Flower, the Boy, the Librarian, 1996, 6 min

Stephanie Barber

Experimental, Historic Film, Short Film

"...A submerged haiku-esque narrative..."; Stephanie Barber's 1996 filmflower, the boy, the librarian is composed of three bits of footage in succession: a blossom wriggling in re-edited motion; the head of a boy, looking to the right; and a young woman with glasses, looking left, and then abruptly covered by a red gel that juts into the frame. The soundtrack is that of a man reading what sounds like typing lessons, each letter intoned with a flat rhythm. At first, the letters are meaningless strings intended merely to train the movement of the fingers ('j, m, j, space') but by the film's end they seems to spell out something more significant with the command 'n, e, e, d, semicolon, space'. The semicolon, a means of conjoining; the space, a separation. - Ed Halter, Afterall.

36th AAFF in 1998

This film is not in competition

Screening of this film is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Directed by Stephanie Barber


Saturday, March 31 7:15pm

Films in Competition 8

New experimental, animated and documentary films from Peru, Finland, Japan and the U.S. including Suzan Pitt’s latest film, Visitation. Please arrive early - Pat Oleszko gives a special live performance

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)