Anthology Film Archives


July 26 – July 28


In July we welcome back filmmaker and photographer Danny Lyon, for a series of screenings combining a selection of the documentary masterpieces he made in the 1970s and 80s – including the extraordinary “New Mexico trilogy” – with a number of more recent works, including WANDERER (2018), which functions as a continuation of the earlier trilogy. In part a follow-up to our June series “Prison Images: Incarceration and the Cinema” – thanks to two films, WILLIE and MURDERERS, that resonate strongly in that context – this program extends beyond the prison topic to encompass Lyon’s powerful immigration-themed films EL MOJADO (1974) and EL OTRO LADO (1978), as well as his trilogy of family films (BORN TO FILM, TWO FATHERS, and the new CHILDHOOD).

One of the finest and most enterprising of American photographers, and the author of such iconic photo-books as THE BIKERIDERS, THE DESTRUCTION OF LOWER MANHATTAN, and CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD, Danny Lyon has long devoted himself to chronicling some of the most marginalized and little-understood of American subcultures, from bikers in the Midwest and prison inmates in Texas, to Native-American communities throughout the U.S. Throughout his career he has worked across different media, exhibiting photos, publishing books in which text and photography are inextricably linked, and, with little fanfare, producing a large body of film work.

Anthology presented a comprehensive retrospective of Lyon’s work in 2008, and this follow-up provides an opportunity not only to revisit some of the highlights of his moving-image work but also to showcase some of the films that he’s created in the past decade.

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