Bill Brand and BB Optics at Anthology

From: andrew lampert (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Mar 17 2006 - 13:07:11 PST


I wanted to let everyone here know about an upcoming
series and publication from Anthology Film Archives.
This April we will spend every Tuesday and Wednesday
night celebrating the 30th anniversary of BB Optics,
the one-man film lab run by filmmaker/preservationist
Bill Brand. We will be hosting an 8-program series of
films that Bill has had a hand in blowing-up,
preserving or working on in some capacity, as well as
a selection from his own extensive and impressive body
of works. Rather than go into detail about all the
programs, I am attaching all info with this email.
There are a lot of rarely shown films in the programs
and plenty of oddball combinations (Saul Levine with
films confiscated from the Richard Nixon staff, JFK
assassination reenactments shot with Zapruderís camera
sharing screen time with Bruce Nauman, Martha Colburn
and Bradley ErosÖ).

We are also happy that this series is accompanied by a
new publication (also the title for the film series)
OF BB OPTICS. This book features writings about
Billís work as artist and archivist, as well as a
generous selection of writings by the man himself.
Marie Nesthus, Brian Frye, Jon Gartenberg are just a
few of the contributors. A special highlight is a
Self-Preservation Guide For Artists co-authored by
Bill and small gauge guru Toni Treadway that shows
filmmakers how to start taking better care when it
comes to storing and caring for their own works. All
this for only $5.

This series and publication have been made possible
with the invaluable support of the Moving Image
Archiving and Preservation Program in the Department
of Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Many thanks to them.

So, if you have questions, feel free to write. The
info should be posted on our web site shortly. Our
new calendars just showed up with a handsome cover by
Christian Marclay so if you are around come pick one


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