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Transfigurations: Tlatilco Figurines animation premiere

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 released!

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.


Proteus re-mastered and now available for rent, streaming and download!

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 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


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

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.

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