Amy Monaghan, first known to most of us as the cinetrix, is high-tailing it from Boston, where she presented a paper at SCMS, to New York for this afternoon's launch of the new issue of Black Clock, the literary journal edited by novelist Steve Erickson. You've got to love the promo blurb they've written for themselves:
In a movie issue like no other, Black Clock 15 features Geoff Nicholson's meeting of two film pioneers in "Buster Keaton: The Warhol Years," David Thomson's journey up the Amazon with Warren Beatty, and Anthony Miller's history of the cinema — from DW Griffith's adaptation of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises (presenting Louise Brooks as Lady Brett) to Don Siegel's 60s cult B-movie Bonnie and Clyde with Tuesday Weld and Clint Eastwood, to the 2010 Academy Award-winning portrayal by Chris Farley of silent comedic actor Fatty Arbuckle in Milos Forman's The Life of the Party.
Sold. Amy, Erickson and contributors Miller, Rick Moody, Geoffrey O'Brien, Kyra Simone and Lynne Tillman will be at McNally Jackson Books at 4:30 pm.
One more note for this Sunday: Aretha Franklin is 70 today and Yumi Goto's celebrating with a photo gallery at Time. A quick look at the week ahead:
Tuesday. The New Inquiry Magazine launches its second issue, Youth, with a screening of Barry Shear's Wild in the Streets (1968): "Over four decades before 'The 99%,' rock star-turned-President Max Frost told America's youth they were 'The 52%' – a majority that should act like it. In the run up to Occupy Wall Street's declared May 1 general strike, we've assembled a panel to discuss the film, pop music, and revolutionary politics." That panel: Greil Marcus, Sara Marcus, Andrew O'Hehir, Laurie Penny and Cosmo Bjorkenheim.
In London, Close-Up presents a free screening, Józef Robakowski – The Energy Manifesto!, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Wednesday. James Cathcart in the Nashville Scene: "'The film you have just seen was produced for about $2,000,' reads the closing title card for Last Chants for a Slow Dance, writer-director Jon Jost's slow-burning 1977 thriller/road movie. It's a statement that trumpets a fierce, confrontationally noncommercial approach to filmmaking. And it informs almost a half-century of challenging and often deeply personal work by Jost, one of the heroes of American independent cinema, who makes a rare Nashville appearance Wednesday, March 28, at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema."
At the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna, The Dynamic Screen, Cinema 1900 | 2012: Books and Films is an evening that "brings together two new books, eight short films, and four prominent film theorists who will discuss possible links and distinctions between the two periods. The two publications are Dream and Excess, Klaus Kreimeier's magnificent cultural history of early cinema (published jointly in a series by the Film Museum and Zsolnay Verlag), and the new volume from FilmmuseumSynema Publications: Screen Dynamics - Mapping the Borders of Cinema, edited by Gertrud Koch, Volker Pantenburg and Simon Rothöhler."
Thursday. The Austrian Film Museum launches its Alexander Mackendrick series, running through April 11.
The Boston Underground Film Festival opens and runs through April 1.
And the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles hosts a preview of Thomas Demand's 100-second animated film, Pacific Sun, followed by a conversation between Demand, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Michael Fried, author of Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before (2008).
Friday. Antonioni 1912/2012, a one-day conference at NYU, is one of the earliest events marking the centenary of Michelangelo Antonioni's birth (the day itself is September 29).
And Inutile: The Cinema of Carmelo Bene opens at the Harvard Film Archive and runs through April 2.