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Fri, Sep 03


Epsilon Spires


Join us after Gallery Walk for an exhuberant program of joyfully transgressive films in The Backlot Cinema! 16mm shorts followed by the Czech New-Wave Classic: Daisies!

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Time & Location

Sep 03, 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

Visit our current exhibition Erika Somogyi: Luminous during Gallery Walk, and afterwards come enjoy a special program in our outdoor cinema featuring joyfully transgressive 16mm short films followed by the Czech New-Wave Classic: Daisies!  Co-curated by Jo Dery! Artisanal Columbian Arepas made from heirloom corn grown using regenerative farming practices will be available from Moon & Stars!

The Films: 

"Standing Forward Full” 5 mins, Dir. by Alee Peoples (2020). A helter skelter is an amusement ride with a spiral slide built around a tower. An exorcism attempt of an unrequited desire, it's either moving too fast or at a complete standstill. Disorienting but exciting.

Slap the Gondola!” 15 mins, Dir. by Marie Losier (2010). Surf rock musical of muses and fishes, inspired by the underground films of Jack Smith. On a giant ferry, two mermaids (Tony Conrad, and Genesis P-Orridge) play violins to lure fish when suddenly a giant whale lands on board, filled with thirty dancers and the great singer, April March. A wildly uninhibited fish fight ensues.

"2nd War Hats”, 5 mins, Dir by Henri Plaat (1984). Between wartime bombings, a fashion show exhibiting the latest in ladies' hats appears from a manhole cover in an asphalt road in Warsaw.

The shorts program will be followed by the 1966 Czech New-Wave masterpiece “Daisies”, 70 mins. 

Maybe the film movement’s most anarchic entry, Věra Chytilová’s visually-arresting absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Who believing “If the world has gone bad, let us also be bad” embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, or war—is taken seriously. Originally banned, Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.

"Innocuously titled yet wildly confrontational, Sedmikrásky (Daisies) should be considered as among the quintessential performative artworks of its time."- Artforum

Read more about DAISIES in The New York Times: An Audience For Free Spirits In A Closed Society

Seating is outdoors on a first-come-first-serve basis. We encourage our guests to come as if to a picnic – so bring your own blankets, cushions or folding chairs to sit – you want to be comfortable so bring all the coziness you need! 

Food will be available from Moon & Stars, and restrooms provided. In the case of rain the event will be moved into our Sanctuary, which will have socially distanced seating and Covid precautions in place.


  • Admission to Backlot Cinema!

    Ticket for one person- includes entry into the Raffle! Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. Masks are required inside the building. Enjoy the program!

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