45 Paleolithic Handaxes, an animation from the immersive exhibition project Transfigurations: Reanimating the Past, premieres at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, September 2021 – July 2022. Presented on a large 4K screen, and with a score by Yuval Ron, the installation allows visitors to experience these ancient artifacts in a unique and powerful way.
REDCAT Theatre at Disney Hall is hosting an evening of David Lebrun short films on Friday, December 13, 2019. Most of the films are world premieres, including from David’s new immersive exhibition project Transfigurations. Here’s a link for info and tickets:
The Hog Farm Movie, filmed by David Lebrun in 1968 is finally released on iTunes! Check out the review in High Times magazine: “An assemblage of nonlinear storytelling, the film is equal parts historical record, home movie, and surrealist fantasy…”
Originally filmed on 16mm, it has been fully restored in digital HD.
The Riverside Art Museum hosts the premiere of our Tlatilco figurines animation in conjunction with their exhibition Uncovering Ancient Mexico. The animation, juxtaposed with actual ceramic objects on loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will be on display from February to December 2018.
Out of the Maya Tombs is now available from Documentary Educational Resources. This institutionally licensed 2-DVD package includes the 96 min. director’s cut and an abridged 54 min. version. Also exclusively in this set are 9 bonus short films including a look at the remarkable and often dangerous career of explorer Ian Graham, the story from smuggler Lee Moore of looting a temple facade, and the complexities faced by curators in addressing UNESCO accords.
Re-mastered from 35mm, Proteus is now available in HD for rent, streaming and download! Proteus explores the 19th century’s engagement with the undersea world through technology, painting, poetry and myth. The central figure is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art. His work influenced art nouveau and surrealism, Freud, Lenin and Edison.
Tanka restored & now on DVD/streaming/download!
Tanka, an animated journey through the image world of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, is now available on DVD, download and streaming. Photographed from Tibetan scroll paintings of the 16th – 19th centuries, this 1976 film is a cyclical vision of ancient gods and demons. Digitally restored from 16mm master. Available now at NightFireFilms.org/films/store
2015 wrap up – a great year of screenings!
(Photo from screening/panel discussion at the Getty Center: Claire Lyons, J. Paul Getty Museum; David Lebrun, Night Fire Films;
Sofía Paredes Maury, La Ruta Maya Foundation; Kevin Terraciano, UCLA; Matthew Robb, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Dance of the Maize God screened at over a dozen festivals, museums and universities around the world in 2015 including at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Royal Anthropological Institute in the UK, and the International Film Festival of Archaeology in Nyon, Switzerland. For more information, go to the Screenings page.
Rare Linda Schele interview clips to be presented at Cal State LA symposium
David Lebrun will present never before seen excerpts from his interview with Linda Schele, filmed in 1997 for Breaking the Maya Code, at the Mesoamerican Symposium at California State University Los Angeles on April 10, 2015.
The 2-day symposium is devoted to the life and work of Maya scholar Linda Schele and will feature speakers from around the world.