Art Gallery of Alberta

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Photo (c) Asako Kitaori

Gerard Malanga’s Film Notebooks

Thursday, March 7, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level


The Alberta Institute for American Studies is thrilled to host the visit of renowned photographer, film-maker, and poet Gerard Malanga, the New York based artist celebrated for his visual and written work and named by the New York Times as Andy Warhol’s “most important associate” before and during the legendary Factory scene.

The evening’s presentation will include a screening of Gerard Malanga’s Film Notebooks, a half-hour film of memories featuring extremely rare footage from The Factory including Bob Dylan, Edie Sedgwick, Salvador Dali, Jack Smith, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, and others. These sequences are accompanied by a soundtrack from the music of Angus MacLise, the legendary poet/composer and Malanga’s close friend. Following a question and answer session, Malanga will read poetry drawing from a five decade career of almost two dozen published volumes. A reception will follow.

This event is free and open to the public, courtesy of the University of Alberta and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Gerard Malanga’s Film Notebooks

2005 I 27 minutes
Soundtrack by Angus MacLise

In 2005, Gerard Malanga was invited to present a programme of five of his movies at the Vienna International Film Festival, but felt that he needed to contribute something more recent in having the programme brought up-to-date. What resulted was Gerard Malanga’s Film Notebooks, the 6th movie in the programme, consisting of never-before seen footage from the filmmaker’s personal archive. He capped it off with a compilation of music-tapes by his close friend, Angus MacLise (1938-1979), also from Malanga’s extensive archives.

The filmic essence details primarily with what Malanga characterizes as ‘archival retrieval,’ thus resurrecting film footage that otherwise might not have been seen at all.

This movie subsequently had its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.