Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story [In-Person Only]
$14 General Admission
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** Q&A with filmmakers Stephen Silha (Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton) and Sharon Green (Self Portrait of a Nude Model Turned Cinematographer) after the screening! Green and James Broughton are both interviewed in Experimental Curator. **
(Brigid Maher, US, 2022, 57 min, in English)
Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story is a documentary that delves into the life of experimental film curator Sally Dixon. Her story began in the 1960s when she received a small hand-held movie camera from her father-in-law and started making films, that she later called “Film Poems.” Sally is known as a trailblazer in the “film as art” movement and created the film program at The Carnegie Museum of Art in 1970. She founded the program with the purpose of “promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of film as an art form and the filmmaker as an artist.” It was one of the first museum-based film programs in the country.
This one-hour biographic documentary reflects Sally’s life as a woman in a man’s art world. The film beautifully weaves in archival footage of Sally as her love of film first emerged as she captured her first images on Super 8 as well as archival footage of her collaborations with artists in Pittsburgh, and finally St. Paul. The documentary threads in contemporary footage of Sally, her family and her friends as they reflect on her enormous impact.