THE SECRET LIVES OF INANIMATE OBJECTS: THE FILMS OF JANIE GEISER

CinemaSpace at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present The Secret Lives of Inanimate Objects: The Films of Janie Geiser on Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th at 6:30pm. Geiser makes her first appearance in Montreal for her film work with this event, presenting 12 films in two separate programs. Following the screenings, Janie Geiser will be available for a talkback session.

Geiser’s films have been screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim
Museum and MoMA, and at numerous international film festivals including New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong and Rotterdam. Three of Geiser’s films are in MoMA’s permanent collection. The Archive of the Academy of Motion Pictures has recently selected her body of work for preservation in their archive of experimental films. An internationally recognized visual/theatre artist and experimental filmmaker based in Los Angeles, Janie Geiser’s work is known for its investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects, its sense of ambiguity and mystery, and its strength of design. One of the pioneers in the renaissance of American avant-garde object performance, Geiser has, for over two decades, created innovative, hypnotic works which integrate puppets and performing objects with film and video. She was recognized in the LA Weekly’s 2006 State of the Arts as one of 100 significant Los Angeles Artists.

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CinemaSpace at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts | 5170, ch. de la Côte-Ste- Catherine
Metro Snowdon or Côte-Ste-Catherine | Bus 129 / 17 / 51
Tickets: Adults $10.00 | Students (full-time w/ ID) / Seniors (65+) $8.00 | Package $15.00 for two programs.
Box Office: 514.739.7944

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.

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