For 16 days, the 7th American Independent Film Festival will again present Unknown Pleasuresat the Babylon cinema at Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30 in Berlin-Mitte. The festival aspires to screen largely underrepresented U.S. movies, which, however, account for an equally important American cinematography. This is not only because these independent productions often lack budgets exceeding millions of U.S. dollars—and therefore have difficulties competing with regular American films that are being released on a weekly basis—but also because they often challenge established aesthetic and narrative cinematographic conventions.
For the program from January 1 to January 16, 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin supports U.S. filmmaker and Harvard University Professor Alfred Guzzetti as well as Chicago singer and songwriter Willis Earl Beal, who also stars in the film Memphis, which will be screened on Wednesday, January 14, at 19:30 hrs, followed by a question-and-answer period, and again on Friday, January 16, at 19:30 hrs. After the screening on Friday, Willis Earl Beal will also perform at the adjacent Roter Salon at the Volksbühne, Rosa Luxemburg Platz, starting at 22:00 hrs.
The special program in honor of Alfred Guzzetti will include the following screenings, mainly focusing on his autobiographical cycle, each to be followed by a question-and-answer period (except for the repeated program).
Family Portrait Sittings, which premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975, and the 2012-released Time Exposure on January 9, at 19:30 hrs.
Scenes from Childhood (1980) on Saturday, January 10, at 19:30 hrs.
Another set of short films will be screened on Sunday, January 11, at 18:00 hrs
Night Vision and Pictures from a Revolution (1991) on Monday, January 12, at 20:00 hrs.
Family Portrait Sittings and Time Exposure: January 14, at 20:45 hrs,
Night Vision and Pictures from a Revolution: January 15, at 20:45 hrs.
More information on the schedule available at: Schedule