Marfa Dialogues

PARADISE AND BACK: Michael Almereyda

15 May - 27 June 2009


In hosting Michael Almereyda as a filmmaker-in-residence, Ballroom Marfa puts the spotlight on a unique force in American independent film and invites audiences to immerse themselves in an ongoing discussion with the artist as he walks us through a retrospective spanning two decades. The range of Almereyda’s work includes early, award-winning Pixelvision films Another Girl, Another Planet and The Rocking Horse Winner, the stunning cult vampire movie, Nadja, and his acclaimed version of Hamlet set in contemporary New York (with Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray, Kyle MacLachlin, and Julia Stiles). Organized by Ralph McKay, the retrospective includes forays into documentary — portraits of playwright Sam Shepard and photographer William Eggleston as well as premieres of Almereyda’s most recent features, New Orleans Mon Amour, a post-Katrina romance, and Paradise, a remarkable sketchbook film shot in half a dozen countries over the last ten years.

Screenings will be at the Crowley Theater, starting Friday May 15th at 6:30 PM, admission is free (schedule TBC). Ballroom has commissioned a comprehensive and spirited interview between Almereyda and the equally inventive American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) that will be freely available as a field guide to the excursion.

Program Schedule

FRI 15 MAY 6:30
NADJA, 93′

SAT 16 MAY 6:30
THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER, 23 + ANOTHER GIRL, ANOTHER PLANET, 62′

SUN 17 MAY 6:30
WILLIAM EGGLESTON IN THE REAL WORLD, 86′

SAT 30 MAY 2:00
TWISTER, 93′ special matinee

FRI 5 JUN 6:30
HAPPY HERE AND NOW, 89′

SAT 6 JUN 6:30
ALIENS, 13 + PARADISE, 82′

SUN 7 JUN 6:30
HAMLET, 112′

SAT 13 JUN 6:30
NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR, 90′

FRI 26 JUN 6:30
AT SUNDANCE, 71′

SAT 27 JUN 6:30
THIS SO-CALLED DISASTER, SAM SHEPARD DIRECTS THE LATE HENRY MOSS, 89′