Free Event

Wed, March 28, 4:30pm

Films by Robert Nelson

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Mark Toscano, archivist at the Academy Film Archive, will present a program of 16mm films by Robert Nelson (1930 - 2012) including Bleu Shut (1970, 33 min), and lesser-seen films such as Deep Westurn (1974, 5 min), Special Warning (1999, 5 min) and Hauling Toto Big (1997, 46 min) which was awarded Best Film at the 36th AAFF in 1998.

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Films Showing:

Deep Westurn

(Robert Nelson, (1930–2012), 1974) 5 min

"A 'film wake'. Though celebratory in mood, it has a mournful subtext... death and dying. We dedicated it to Dr. Sam West, departed friend and patron of the arts, trusting...

Special Warning

(Robert Nelson, (1930–2012), 1999) 6 min

"Special Warning is like a poem more than a narrative or story. It suggests states of isolation, barrenness, sexual guilt and sin, but even these punishing afflictions can have a...

Bleu Shut

(Robert Nelson, (1930–2012), 1970) 33 min

Starring Robert Nelson, William T. Wiley, and Diane Nelson. Music by Blue Crumb Truck. "Even when we know the game is an illusion, the experience of Bleu Shut is entirely...

Hauling Toto Big

(Robert Nelson, (1930–2012), 1997) 46 min

Awarded Best of the Festival 36th AAFF (1998) “In the mid 1990s, Nelson started assembling this film from a large stack of b/w footage he had kept from sketches, unfinished...