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Visiting Filmmaker- William E. Jones: Selected Short Films

Event: Visiting Filmmaker- William E. Jones: Selected Short Films
This January is something of a William E. Jones month at the Wexner Center. His video Midcentury is running continuously in The Box, his photographs are featured in the exhibition More American Photographs, and Jones is joining us to present a program of his short films from the past decade.

At the screening, Jones premieres a new work, Actual TV Picture, that heÕll have completed in the Wexner CenterÕs Film/Video Studio just days before the screening. The piece deals with the Paris Peace Accords, which ended the Vietnam War. Coincidentally, the 40th anniversary of the accords occurs three days before the screening.

A Massillon, Ohio, native whoÕs lived in Los Angeles for many years, Jones captures new life from the worldÕs discarded image banks. Whether heÕs reclaiming unused photos from Depression-era Farm Security Administration projects, educational films, or interstitial scenes from gay porn, Jones works with a sort of lost history, obsessively analyzing and reworking his found footage through rigorous formal procedures to create a remarkable hybrid of the forgotten past.

And itÕs fitting that this month would be such a tribute to the artist. WeÕve had a longer and more dedicated relationship with Jones than any other artist, and through his nearly annual visits to our Film/Video Studio Program, weÕve helped support the creation of many of his works including most of those presented at this screening, which have gone on to be featured everywhere from the Venice Biennale to the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, the Wexner Center Store is releasing a limited-edition DVD box set of Massillon, JonesÕs breakthrough 1991 film, to coincide with Jones's visit. (app. 90 mins., video)
Date and time:January 31, 2013
7:00 PM
Location:Wexner Center Film/Video Theater
Contact:Ticket office
Phone Number:614-292-3535
Event category:Wexner Center
Event Type:Film

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