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Robert Beavers’s The Sparrow Dream and Other Films

Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 at 3:30 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

With Robert Beavers in person 

Returning to a New York screen with his first film in nearly four years, Robert Beavers will present the North American premiere of his magisterial The Sparrow Dream. This work will be screened in context with his previous five films, which together have come to comprise a cycle, begun with Pitcher of Colored Light (2007), that varies upon the themes of home, family, time, memory, the unconscious, and, as always, the projective cinematography of the filmmaker. Densely woven films, nearly all made in one of Beavers’s twin homes of Massachusetts and Germany, often directly referencing one another, sharing locations and subjects, personal symbols and motifs, these are some of the most delicately refined and intricately composed late works in the avant-garde canon. 

Pitcher of Colored Light 
Robert Beavers. 2007. U.S. 24 mins. 16mm. 
The Suppliant 
Robert Beavers. 2010. U.S. 5 mins. 16mm. 
Listening to the Space in My Room 
Robert Beavers. 2013. Switzerland/Germany/U.S. 19 mins. 16mm. 
Among the Eucalyptuses 
Robert Beavers. 2017. U.S./Germany. 4 mins. 16mm. 
“Der Klang, die Welt…” 
Robert Beavers. 2018. U.S./Germany. 5 mins. 16mm. New York premiere
The Sparrow Dream 
Robert Beavers. 2022. U.S./Germany. 29 mins. 16mm.  
North American premiere 
Total Running Time: 86 mins. 



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.

About the Filmmaker:

Robert Beavers is an American experimental filmmaker born and raised in Massachusetts and currently residing in Berlin. Beavers attended Deerfield Academy, which he left before graduating to move to New York in 1965 to pursue filmmaking. Next year, he made his first film. Beavers was encouraged by the freedom of the New American Cinema, and in 1967 he relocated to Europe with the filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos. He has made films in Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and the U.S. In 2017, the Austrian Filmmuseum published a collection of essays on his filmmaking.