Larry Fessenden among filmmakers featured in upcoming Museum of Modern Art event

Director larry fessendenwho delivered horror films such as The Devil’s House, Wendigo, Stake Landand the movie The Transfigurationteams up with The Museum of Modern Art for an exploration of his contribution to the world of cinema. Titled “Oh, Humanity! The Films of Larry Fessenden & Glass Eye Pix”, the event will take place from From March 30 to April 19, 2022with 26 features, shorts and oddities in theaters and online.

Glass Eye Pixthe indie production shingle from new york led by the art-horror author larry fessendenis pleased to announce that a retrospective of 26 feature films as well as numerous short films, animations and first works created during its 37 years of activity, is presented by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) From March 30 to April 19. The film series will be hosted by Fessenden and many of the directors who have been on the Glass Eye Pix mission to support “individual voices in the arts.”

Fessenden will unroll all the feature films he has directed: No indication, habit, Wendigo, the last winter, under, and Depraved, each of which grapples with the intersection between horror, societal breakdown, and self-betrayal. Fessenden’s films of the 90s pioneered the idea of ​​”personal” horror that is now a staple of the genre.

In addition to the work of Fessenden, the retrospective will present works by famous directors Kelly Reichard (River of Grass, Wendy and Lucy), Ti West (The Perchoir, The Devil’s House, The Innkeepers), Rick Alverson (The Comedy) and Jim Mickle (Stake Land), all of whom made first or second films in the production company with Fessenden producing, exemplifying the mentorship that defined Glass Eye Pix. Films by promising auteur films will also be screened, including Ana Asensio’s award-winning film The most beautiful islandJenn Wexler the forest rangerby Rob Mockler Like me, At Mickey Keating’s Honey, Ilya Chaiken child of freedomby Joe Maggio bitter partyGlenn McQuaid I sell the deadthe hallucinatory I see you by Graham Reznick and the extremely experimental B&W-s8mm-Sci-Fi-futuristic-Robot-movie Automata by James Felix McKenney.

A highlight of the series will be the April 2 New York premiere of Fessenden’s son’s latest Glass Eye Pix film: foxhole by Jack Fessenden. Taking place over 36 hours in three separate wars – the American Civil War, World War I and Iraq – foxhole follows a small group of soldiers trapped in a confined space as they grapple with morality, futility, and an increasingly unstable combat situation. The film is notable for its structure, but also for its focus on classic themes of honor, sacrifice, camaraderie, and cowardice. Foxhole is the follow-up feature to Stray Bullets (2016, also playing at MoMA) from young Fessenden, who was 19 when filming took place in August 2019.

In addition to theatrical fare, the retrospective will also feature an online program featuring the works of longtime Glass Eye Pix collaborator Beck Underwood, whose animated shorts will delight connoisseurs of the macabre sweet Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer. Underwood will present various films, including There In Spirit, An Exquisite Task, Perfectly Perfect, as well as Uncle Ben, which was made in collaboration with artist Melissa Stern. Also on the program, a selection of short films from the Creepy Christmas Film Festival organized by Underwood: Swollen Archive by Glenn McQuaid, larry fessendenit’s wild ride, and Merrill (with Maud, Sam and Gareth) Rauch’s Memory.

The online program also features two behind-the-scenes documentaries on the making of the films Glass Eye No Telling and Stray Bullets as well as two feature-length documentaries produced by the company: one by Matt Kliegman titled Markie in Milwaukee, a deeply moving portrait of a Midwestern evangelical preacher contemplating a transition from Mark to Markie; and Birth of the Living Deada historical documentary by Rob Kuhns on the making of George Romero’s seminal zombie image night of the living dead. Also available online: the ambitious hand-drawn animated short by Glass Eye contributor James Siewert, titled The past in the present. And there are other unexpected shorts and oddities from the archives: 70s s8mm films from Fessenden, collaborations with performance artists David “The Impact Addict” Leslie, and an 80s featurette made with performer Heather Woodbury called Hollow. Venus; Diary of a Go-Go Dancer.

“I am honored to have our film collection recognized by such a venerable institution as MoMA. Although my name appears in the title of this retrospective, it is actually a celebration of all the artisans who have worked under the Glass Eye banner over the years: fellow producers, crew members, the actors, sound designers, graphic designers and of course the directors and writers, many of whom have collaborated on more than one project and in different capacities, in different roles, telling original stories that are personal and vital across many genres and disparate mediums, created under one production roof with the philosophy that art matters. It means a lot that our little corner of showbiz is enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight. Said Fessenden of the program.

You can learn more about the program and get your tickets on the programs official website website.

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