For this year’s celebration of Art House Theater Day, we’ve got a real double feature treat from one of our local Bay Area auteurs, Rob Nilsson! We’ll be showcasing two of his acclaimed films on classic 35mm – 1979’s Northern Lights (co-directed by John Hanson), for which they won Cannes’ Camera d’Or, and 1988’s Heat and Sunlight, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. No less than independent film legend John Cassavetes proclaimed: “Nilsson’s films are beautiful, exciting, imaginative, unfamiliar—and outside of that, very good.”
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Winner of the Camera d’Or, for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival, Northern Lights served an important role in the nascent independent feature movement of the 1970s. Filmmaker Rob Nilsson, who collaborated with John Hanson, will present this 35mm print of their drama about labor organizing among working farmers in North Dakota in 1915. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Judy Stone wrote: “…It evokes memories of the great photographic studies of sharecroppers and migrant workers by Dorothea Lange in the 1930s.” With Robert Behling, Joe Spano, Susan Lynch, Marianne Astrom-De Fina, Henry Martinson. Camera: Judy Irola. Associate Producer: Sandra Schulberg. Writers/Producers/Directors: John Hanson, Rob Nilsson. (US 1979) 90 min.
HEAT AND SUNLIGHT
Grand Jury Prize-winner at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival, this raw and funny drama from director Rob Nilsson casts the filmmaker as Mel Hurley, a photographer traumatized from covering the Biafran War who is overcome with jealousy of his dancer-girlfriend (Consuelo Faust). This is one of Nilsson’s first films in his improvisational “Direct Action” style. With Don Bajema, Ernie Fosselius. Camera: Steve and Hildy Burns. Music: David Byrne, Brian Eno. Director: Rob Nilsson. (US 1988) 97 min. plus discussion.