September 2, 2017, 7pm
Screening: Canners (2017)
Directed by Manfred Kirchheimer, 76 minutes
Followed by a Q&A with the director Manfred Kirchheimer and film critic Eric Hynes, Film Comment columnist and Associate Curator of Film at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY.
Tickets: $10 suggested donation to benefit LightField; reservations encouraged
Manfred Kirchheimer’s deeply humane film Canners takes to the streets in an ode to the men and women who earn their daily bread by diligently collecting New York City’s bottles and cans. They talk to him about their struggles, their families, and their dreams, never straying too far from this film’s abiding subject, survival in the city. This lyrical documentary, along with earlier films about New York (including Stations of the Elevated), makes a superb addition to a body of work fifty years in the making, defined by Whitmanesque generosity and grandeur.
“The can collectors trust him, which means that, through the wonderful alchemy of cinema, it feels as if they trust you….A testament to its director’s indefatigable humanism.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times
About Manfred Kirchheimer
Manfred (Manny) Kirchheimer is an independent filmmaker who has won awards here and abroad for such films as My Coffee with Jewish Friends, Canners, Art Is…The Permanent Revolution, SprayMasters, Tall, We Were So Beloved, Stations of the Elevated, Bridge High, Short Circuit, Claw, Leroy Douglas, Haiku, and Colossus on the River. Kirchheimer has been producing and directing documentaries since 1965 with special emphasis on social issues, the built environment, art, and nature. Screenings and retrospectives of Kirchheimer’s films have taken place all over the world, including, most recently, at the Museum of Modern Art.
About LightField Festival
LightField is a non-profit organization showcasing the work of innovative and distinguished lens-based artists through exhibits, festivals and talks. LightField’s annual festival at Hudson Hall is the only media arts festival outside of the New York City metro area. It aims to spark discussion around the aesthetic choices of documentary artists, to evoke the power of lens-based art to spotlight social issues, and to provide a framework for discussion and debate. As well, LightField creates educational photography workshops for young people in underserved communities.
For more information as the program develops, please visit lightfield.vu.