Amy Halpern: Unowned Luxuries
Amy Halpern: Unowned Luxuries
Amy Halpern (1953–2022) is cherished not only for her memorable and beautiful films, but also for her inexhaustible engagement and enthusiasm as a devoted presence in the Los Angeles film and arts community. She had a profound curiosity about nearly everything and everyone she encountered, and her extensive body of film work reflects this passion for the sights, sounds, textures, and complex connections to be found and explored in the world around us.
This eclectic program includes an intricate sampling of Amy Halpern’s films spanning multiple decades, including several LA premieres drawn from the final batch of new 16mm films she released in June 2022. The title, Unowned Luxuries, not only derives from a small series of short films she authored (two of which are featured in this program), but could be understood as defining a larger philosophical approach Halpern took to her filmmaking practice. Many of her films take the form of loving and attentive appreciations of people, animals, places, things, and experiences that she related to as “luxuries” for her to hold, treasure, and share, and yet which retain their essential autonomous qualities to resist complete capture, remaining “unowned” despite also being Halpern’s (and ours) to behold and delight in.
Two additional programs of her films will also be presented at LA Filmforum (April 2) and the UCLA Film & Television Archive (April 16).
Back to Main Series
Friday, September 22, 2023
The Tawdry Visions of George and Mike Kuchar
Special guest: Post-screening conversation with filmmaker Mike Kuchar.
Friday, November 17, 2023
Maureen Selwood: Animating the Interior
In person: Maureen Selwood.
Strain Andromeda The
In person: Anne McGuire.
Latent Image: Three Films on Space, Time, and Change
In person: Tacita Dean, Margaret Honda, and Daïchi Saïto.
Images of the World and the Inscription of War
In person: Jay Cassidy.
Thu, Jul 14, 2022
An Evening with Christopher Harris: New Restorations
Christopher Harris in conversation with Academy Museum Chief Artistic and Programming Officer Jacqueline Stewart.
Thu, Aug 4, 2022
Animation from Another World: Chronopolis and Shorts by Piotr Kamler
A selection of five of Piotr Kamler’s incredible short animated films followed by a rare 35mm presentation of his widely acclaimed masterwork, Chronopolis (1982/1988).
Thu, Sept 15, 2022
Derek Jarman: Super 8 Revelations
An eclectic array of Derek Jarman’s Super 8 films chosen especially for this occasion. In-person: James Mackay
Mon, Oct 24, 2022
Sally Cruikshank & Vince Collins: Cartoons for Convoluted Craniums!
In person: Sally Cruikshank.
Wed, November 16, 2022
J.P. Sniadecki: Two Films, A Decade Apart…
In person: J.P. Sniadecki.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Mike Henderson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth
In person: Mike Henderson
Monday, February 6, 2023
Thom Andersen: Work on Film
In person: Thom Andersen.
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Monday, May 15, 2023
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Special guest: Post-screening conversation with artist, author, and educator Harry Gamboa Jr.
Saturday, June 3, 2023
Made in Hollywood by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto
In person: Bruce Yonemoto and Patricia Arquette.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
You & Me & the Cosmos Makes Three: An Evening with Deborah Stratman
In person: Deborah Stratman.
Thursday, August 31, 2023
James Benning: ALLENSWORTH
In person: James Benning