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Alternative Visions

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
7:00 p.m. Early Films of Gunvor Nelson
Gunvor Nelson (Sweden/U.S., 1966–84)

In Person/Gunvor Nelson
Introduction/Lynn Marie Kirby


Lynn Marie Kirby, who teaches at California College of the Arts, explores traces of a human presence through the residue of light, history, and listening. With a background in cinema and performance, she works with shifting recording technologies, creating film/video hybrids, drawings, and installations that become records of time, technologies, and places.

Gunvor Nelson, who taught at San Francisco Art Institute for two decades, returns from Sweden, where she now lives, for a rare visit to the Bay Area. Focusing on the first two decades of her filmmaking, tonight’s program includes the early underground classic made with Dorothy Wiley, Schmeerguntz, and Take Off, both witty critiques of mainstream representations of women. The beautiful and tender Red Shift depicts three generations of women. The voice-over of Calamity Jane's unsent letters to her daughter adds poignancy to Nelson's intricately observed interactions of her own family. Memories are encountered in each room of her family home, triggered by small gestures. San Francisco Cinematheque presents a second program of Nelson’s films on Friday, November 30, sfcinematheque.org.

Take Off Gunvor Nelson, U.S., 1972, 10 mins, B&W, 16mm, From Canyon Cinema
Schmeerguntz Gunvor Nelson, Dorothy Wiley, U.S., 1966, 15 mins, B&W, 16mm, PFA Collection
Red Shift Gunvor Nelson, U.S. 1984, 50 mins, B&W, 16mm, PFA Collection

Total running time: 75 mins