11:00am – 12:45pm
Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – Book of Clarence (US, 2016)
100 minutes | Segal Theatre
This feature length documentary essay follows the life of legendary blind gospel singer and founding member of the Grammy award winning Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain. We learn of Clarence’s life, music and health through his dreamlike and hallucinatory memories while he receives kidney dialysis. These memories are woven together with past performances of The Blind Boys of Alabama and current performances with a small band featuring long-time collaborator and guitar player Sam Butler Jr. The film also features Clarence’s last performance with The Blind Boys of Alabama at the 2015 Jazz and Heritage Festival. The kidney dialysis dream sequences feature the kinetic abstract light paintings by the artist Bill Ham of 1960s San Francisco psychedelic light show era.
Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is considered to be one of the most innovative directors on the world stage. Breuer is an artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Lee is a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Eric Marciano is a New York based filmmaker, media designer and storyteller. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he earned a BFA in filmmaking in 1984. In 1984 he formed American Montage to engage in editing, motion picture production and storytelling to its fullest. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired all of Mr. Marciano’s early film works for their permanent collection.