Film Program

Performa’s film programs this year include the first-ever Performa Commission by a filmmaker (Guy Maddin’s Tales From the Gimli Hospital: Reframed), a Bergman-inspired performance by a visual artist (Ming Wong’s Persona Performa), a new film by Jonas Mekas that compiles rare personal materials celebrating Fluxus (Fluxus Cabaret), a film series that explores the connections between stand-up comedy and visual art from the 1970s to the present (Not Funny), and a special screening of the 1980-81 reconstruction of Meyerhold’s The Magnanimous Cuckhold.

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Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Lenny Bruce
  • Wed. Nov 2, 9:00 pm
Rare documentation from 1973 of one of Lenny Bruce's last performances. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Richard Pryor
  • Thu. Nov 3, 9:00 pm
The first-ever comedy concert film, and still arguably the best, Richard Pryor: Live in Concert. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Comics on the Edge in the 1970s
  • Mon. Nov 7, 7:00 pm
Featuring the work of two groundbreaking 1970s comedians: Albert Brooks, and Andy Kaufman. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny:
Piece to Camera
  • Tue. Nov 8, 7:00 pm
Several 1970s California-based artists making humorous minimalist videos. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Ming Wong
Persona Performa
  • Thu. Nov 10, 8:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 11, 8:00 pm
After Bergman’s Persona, a human filmstrip of American cinema archetypes winds its way through the museum. $30
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Jonas Mekas
Fluxus Cabaret
  • Sat. Nov 12, 6:00 pm
A brand new film from the archives of Mekas, featuring Paik, Ono, Lennon, Maciunas, Beuys and more! Tickets $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Mel Gordon
The Magnanimous Cuckold
  • Mon. Nov 14, 6:30 pm
Screening of the 1980-81 Guggenheim reconstruction of Meyerhold’s The Magnanimous Cuckold. Free
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Crossing Over
  • Mon. Nov 14, 7:00 pm
A program of rare work by artists who made serious attempts to crossover to comedy or vice versa. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Performa Film Program: Not Funny
Stand-Up, Sit Down, and Visual Art Comedy Today
  • Tue. Nov 15, 7:00 pm
Short works by some of the artists and stand-up comedians working between these two disciplines today. $9 / $7 students/seniors / $6 AFA Members
Guy Maddin
Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed
  • Fri. Nov 18, 7:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 18, 9:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 19, 7:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 19, 9:00 pm
A live, dreamlike re-imagining of Maddin’s first feature film, produced in 1988, with a new score by acclaimed Icelandic musicians. $25 in advance / $30 at the door. Discount for Performa and Film Society members/students/seniors ($20/$25).
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