This year, the Film and Media Roundtable (FMRT) Gala in Washington, DC, will focus on the history of American Experimental Cinema. Brigid Maher, the Program Director at American University’s School of Communications Film Department is currently producing and directing a film on the life and times of one of the pioneers in the field of Avant-Garde cinema in this country, Sally Dixon. Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story considers the unique path this woman took to claiming a space to display and promote the work of the American Avant-Garde filmmakers.
Tracing her career back to her time at Pittsburgh’s Museum of Art, and then her eventual migration to the Midwest, Experimental Curator will look at all the relationships she has developed with a diverse and fascinating group of filmmakers: Stan Brakhage, Willard Mass and Marie Menken, Storm de Hirsch, Joyce Weiland, etc. She would go on to create exhibitions where she would screen and display their experimental films.
This led to a wondrous rich career for Sally Dixon, and paved the way for future film archivists and curators to do similar and more impressive work in many other locations.
Brigid Maher will share with the attendees at this year’s gala clips from her upcoming film. She will present on Sally Dixon and her multitudinous contributions to the field of American Avant-Garde Cinema, and will discuss questions and thoughts with the audience. This will take place at 6:30 to 8:30 pm at DC’s Poets and Busboys. We anticipate having a full attendance of 85 people and the evening will be split in two.
First, there will be a cocktail and appetizer hour, where attendees may partake of the food and drink on offer at Poets and Busboys. Poets and Busboys is a hallowed DC institution, and they cater to all dietary needs; vegan, gluten free, paleo, omnivore will all find food they can enjoy at this establishment.
Further, they provide excellent bar service, and attendees will have the opportunity to avail themselves of the cash bar. Following the warming up and cocktail hour, Brigid will take the next hour to present on Sally Dixon. The evening will hopefully conclude with door prizes.
The 2019 FMRT Gala in Washington, DC at Poets and Busboys promises to be the best in edutainment. Following the mission of the FMRT to advance and promote media in library spaces, we will provide the opportunity to learn about a pioneer in that field. This should prove a very meaningful event.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, VRT
Meeting Type: Author Event, Social Event, Ticketed Event
Cost: Ticketed Event. Not included with registration. Visit the Ticketed Events Information Page for further details.