Wexner Center: Look at Our Life Now

Visiting Filmmakers

Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.

Dani Leventhal and Jesse McLean introduce
Look at Our Life Now

Wed, Feb 16, 2011  |  7:00PM

Dani Leventhal, a talented filmmaker from Columbus who is now based in Brooklyn, and Chicago-based video artist Jesse McLean introduce this one-of-a-kind program of new shorts.

The program seeks to take stock of this present moment in a handful of recent videos and films that balance the impersonal technological tenor of the times with a complex emotional palate ranging from tenderness to irony. At the center of the program is Leventhal’s Hearts Are Trump Again, a remarkable diary collage film. Pop songs feature prominently in several other works, including Wex favorite Michael Robinson’s new video, These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us, which imaginatively and astonishingly fuses footage from a Michael Jackson video with Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. McLean’s Magic for Beginners assesses a particularly modern emotional landscape through an examination of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tron videogame machines, Celine Dion, and Andy Warhol. And that’s just the start of the evening—you won’t want to miss this. (program app. 100 mins., video and 16mm)