Chapbook of the Non-Eminent (1993, Elizabeth Wiatr) / courtesy of the artist's estate

Screening & Live Event
Twentieth-Century City: Chapbook of the Non-Eminent and Communion Los Angeles

Part of Essay L.A.
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room

With director Adam Levine in person

Chapbook of the Non-Eminent (Dir. Elizabeth Wiatr. 1993, 20 mins. 16mm.)
Communion Los Angeles (Dirs. Peter Po Rappmund, Adam Levine. 2018, 68 mins. Digital projection.)
A cinema of details, the late Elizabeth Wiatr’s Chapbook of the Non-Eminent sifts through city signage, animatronic fortune-tellers, and Hellenic facades, as though the whole city may be an apparatus for fortune telling. The film is, in her own words, “a bittersweet love poem to Los Angeles, a city of tremendous contradictions, where appearances and actuality are often at odds.” In Peter Bo Rappmund and Adam Levine’s Communion Los Angeles, the beloved Pasadena / Arroyo Seco Freeway (“The 110”) is the main character. Reyner Banham called the Los Angeles freeway system one of the “greater works of man,” is it now already a ruin of the twentieth century? The film follows the meandering freeway as it conveys its way through art nouveau tunnels and alongside grassy hills, connecting many disparate and rapidly shifting Los Angeles neighborhoods.—Courtney Stephens

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