#Film&Friends Presents: Stephanie Sapienza

January 13, 2016

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

2439 18th St NW


Stephanie Sapienza is a DC-based film/media historian and archivist with a background in film and television production. She is currently on the research faculty at the University of Maryland where she manages and develops digital projects within the humanities, and before moving to DC five years ago she lived and worked in Los Angeles for 10 years.

One of her projects, Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945 -1980, was a historical archival initiative to uncover the history of alternative filmmaking in the postwar era. Part of this history involves a group of filmmakers who attending the infamous experimental film and animation programs at California Institute of the Arts, many of whom were seminal in the advent of the special and visual effects fields of the 1970s. Working at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic on such blockbusters such as Star WarsClose Encounters of the Third KindTron and more, their art influenced their work on these films (and working on the films in turn influenced their art).

This screening will feature a set of short experimental films either by artists who worked on Star Wars and other 70’s films, or who taught/mentored the artists who were pulled from school to perform this work. Featured films include works by Jules Engel, Adam Beckett, Beth Block, Larry Cuba, Chris Casady and Pat O’Neill. Excerpts from interviews shot for the Alternative Projectionsproject, and behind the scenes footage of the artists at work on set will accompany select films as well.

For more information on Alternative Projections, please visit the project website at http://alternativeprojections.com/


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