The College of Central Florida concludes the International Film Series with a member appreciation event and viewing of “Maya Deren Shorts” on Tuesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Online discussion on Wednesday, May 26, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. will be hosted by Appleton Museum of Art’s Patricia Tomlinson. Screenings will take place at the Ocala Drive-In theater, 4850 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, for free. Each film can also be screened from the safety of one’s own home at a time of convenience via free internet streaming services.
Through Deren’s pioneering camera work and editing techniques, as well as her deep exploration of psychological themes, her ground-breaking films are entirely unique and laid the groundwork for future innovative filmmakers such as David Lynch. The four short films selected represent several stages of her career; from her 1943 breakout film “Meshes of the Afternoon” to one of her last films, the 1959 “The Very Eye of Night,” they offer a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary filmmaker and scholar.
Tomlinson is Curator of Exhibitions at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida. She joined the Appleton in 2016 after having served as curatorial staff at the Denver Art Museum for eight years. Tomlinson received degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado State University and the University of Denver. In addition to her degrees in art history and museum studies, Tomlinson has completed extensive coursework in film history and directed several experimental films.
Autographed books from participating CF International Film Series Speakers will be given away by drawing to current International Film Series members.