Short-film marathon includes pieces from Herzog, Cronenberg, Lynch, Scorsese

<i>Black Breakfast</i> by Jia Zhangke

Black Breakfast by Jia Zhangke

This Saturday, at the 'Scenes from the Telescreen' Short Film Marathon, cinephiles can get a small taste of works by some of their favorite filmmakers, and maybe discover some new ones. The new event is presented by the University of Minnesota's Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Association (CSCLSA). Here, you'll have a chance to check out films by the likes of Wes Anderson, Werner Herzog, Jane Campion, David Cronenberg, Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, and more in a five-hour program that includes discussions. Pop in late, leave early, or watch the whole marathon.


The CSCLSA became official this year, according to filmmaker Joe Larsen, who's part of the group. His role with the association is to program the screenings. He has a video and arts degree from MCTC, and is currently finishing up his senior year at the U before he goes on to to graduate school. 

Part of the thinking behind presenting short films was that the association could get more filmmakers into the mix, and provide more room for discussion than it could with full-length films. The format also allows the event to be presented in a four- or five-hour block, so people can come and go as they wish. 

Larsen chose all of the films. He made a point to select lesser-known works by very famous filmmakers, as well as shorts by people such as Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson and Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, whose names might not be as recognizable. The marathon includes a blend of dramas and comedies, with a few documentaries as well.

Larsen's favorite film is Herzog's La Soufriere. It's the longest piece in the program, clocking in at 30 minutes, and will be shown last. The documentary follows the filmmaker as he goes to an island, where a volcano is supposed to erupt, and interviews the people who have remained there to die.  

This fall, Larsen says the association will be running a weekly film series on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nicholson Hall in room 135. In the spring, they'll be presenting a tribute to Roger Ebert.


'Scenes From the Telescreen' Short Film Marathon

Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 10


Nicholson Hall, room 135