Thursday, April 20 @ 7:00 PM – Free Admission
Logan Center for the Arts – 915 E. 60th St
TWO FILMS BY DANNY LYON
Danny Lyon in Person!
Danny Lyon’s iconic photographs have been acclaimed since the early 1960s, but his intimate non-fiction films have long remained criminally underseen. Renewed interest in this beautiful body of work has arisen following a 2016 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lyon’s films haven’t screened in Chicago in over two decades. Tonight we’re thrilled to present two of them with the artist in person. Born to Film (1982, 33 min) is a funny and ethereal autobiographical meditation on filmmaking and fatherhood, in which the two are more intertwined than a bull snake in a bin full of celluloid. Made over the course of several years, Willie (1985, 82 min, Newly Restored Print) follows Willie Jaramillo, whom Lyon met as a child near his home in Bernalillo, New Mexico (he appears in two of his previous films Llanito (1971) and Little Boy (1977)) as he repeatedly cycles in and out of prison for minor offenses. A dignified and heartbreaking portrait where scenes of the everyday are just as memorable as those of the bizarre. There is an emotional depth and compassion to Willie often not felt in works about “outsiders” (a frequent subject in Lyon’s photographs and films). It’s clear that Willie wasn’t just a subject, but a friend, and as he speaks to Danny through the camera he reminds us, “This is my life we’re talking about.” Don’t miss this chance to see two films you should have seen years ago.
Total Program: 115 min • 16mm from Anthology Film Archives
Co-presented with the Film Studies Center