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SUPERLUX Masterclass with Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Ameenah Ayub Allen: Making Artists’ Documentary
12:00 on 22 October 2017
Join artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman and producer Ameenah Ayub Allen for a SUPERLUX Masterclass that surveys the process of making the film Erase and Forget.
Filmed over ten years using impressive visual material, Zimmerman’s portrait of ‘Bo’ Gritz (one of America’s highest decorated Vietnam veterans and the alleged real-life inspiration behind Rambo, a contentious public figure who killed 400 people, turned against Washington and moved to the Nevada desert where he now sleeps with many weapons) is an inquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability, and embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradictions.
As American reality fragments even further, as the alt. right of the social media generation meet and merge with older expressions of right wing extremism, in ever growing conflict and complexity, Erase and Forget explores the relationship of these movements within the state and military apparatus over the last 50 years.
This SUPERLUX Masterclass will focus on questions around the circulation of engaged artists’ documentary, the complexity of working with fair use material within film culture and the possibilities and difficulties that arise when choosing to work outside of mainstream funding structures.