ROB NILSSON: TWO FILMS ON SEX, OBSESSION AND THE CAMERA

ROB NILSSON IN PERSON  |  OCTOBER 27TH & NOVEMBER 10TH • 7:00PM

Presented on consecutive Thursdays, these two features from Bay Area filmmaker Rob Nilsson are interrelated, although separated by almost three decades! Noted for his “Direct Action” approach to filmmaking, Nilsson received the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979 for his first feature Northern Lights (co-directed by John Hanson), and also won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival for Heat and Sunlight. Other acclaimed films include On the Edge, Signal 7 and his [email protected] series. John Cassavetes proclaimed: “Nilsson’s films are beautiful, exciting, imaginative, unfamiliar—and outside of that, very good.”

HEAT AND SUNLIGHT

35mm PRINT!

ROB NILSSON IN PERSON
THURSDAY, OCT. 27  •  7:00

Grand 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.

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PERMISSION TO TOUCH

ROB NILSSON IN PERSON
THURSDAY, NOV. 10  •  7:00

27 years after Heat and Sunlight, filmmaker Rob Nilsson reprises his role as Mel Hurley, the photographer who has been engaged by model and installation artist Funmi Marlowe (T. Moon) to create erotic images of her for an upcoming gallery show. In this improvised “Direct Action” narrative, the two figures collaborate and clash as professional and personal boundaries become blurred. With Shannah Laumeister, Vincent Leddy. Camera: Chris Damm, Galina Pasternak. Music: Al Nelson. Director: Rob Nilsson. (US 2015) 98 min. plus discussion.

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