on Paul Bowles kicks off Film Society's season
film by a U.Va. alumnus about a former U.Va. student -- Owsley
Brown's "Night Waltz -- The Music of Paul Bowles," kicks
off the Virginia
Festival Film Society's 2000-01 season.
the film, Brown, a San Francisco-based filmmaker and 1993 graduate
of U.Va. (B.A., cultural anthropology), reveals the lesser-known
elements of writer Paul Bowles' artistry his work as a composer.
Bowles, who also attended U.Va. for a year, had a lengthy career
as a composer before publishing The Sheltering Sky in 1949.
film, which will be screened at Vinegar Hill Theatre on Sept.
20 at 7 p.m., conveys Bowles' fears that his music would not be
popular without his literary fame. 'Night Waltz' blends location
and interview into footage of Bowles, shot in Morocco by Brown,
with seven visual essays by Nathanial Dorsky, Rudy Burckhardt
and Jerome Hiler, set to Bowles' music.
last thing anyone wants to be in America is charming," says
Bowles in the film. "Being charming is finished." Critic
George Paul Csiscery asserts, however, that "Everything about
'Night Waltz,' a feast of serendipitous audio-visual marriages,
refutes that statement. The film demolishes any resistance to
its elegant playfulness very early on, forcing even the most hardened
viewer to surrender to its buoyant absence of analysis, its simple
celebrations of uncluttered images and sounds."
Film Society, co-sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the
Humanities, provides year-round screenings to the Charlottesville
area with special guest filmmakers, as part of the Southern Circuit
Film Tour, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Society's season line-up
Brown's "Night Waltz -- The Music of Paul Bowles."
J. Ross presents his film, "Oh Freedom, After a While."
This epic tale fo courage and perseverance, race and class,
imagination and endurance revolves around a strike in pastoral
America in the post-war period.
Korda presents "One of Us," a film in which she
builds a compelling and condemning portrait of her eccentric
family, and a searing indictment of Germany, and ultimately,
Davenport screens her film, "Always a Bridesmaid."
It examines the cultural angst shared by many unmarried women
over the age of 30.
Henry screens "The McCollege Tour," which raises
questions about the American system of higher education, using
examples from Yale University and the University of Texas-Austin.
Colella presents her film, "Tax Day," about two
women's journey to the post office on April 15, and the peculiar
people they encounter.
membership benefits in the Virginia Festival Film Society
include admission to all six Film Society events, the annual
Black Maria Film and Video Festival, free tickets to the Virginia
Film Festival screening of "The Hand Behind the Mouse:
The Ub Iwerks Story," two passes to Regal Cinemas, and
discount admission to the OFFScreen alternative cinema series
at Newcomb Hall Theater. Annual membership is $35, $25 for
U.Va. students and senior citizens, or $7 per screening at
the door. For details, see http://www.vafilm.com/