October 21st

and other Experiemental Documentary Shorts
Curated by Thomas Patteson.

Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE
When we think of documentary films, we probably call to mind certain familiar forms, such as archival footage of World War II battles or British-accented narration of natural scenes. But conceived in the broadest terms, the documentary is an extremely diverse cinematic genre with at least as much room for artistic experimentation as the fictional film. This program is intended to trace the fascinating variety of short documentary films, which spans the roughly century-long history of cinema itself.

In different ways, the films featured in this program explore the possible meanings of cinema as a vehicle for human knowledge and aesthetic pleasure. Some are self-consciously experimental, while others challenge us through their historical and cultural distance from our ingrained habits of perception. All these films both expand our experience of the world and force us to re-examine our comfortable relationship with the "reality" that film presents.

The program will consist of two roughly 45-minute sections with a brief intermission in between.

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.


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