Peter Sillen directed this fine documentary, about the songwriter, performance artist, and poet Jesse Bernstein, and grabbed its title from a poem by Bernstein, "Come Out Tonight," which was a calling card, an inspiration, and an anthem for the burgeoning grunge-rock movement in the Northwest in the late eighties.
Sillen brings together a wealth of video and audio clips of Bernstein along with interviews with the artist's friends, family, and colleagues and striking footage of the beautiful, darker side of Seattle. It's clear early on that the story is not going to end well, given Bernstein's lifelong struggle with mental illness--he died in 1991, at the age of forty--but Sillen finds nobility in the poet's ceaseless commitment to observation, self-examination, and what he called just plain "doing your job."
— Ken Marks, New Yorker
I Am Secretly an Important Man
Fri October 14, 2011, 7:00 only, VAC Basement Auditorium (1B20)
10 films for $60 with punch card
$9 general admission.
$7 w/UCB student ID,
$7 for senior citizens
$1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet
Free on your birthday! CU Cinema Studies students get in free.
Pay lot 360 (now only $1/hour!), across from the buffalo statue and next to the
Duane Physics tower, is closest to Muenzinger. Free parking can be found after 5pm at the meters
along Colorado Ave east of Folsom stadium and along University Ave west of Macky.
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International Film Series
(Originally called The University Film Commission)
Established 1941 by James Sandoe.
First Person Cinema
(Originally called The Experimental Cinema Group)
Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.
C.U. Film Program
(AKA The Rocky Mountain Film Center)
First offered degrees in filmmaking and critical studies in 1989 under the guidance of Virgil
Created by Suranjan Ganguly in 2003.
C.U. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts
Established 2017 by Chair Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz.
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