On Friday, September 25, the Nineteen23 film series returns with a program of hard and social science films. Titled “Don’t Mourn, Organize! Social Forms and Cell Movements,” the program draws connections between films about biology and human behavior.
The program will feature science films, documentaries and educational films about human organization. The 1949 film From One Cell, produced by the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of the then-new war on cancer, will open the program.
Three documentaries on minority populations in the U.S., will be shown as examples of films that use individual experiences to make wide generalizations about whole populations. The Iroquois in upstate New York are spotlighted in Haudenosaune: way of the longhouse, which presents both the tribes’ history and their increasingly marginalized place in today’s society. Elderly Jews in Venice Beach, Calif., are the focus of Number Our Days, an Academy Award-winning film companion of a 1975 book that was a landmark in anthropology. Rural Appalachians are featured in The Mountain People, which was made in the early 1970s by the leftist British television network Granada.
The screening will also include the educational classic Powers of 10, which uses a combination of specialized photography and animation to show what people look like from outer space and deep inside their own bodies. The lesser-seen Canadian film Cosmic Zoom, based on the same book as the American-made Eames film, will be screened as well.
The screening will take place on Friday, September 25, at The 14Kt Cabaret at 218 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Showtime is at 9 p.m., and the program will last two hours, including an intermission. $6 at the door (cash only).
Nineteen23 is a monthly film series highlighting the diversity of short, non-theatrical films made since the 16mm film gauge was introduced in 1923. From documentary and avant-garde cinema to factory and scientific films, this series will feature work that was never screened in movie theaters and is not available on DVD. These lost genres and forgotten modes will be resurrected each month, along with contemporary work that has been influenced by this long shadow of the cinema.
The 14Kt Cabaret is an on-going series of performance, music, dance, film and video in an informal setting. The14Kt Cabaret is an artist-run program of Maryland Art Place supported by public admission and in-kind contributions of local businesses. The 14Kt Cabaret is located at 218 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 and is wheelchair accessible.