The Aftermath Show

AftermathMagic Lantern Cinema presents
Post-Election Politics, Economics, and Violence
Curated by Paige Sarlin

Wednesday November 19, 2008
9:30 p.m.
Cable Car Cinema
204 S. Main St.
Providence, RI
Admission $5

There’s going to be quite a reckoning over the next months and even years as the fall-out from Neoliberalism, the War on Terror, and de-regulation becomes increasingly unavoidable. In anticipation of that accounting, this collection of films asks a series of questions about some of the basic underpinnings of our American system– the ones that don’t change no matter who is in office. Circling around the very notion of “AFTER,” these films and video consider what happens in the wake of an historic event.

Starting with two rosy pictures produced by educational filmmakers in the 1940s and 50s and ending with some stark re-visions of the American dream, this series of works ponders the relation between elections, capitalism and violence through the use of animation, humor, and music. Lest you forget the state of the economy or the fact that we are still at war amidst all the Democratic euphora, this screening makes it clear that now that this important “fight” has been won, it’s time for the real struggles to begin.

FEATURING: Bruce Conner, “America is Waiting,” (1982); Tony Cokes, “Black Celebration” (1988); Saul Levine, “Unemployment” (1980); Benj Gerdes, “Happy Anniversary, San Francisco, March 20-21, 2003” (2004); Jim Finn, “Decision 80” (2003); Hans Richter, “Inflation” (1928); Jem Cohen, “Little Flags” (2000); Southerland Productions, “It’s Everybody’s Business” (1954); Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe, “Everyone Must Tighten Their Belts” (1997); Department of War Information, “Tuesday in November” (1945)

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