Houston Cinema Arts Festival and Aurora Picture Show present a night of Pasolini-inspired films by two accomplished filmmakers, Cathy Lee Crane and Barbara Hammer, both in attendance.
The evening starts off with Cathy Lee Crane's 60-minute documentary Pasolini's Last Words. Known as one of Italy's most important filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was first and foremost, one of its poets. Combining staged and archival material, this elegiac essay considers Pasolini's brutal murder in 1975 alongside the texts he published or left unfinished during his last year.
Following the documentary, renowned avant-garde filmmaker and pioneer of queer cinema Barbara Hammer presents a live cinema performance of Witness: Palestine, in which Hammer layers film practice, politics and performance. Moved by the stories of men and women she met while on the first LGBTIQ Solidarity Tour of Palestine in January 2012, Hammer will assemble a group of audience volunteers, each of whom dons a large white T-shirt. Thus attired, these participants become the three-dimensional screens, onto which Hammer projects films of Palestinians telling their stories.