For the first time since 2011, filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to the East Coast in January 2018 for a 4-month, 3000-mile roadshow of a program of his multiple-projector performances. The program features several premieres of new works alongside some of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping “Last Light of a Dying Star”) as well as recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video. These works take on a range of strategies from formalist investigations of the materials of film to essayistic explorations of popular culture and a range of topics from the forbidden pleasures of men crying (“Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes)”) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (“Beginnings”) to Las Vegas suicides (“Money Changes Everything”) and the real spaces of the virtual economy(“Amazonia”).
“[Beebe’s films] implicitly and explicitly evoke the work of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, all photographers of the atomic age whose Western photographs captured the banalities, cruelties and beauties of imperial America.”
–David Fellerath, The Independent Weekly
“Beebe’s films are both erudite and punk, lo-fi yet high-brow shorts that wrestle with a disfigured, contemporary American landscape.”
–Wyatt Williams, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)
“Beebe’s work is goofy, startling, and important.” –Daniel Kraus, Wilmington Encore