This film is an official selection of the Sound Unseen 16 Film & Music Festival.
Date: Fri. Nov. 13, 2015
Venue: Trylon microcinema
Price: $10 advance/$12 at the door
Laurie Anderson's eclectic career spans music, drawing, storytelling, performance, and more. She had a surprise hit with her 1981 song "O Superman," was NASA's first artist in residence, and toured internationally with her political performance-art piece Homeland. Her new feature film, “Heart of a Dog,” combines her multiple talents in a personal film essay. The dog of the title is her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who passed away in 2011 during a succession of family deaths that also included Anderson's mother, Mary Louise, and husband, Lou Reed. Anderson's close bond with Lolabelle underlies the film's stream of consciousness, which flows through subjects as diverse as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. She lingers particularly over the concept of the bardo, described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead as the forty-nine-day period between death and rebirth. Overlaying the film's tapestry of images — which include Anderson's animation, 8mm home-movie footage, and lots of lovingly photographed dogs — is her melodic narration, full of warmth, humor, and insight. (Synopsis provided by Toronto Film Festival.)
DiR: Laurie Anderson, USA & France, 2015, 75 min.
Sponsored by: Trylon microcinema and Peace Coffee