Member Screening: Adam Fuss, A Landscape of Imagination and The Invisible Writer Becomes Visible
Join us for this month’s NYWIFT Member Screening Series featuring Adam Fuss, A Landscape of Imagenation by Svetlana Cemin (Director/Writer/Producer) and The Invisible Writer Becomes Visible by Edith Stephen (Director). The filmmakers will be available for a Q&A immediately following the screening.
The screening series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.
Adam Fuss, A Landscape of Imagination
Svetlana Cemin (Director/Writer/Producer)
53 mins, 2017
A Landscape of Imagination is a documentary that portrays the intimate life of Adam Fuss, a British photographer who lives in New York City. In this film we see the two faces of Fuss — one as a public figure whose influence in art is internationally acclaimed and the other is of a loving father and devoted son, who maintains a solid balance between those two separate worlds. This journey, almost two years long, reflects the images of Upstate New York, and Sussex, England. Nature is incorporated in Fuss’ work as an inspiration and motivation to reach the depth of his subconscious mind. As a result, we experience life through Fuss’ eyes that is magical and also poetic.
Svetlana Cemin, raised in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, was supposed to become a lawyer. Instead her worldwide modeling career took off until she ended up in the NY theatre scene where she performed in numerous off-Broadway productions. She appeared in Lodge Kerrigan’s film Clair Dolan, among other independent films. Cemin then took a long maternity leave to raise her daughter Sara. After having spent several years in Paris she returned in 2014 and formed 610 film production house. As a writer and producer her vision is to create experimental art films.
The Invisible Writer Becomes Visible
Edith Stephen (Director)
40 mins, 2017
The Invisible Writer Becomes Visible represents all artists and their ability to go on working after all the rejections they receive. They are devoted emotionally and intellectually to their craft. Alan Kapelner is one such artist. Kapelner, a writer, was a precursor of the beat generation and occupies a literary place all by himself. He was discovered by Maxwell Perkins, the editor of Scribners, who discovered Ernest Hemingway and Faulkner and who published his book Lonely Boy Blues. Kapelner won the D.H Lawrence Award. He received reviews from all over the United States, mostly using the word “brilliant” to describe his work. After Kapelner was no longer around, he was discovered by Robert Nedelkoff who wrote an article in The Baffler saying “Kapelner (too little known) is unique and beautifully cocky.”
Edith Stephen had a career as a professional dancer, choreographer and director for her dance company The Electric Currents, that toured throughout the USA, China and Europe to much acclaim. Although she jumped out of her mother’s belly dancing, she re-invented herself as a video artist at the age of 91. The transition from dancer to filmmaker was not difficult for Stephen, as her work has dealt with mixed media during her whole career, combining dance with film, visuals, music and sculpture. At the age of 98, she has produced five films. Her first film, Burn Baby Burn is a dance film selecting fives dances from her repertoire which involves mixed media (film/poetry). Her second film Split/Scream is about her experience in Westbeth Artists Housing since it opened 1970. Her film Paradise Deranged explores the transformation of Greenwich Village from an artists’ community to millionaires row. Her film The Lopsided People explores the qualities of the right and left brain. Her latest film The Invisible Writer Becomes Visible is a portrait of her husband, writer Alan Kapelner. They were married for 48 years.
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street)
$7 for NYWIFT Members
$9 for Students, Seniors, Members of Women Make Movies, IFP, AAWIC, ImageNation, DCTV, and Center for Communications
$12 for Nonmembers
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.