First Person Cinema is the longest running university program in the world screening avant-garde film and video work. It was started in 1955 by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley under the name The Experimental Cinema Group, and was later carried forward by Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage, a Distinguished Professor of Film Studies here at CU Boulder until his retirement in 2001. Now called First Person Cinema, with the intention of bringing an awareness of the personal cinema by inviting film artists to Boulder to present their work in person. First Person Cinema has become a highly respected international showcase, until recently programmed by Don Yannacito (years active: 1965-2021). It is now programmed collaboratively by the Moving Image Arts faculty.

The Spring 2022 First Person Cinema events will be hosted remotely on Zoom

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Monday, January 24, 2022
7:00pm on Zoom; Meeting ID 986 8394 4243

Angelo Madsen Minax is a filmmaker, visual artist, performer, and educator. His projects consider the nature of human connection, rendered through affective personal and collective histories in queer, rural, and activist cultures. Madsen’s works have shown at Berlinale, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, BAM CinemaFest, European Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and LGBT Film Festivals around the world. His feature film, North By Current (2021), aired as part of season 34 of the acclaimed PBS series POV, and was nominated for numerous awards including two IDA awards, an Independent Spirit award, and a Cinema Eye award. Madsen teaches video art at the University of Vermont and is a Queer|Art Mentor in New York.

Stay with me, the world is a devastating place

2021, 8:40 16mm archival

At The River

2020, HD, 10:12 minutes

The Eddies

2018, HD, 16:10 minutes

The Source is a Hole

2017, Mixed formats, 25:05 mins

Ina Archer

Ina Archer

Monday, March 14, 2022
7:00pm on Zoom; Meeting ID 953 1829 9483

Ina Archer is a filmmaker, visual artist, programmer and writer whose multimedia works and films have been shown nationally; most recently as the solo artist with Microscope Gallery (NYC) for the 2021 Frieze International Art Fair. Archer was a studio artist in the Whitney Independent Study program, a NYFA multidisciplinary Fellow, and a 2005 Creative Capital grantee in film. She is a Media Conservation and Digitization Specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, and the former co-chair of NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund. Prior to joining NMAAHC, Ina was on the faculty at Parsons The New School for Design. She is a contributor to Film Comment magazine and podcasts, as well as other film periodicals. Archer received a BA in Film/Video from RISD and an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU focused on race, preservation, and early sound film.

1/16th of 100%!?

Single-channel video, 1993-96, 23 minutes


Single-channel video, 2004, 2 minutes 32 seconds

Hattie McDaniel: or A Credit to the Motion Picture Industry

Single-channel video, 2002, 5 minutes 38 seconds

Mein Schatz no. 2 : Bête Noire

Single-channel video, 2003, 1 minute 47 seconds

Osmundine (Orchid Slap)

Looped single-channel video installation, 2021

The Lincoln Film Conspiracy, Prologue

(2005-2021), Three-channel video installation, 2021

Hugo Crosthwaite

Hugo Crosthwaite

Monday, April 11, 2022
7:00pm on Zoom; Meeting ID 963 6731 6628

Allowing the act of drawing to organically dictate his compositions in works that range from intimate drawings to large-scale murals and stop-motion drawing animations, Hugo Crosthwaite juxtaposes a wide range of textural and tonal ranges against spaces that alternate from dense and atmospheric to flat and graphic. Crosthwaite alternates between mythological subjects and contemporary ones, often combining the two. Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Doré, José Guadalupe Posada, and Arnold Böcklin are among the many artists that have inspired his work. He also includes an exploration of modern abstraction in his compositions, which he approaches in a totally improvisational manner. The joining of abstraction with classically rendered imagery creates a feeling of spontaneity and vagueness; each work becomes an enfoldment of personal vision in which reality, history, and mythology collide as he explores the complexities of human expression.

Crosthwaite is the 2019 winner of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. His works are included in collections such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; San Diego Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; The Progressive Art Collection.

In Memoriam: Chicago

mp4, 01:40, 2016

Tijuana Bible No.3

mp4, 04:56, 2020

Tijuana Bible No.4

mp4, 04:27, 2021

A Home for the Brave

mp4, 03:28, 2020

Tía Juana mi Amor

mp4, 05:29, 2020

What Would I Know

mp4, 04:25, 2021