Rome Is Burning: The Legacy of American Independent Shirley Clarke
We screen three of Clarke’s groundbreaking films, followed by a discussion with special guests.
Total runtime 130min
At a time of underground film development and canon formation, Shirley Clarke aspired to reach a wide-ranging audience. In Rome Is Burning (1970) we see her holding court at a party, talking in depth about her personal approach to film (look out for cameos from Yoko Ono and Jacques Rivette). Butterfly (1967), the beautiful anti-Vietnam film that Clarke made with her daughter, and the highly rhythmic Tongues (1982) also illustrate the breadth of her interests and the diversity of her output. Following the screening, join artist Kim Coleman, film programmer Tega Okiti and academic Dr Sophia Satchell-Baeza for a discussion about Clarke’s work.