Still from "The Amateurist" (1998) by Miranda July
Still from “The Amateurist” (1998) by Miranda July


Curated by Astria Suparak
For Pratt Film Series, Brooklyn, NY
April 19, 2000

Self-reflexivity and the rites of passage.


1. The Anatomy of Melancholy, Brian Frye, 1999, 16mm, b/w, 10 min. – New York premiere
“Huddled figures mouth fragments of dialogue, apparently rehearsing for a play, until images that seemed stilted and static become powerfully iconic, almost frightening.” –Chicago Reader

2. Fine Lines, Jane Gang, 1995, Super 8mm on video, 5 min.

3. The Amateurist, Miranda July, 1998, video, 14 min.
Miranda July attempts control through surveillance.

4. Recital, Seth Price, 2000, 16mm to video, 16 min.
A “power-struggle set to music: the back and forth, with the young gun under the voice-knife, who can resist words with images, but ultimate capitulation to ‘feelings.'”

5. Martina’s Playhouse, Peggy Ahwesh, 1989, Super 8 film on video, 19:48 min.
Peggy Ahwesh turns psychoanalytic theory upon its head in Martina’s Playhouse.