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An hour-long program by Chicagoan Paula Froehle, whose densely layered films about memory and photographic imagery question how we can distinguish fact from feeling and how much we can know from a picture. Flicker (1995) begins by testing the viewer's memory and proceeds to a voice-over about an elderly man's thoughts and recollections; at first the images seem to illustrate the sound track, but gradually the viewer is immersed in an uncertain flow of tiny images within the frame that evoke dreams. In Spitting Image (1992) a voice-over paired with old photographs uses the physical instability of the medium (“flakes of silver coming off in my hands”) as a metaphor for shifts in consciousness, and Underground Women (2001) translates Froehle's concerns to a more narrative realm, as a photo of a woman who died in a Laundromat links the photographer to the woman's landlady. Also showing: Second Skin (1990), Fever (1998), and excerpts from Froehle's recent music/film collaborations with Ken Vandermark and the Sinister Luck Ensemble.

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