Lehigh Valley Cinema Club

A new, monthly film screening series focusing on adventurous works of cinema from yesterday and today, presented by Love's Devotee and curated by Herb Shellenberger. This is a self-funded, roving series which is open to partnerships and collaboration, and will evolve over the course of 2024. 

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February 2024 – Gabbeh


Gabbeh, dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996, Iran/France, 75 mins, digital

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00pm
Landis Cinema (Buck Hall), Lafayette College
219 N 3rd St, Easton, PA 18042

Lehigh Valley Cinema Club and Lafayette College's Department of Film and Media Studies present a screening of Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1996 feature Gabbeh

Tickets: free with registration

A poetic, dreamlike vision from one of Iran's most celebrated filmmakers, Gabbeh portrays the traditionally nomadic Qashqai people of Southern Iran. Makhmalbaf Film House describes the film's narrative: "On the banks of a stream, an old woman and her husband are washing their Gabbeh [a type of traditional Persian rug]. From this carpet comes forth a beautiful young woman—aptly named Gabbeh—who shares her epic tale: she is desperately in love with a mysterious horseman who follows her clan from [behind]. Though her father has agreed to let her marry the man, season after season, the horseman follows Gabbeh—always present, always waiting, howling songs of love after nightfall."

Winner of awards at Tokyo and Singapore International Film Festivals, as well as the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Gabbeh is a visual feast of color and a masterful example of cinematic tableaux. Makhmalbaf effortlessly merges the rural and traditional setting with a visionary cinematic perspective, resulting in an unforgettable and stunningly beautiful work of film art. 

Thanks to Bret Berg (American Genre Film Archive), Drew Swedberg and the faculty and staff of the Department of Film and Media Studies, Lafayette College

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March 2024 – (to be announced)

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April 2024 – (to be announced)

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May 2024 – (to be announced)

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June 2024 – (to be announced)

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July 5–7, 2024 – The Midsummer Séance Film Festival

A weekend film festival celebrating cinema as séance and portal to the afterlife, and the parallels between film projection and reincarnation. Combining contemporary and archival short and feature films, live soundtracks, moving image installation, illustrated storytelling and a special outdoor excursion, the Midsummer Film Séance will be an utterly unique, one-time-only, unrepeatable cinematic event.

Festival program announced Monday, April 1, 2024.

 

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January 2024 – Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You

Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You

Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You, dir. Ryan Daly & Will Oldham, 2023, US, 47 mins, 16mm-to-DCP

Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 7:30pm
Theatre 514 (Civic Theatre of Allentown)
514 N 19th St, Allentown, PA 18104

Tickets: free with registration

Lehigh Valley Cinema Club presents the Pennsylvania premiere of Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You, the visual album of Bonnie "Prince" Billy's 2023 album of the same name, a collaboration between filmmaker Ryan Daly & musician Will Oldham.

We go to the cinema to see movies. Can we also go to hear records? This is what Will Oldham and film/visual artist Ryan Daly are eager to explore with this special presentation of Bonnie Prince Billy’s newest album Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You. The album was recorded in the winter of 2022–23 and is composed of songs which date back to the harrowing lockdown year of 2020. Many of us experienced an unprecedented focus of intention and energy during this period, and Oldham found a way into distilling songs and presenting them with newfound clarity and candor.

Echoing the spirit and themes of the album, Ryan Daly utilizes his vast archive of 16mm film prints—working in the avant-garde tradition of ‘found footage’ film making—to assemble a tour de force visual juxtaposition of Will Oldham’s new album. Drawing from the techniques and theories of Soviet montage, Daly’s footage recalls, re-imagines, and suggests an alternative, timeless counterpoint to the era of the most recent pandemic.

About the filmmakers

As an actor, Will Oldham (born 1970 in Louisville, KY) has worked with a diverse scope of directors including John Sayles (Matewan, 1987), Harmony Korine (Julian Donkey Boy, 1999), Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, 2006 & Wendy and Lucy, 2008) and David Lowery (A Ghost Story, 2017). As a songwriter, Oldham has released over 20 albums—first as Palace and since 1998 as Bonnie “Prince” Billy—throughout his nearly thirty-year career. He has received praise from The New Yorker, New York Times, American Songwriter, NPR and Rolling Stone, to name a few. His most recent album, Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You, was released on August 11, 2023 via Drag City Records, and he recently completed tours with Quebecois singer-songwriter Myriam Gendron and Welsh musician Jon Langford.

As an archivist, Ryan Daly (born 1979 in Louisville, KY) maintains a vast collection of 16mm film prints. His library consists of rare, often one of a kind, ephemeral home movies, newsreels, television commercials, educational and industrial film prints. Having been the source of several 16mm prints for leading national archives, Daly turned to digitizing his collection prior to the pandemic. As a filmmaker, Daly's understanding of the history of filmmaking, provides unique insight to magic of montage. Having graduated from Pittsburgh Filmmakers in 2003, Daly was among the last of a generation to learn the craft of filmmaking on celluloid.

Thanks to Drag City Records (Kathryn Wilson, Bailey Davis, Sue Ng), Civic Theatre of Allentown (Drew Swedberg), Ryan Daly and Will Oldham. 

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