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Amy Halpern Program 2: Unowned Luxuries

Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Halpern made nearly 40 films and one feature, almost all on 16mm. During the 40 years she spent in Los Angeles, she collaborated with such luminaries as Pat O’Neill, Charles Burnett, and her husband David Lebrun. Halpern grew close with the legendary filmmaker Chick Strand and appears in her film Soft Fiction among other influential and formative west coast experimental films. She and her films inspired countless artists, including those she taught at various institutions around L.A., most notably at the University of Southern California. Halpern brought people together for a common good, cofounding two screening cooperatives: The New York Collective for Living Cinema (1972–82) and the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis (1975–80).  

Films include: 

Access to the View 

2000, 16mm, color, sound, 2 mins. 

Filament (The Hands) 

1975, 16mm, b&w, silent 18fps, 6 mins. 

Slow Fireworks 

2019, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 2 mins. 


1978, 16mm, b&w, silent 24fps, 2 mins. 

My Dear Evaporant, 

2022, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 6 mins. 

Pouring Grain

2008, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 3 mins. 

Cheshire Smile 

2012, 16mm, color, sound, 5 mins. 

Maya Double-Bottomed Bowl 

2014, digital, color, sound, 2 mins. 

Vezelay Curtain 

2019, digital, color, sound, 5 mins. 

My Mink (Unowned Luxuries #2)  

2019, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 4 mins. 

Unowned Luxuries #3  

2020, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 2 mins. 


2019, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 3 mins. 

4 Fingers, 5 Toes 

2022, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 11 mins. 

Three-Minute Hells  

2010, 16mm, color, English, 14 mins. 


2009, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 7 mins. 


2022, 16mm, b&w, sound, 3.5 mins. 

Total running time: approx. 77 mins. plus reel breaks 


Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.