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Amy Halpern Program 3: Plausible Light Sources

Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 at 5:30 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: 


1982, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 2 mins. 

Roll #1 for Nancy  

1972, 16mm, color, silent 18fps, 5 mins. 

Three Preparations  

1972, 16mm, color, silent 18fps, 6 mins. 

Cigarette Burn  

1978, 16mm, b&w, sound, 8 mins. 

Self-Portrait as a City  

1977, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 5 mins. 

Plausible Light Source 

1976, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 1 mins. 

Ginko Yellow 

2022, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 5 mins. 

Fire Belly 

2021, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 3 mins. 

Cuticle Torture  

1981, 16mm, b&w, silent 24fps, 2 mins. 

Palm Down 

2010, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 6 mins. 

Newt Leaders  

2020, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 5 mins. 

By Halves 

2010, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 7 mins. 

Injury on a Theme 

2010, 16mm, color, sound, 7 mins. 

Verge (for my sisters) 

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

Birds in the Window 

2020, dir. Amy Halpern & David Lebrun, digital, color, sound, 9 mins. 

Total running time: approx. 74 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.