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December 2: Robert Nelson retrospective part I

Sunday December 2 at 7:00 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents:
Films by Robert Nelson – A Retrospective part 1

Echo Park Film Center
1200 Alvarado Street (at Sunset, northeast corner)

Born and raised in San Francisco, Robert Nelson is an artist by background, having trained as a painter before unexpectedly becoming a filmmaker in the mid-1960s. By 1967, his short films, characterized by their free-spirited humor, unexpected twists, and inspired setups, were among the most circulated of the American underground. Following up on an EPFC Nelson program in July 2006, this evening will feature two of Nelson’s legendary classics, Oh Dem Watermelons (1965) (with music by Steve Reich) and Nelson’s counterculture epic The Great Blondino (1967), made with artist William T. Wiley. Rounding out the program will be Hot Leatherette (1967), the rarely seen Deep Westurn (1974), and Nelson’s first released film, Plastic Haircut (1963), made in collaboration with Wiley, as well as SF Mime Troupe founder R.G. Davis, artist Robert Hudson, and Steve Reich.

Tonight’s screenings:
OH DEM WATERMELONS (1965, color, sound, 11m)
PLASTIC HAIRCUT (1963, b/w, sound, 15m)
HOT LEATHERETTE (1967, b/w, sound, 5m)
DEEP WESTURN (1974, color, sound, 5m)
THE GREAT BLONDINO (1967, color, sound, 43m)