and/or California ID or license to the box office to receive the discount.

Filmforum members will reserve in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. All Filmforum member reservations will be administered to by Filmforum.

At the theatre on the night of the show, tickets will be available for purchase from the Egyptian Theatre box office. Filmforum members will pick up their tickets from the box office as well. The list will close four hours prior to show time. Available Filmforum member tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the event.

The box office opens 90 minutes prior to showtime. More information about American Cinematheque ticketing can be found here:

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Los Angeles Filmforum screenings are supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the Wilhelm Family Foundation, ad the American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2020 is our 45th year.

Cats Cradle

Cat's Cradle, Courtesy of the Estate of Stan Brakhage and Fred Camper,

Cat's Cradle

By Stan Brakhage, 1959, 16mm, color silent, 6.5 min.

"Sexual witchcraft involving two couples and a 'medium' cat." - Cinema 16

“A Visit to Brakhages”: an excerpt from Walden

By Jonas Mekas, 1968, digital transfer, color, sound, 17 min.

Hymn to Her

By Stan Brakhage, 1974, 16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min.

"HER" to me is always Jane, in the first place, but also Hera: "goddess of women and marriage," naturally enough. Then, too, as it is a hymn of light, and as he/me feels the self that way, it sings of and to itself.

Hammer JaneBrakhage

Jane Brakhage

Jane Brakhage

By Barbara Hammer, 1974, 16mm, b&w, sound, 10 min.

A documentary on the pioneer woman, her wisdom, philosophy and common sense: Jane Brakhage as herself is the viewpoint rather than Jane Brakhage, wife of the filmmaker, Stan Brakhage.
This film was preserved by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation's Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.


By Stan Brakhage, 1979, 16mm, color, silent, 17 min.

"... almost like the Earth itself - the green ice-covered rocks, the slicing feeling, the compressive feeling of the glaciers. The whole time I was watching I kept thinking that you were a master of the North, the arctic landscape - the dark red flowers in the dusky light, the deep blue light, the tall trees with the running mists, and Jane looking ... the ice, the water, the moss, the golden light. A visual symphony ...." - Hollis Melton

Dorsky Apricity 2



By Nathaniel Dorsky, 2019, 16mm, 18 fps, 22 min., color, silent, 22 min.

Los Angeles Premiere!

The title Apricity refers to the warmth of the sun in winter. It is an homage to the writer Jane (Brakhage) Wodening. In speaking to her I mused, "perhaps your age is the winter and you are the warmth of the sun." N.D