DeeDee Halleck: Screening and conversation

DeeDee Halleck: Screening and conversation

DeeDee Halleck, Bronx Baptism (still) 1982.

DeeDee Halleck: Screening and conversation

Admission starts at $5

January 14, 2023, 5pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Saturday, January 14 at 5pm for a screening of a selection of DeeDee Halleck’s films, followed by an in-person conversation with the artist. 

An artist, filmmaker, and one of the original founders of Paper Tiger Television, DeeDee Halleck is an innovator in documentary, video art, and public access television. In collaboration with renowned American artists, Halleck has produced a unique body of work that reflects on art, academics, politics, performance, and live television. In this screening we are presenting a selection of Halleck’s rarely screened early portrait films and recordings of performances that have been recognized for being on the cutting edge of experimental documentary. As Halleck puts it, “It is one thing to critique the mass media and rail against their abuses. It is quite another to create viable alternatives.” 

The screening is part of Revisiting Feminist Moving Image, a series at e-flux Screening Room aimed at revisiting the origins, contexts, developments, and impact of feminist video art and experimental cinema around the world from the 1960s through the present.


Mr. Story (made with Anita Thatcher, 1969, 27 minutes) is a portrait of an 88-year-old neighbor who canes chairs and ruminates on women and morality. 

Jaraslawa (1971, 10 minutes) is a film about a Ukrainian woman who was an ardent supporter of the Soviet Union. She bakes pirogi and speaks of her life. Music by the Penny Whistlers.

Dream of the Dirty Woman (1975, 13 minutes) is a performance by Margo Lee Sherman, Christian DuPavillon, and Kenny Eisenstat based on a dream that Elka Schumann had about the French Revolution. Originally filmed in 16mm in Glover Vermont. The digital version was edited recently by DeeDee Halleck and Mary Feaster. 

Bronx Baptism (1982, 30 minutes) is a film about a church in the South Bronx. Begun as a landscape film about the destruction of the Bronx in the 1970s, it morphs into a lyrical view of a baptism that evokes Renaissance painting. Camera: Richard Serra, DeeDee Halleck, and Babette Mangolte.

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Film, Performance, Feminism, Avant-Garde
Video Art, Experimental Film, Documentary

DeeDee Halleck is a media activist and filmmaker. She has been a leading figure in the media democracy movement for more than four decades, working to promote alternative and independent film and media production and distribution as a means of promoting social change. In collaboration with a number of known artists, including Joan Jonas, Jean DuPuy, David Tudor, Liza Bear, Richard Serra, Nancy Holt, David Behrman, Roberta Nieman, the Videofreex, Mary Frank, Reverend Billy, Morag Benepe, Ed Sanders, and Tuli Kupferberg among others, Halleck has produced and directed numerous documentary films that explore the intersection of media, power, and social justice. Apart from her work as a filmmaker, Halleck has been an educator and mentor to countless aspiring media makers, sharing her knowledge and experience through workshops, lectures, and other educational programs. In 1981, Halleck co-founded and organized Paper Tiger Television, a collective producing a weekly cable series. This project changed the way communities utilized the resource of public access. By contrast to network television, Paper Tiger inspired artists, local filmmakers, and activists to invent quick and easy, down and dirty content specifically designed for low budget local channels. Paper Tiger has created over 400 half-hour programs, which have been shown locally and at film festivals, media conferences, and art venues around the world. Halleck is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego.

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