Anthology Film Archives


September 16 – September 26

To celebrate the publication of composer, musician, and writer Alan Licht’s new book “Common Tones” – which features interviews with a wide range of cultural figures from the realms of music, cinema, literature, and art – we’ve invited Licht to guest-curate a series. The program gathers a selection of films either directed by or featuring ten of the artists highlighted in the book – Rudy Wurlitzer, Kelly Reichardt, Phill Niblock, Karl Precoda, Vito Acconci, Richard Foreman, Tony Oursler, Glenn Branca, Tony Conrad, and Alan Vega – as well as works discussed by Licht and his interlocutors in the interviews. Reflecting the diversity of the book’s voices, and Licht’s own engagement with a variety of music worlds, the series encompasses New Hollywood classics like TWO LANE BLACKTOP and KING OF MARVIN GARDENS, more recent indie feature films like Kelly Reichardt’s OLD JOY, and an array of experimental films and videos.

“Common Tones: Selected Interviews with Artists and Musicians 1995-2020” is published by Blank Forms Editions; for more info and to purchase copies, click here.

Special thanks to Alan Licht; Richard Foreman; Phill Niblock; Tony Oursler; Karl Precoda; Kelly Reichardt; Jay Sanders; Rudy Wurlitzer; John Zorn; Brian Belovarac (Janus Films); Rebecca Cleman & Karl McCool (EAI); Jason Jackowski (Universal Pictures); David Jennings (Sony); Sarah Jones (Gagosian); Kristie Nakamura (WB); and Barbi Spieler & Maria Paula Armelin (Whitney Museum of American Art).

Alan Licht will be here in person for numerous screenings during the series, starting on opening night, Thurs, Sept 16, and he will be joined (in-person or virtually) by many of the featured filmmakers and artists. Details are below (info will be updated so check back as the screenings approach):

--Kelly Reichardt will join for a Zoom intro before OLD JOY on Thurs, Sept 16
--Karl Precoda will join for a Zoom intro before his program on Mon, Sept 20
--Jay Sanders (Artists Space) will be here in person to introduce the Thurs, Sept 23 Richard Foreman screening
--Phill Niblock plans to join us via Zoom for his programs on Sat, Sept 25

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