The End is Nigh: Destruction in (and on) Film

Join us in the Film-Makers' Cooperative screening room for a special series of films curated by Julia Curl.

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From the seemingly dire perspective of our present moment, this hourlong program looks back at the ways in which destruction has been depicted—and predicted—in avant-garde film. These works explore not only the annihilation of the human body, but also the destruction of the medium itself; these films have been burned, scratched, degraded, even buried in a landfill, revealing the destruction which exists beneath the surface of the American way of life.

~ Julia Curl



1. Melting (Thom Andersen, 1965, 6 min)

2. Landfill 16 (Jennifer Reeves, 2011, 9 min)

3. The Color of Love (Peggy Ahwesh, 1994, 10 min)

4. Trap Dance (Storm De Hirsch, 1968, 2 min)

5. Your Chance to Live: Earthwatch (U.S. Defence Civil Preparedness Agency, Washington, D.C., 1972, 13 min)

6. 3rd Degree (Paul Sharits, 1982, 24 min)


64 min total run time. Image from Melting by Thom Andersen