Media@McGill presents a film screening and discussion
with members of KABANE77 and guests:
A film by Robert Kramer, 1969, 130 minutes
Cultural Studies screening room, 3475 Peel Street, Room 101
A pioneering work that blurred the boundaries between fictional and documentary styles, Ice was hailed by filmmaker and Village Voice critic Jonas Mekas as “the most original and most significant American narrative film” of the late sixties. An underground revolutionary group struggles against internal strife which threatens its security and stages urban guerrilla attacks against a fictionalized fascist regime in the United States. Interspersed throughout the narrative are rhetorical sequences that explain the philosophy of radical action and serve to restrain the melodrama inherent in the “thriller” genre. Shot in the gray landscape of New York City in a gritty cinema-verité style, the film has been compared to Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville.
At the crossroads of the Mile-End’s lines of desire, KABANE77 proposes to open an abandoned city building at 77 Bernard East, and to turn it into a laboratory of experimental social and artistic practices. Anchored in cinematic practices, and inscribed in the organic corridor initiated by the Champ des Possibles, it will be a space of human ecology that houses a hub of knowledge production and sharing that is open to the community.
KABANE77 is in residence at Media@McGill for the 2017-18 academic year.