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Exciterbulb is the Screen Studies program's ongoing avant-garde film series. Past themes for Exciterbulb programming have included queer cinema pioneers (the Kuchar brothers, Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, Cheryl Dunye, Marlon Riggs) and French Modernism of the '20s and '30s (Jean Cocteau, Germaine Dulac, Jean Vigo). When possible, we attempt to program 16mm prints to be screened, and have also hosted filmmakers to speak about their work.


Screenings are always free and open to the public. 


Spring 2023 Schedule

All screenings begin at 6 p.m., in Noble Research Center, Room 107.


February 23 – Kahlil Joseph

Featuring a selected program of short films and music videos by visual artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, whose work focuses on the Black experience. Joseph has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Shabazz Palaces, and other notable artists.


March 9 – *Corpus Callosum (dir. Michael Snow, 2002)

Following the death of acclaimed experimental filmmaker Michael Snow in late 2022, Exciterbulb presents his 2002 feature film. The title refers to the region of the brain that allows communication between its two hemispheres, and accordingly, the film comprises a non-narrative exploration of the passage between the factual and fictional, the natural and artificial.


April 6 – Kevin Jerome Everson

Like Kahlil Joseph, Everson has been recognized as one of the significant experimental filmmakers of the contemporary moment, and his work is dedicated to the aesthetic examination of Black lives. This program will feature a selected program of shorts from Everson’s filmography.


May 4 – Rameau’s Nephew (dir. Michael Snow, 1974)

A monumental film, spanning 270 minutes, Snow’s experimental work is an artistic examination of the sound film as it explores what sound-image relations cinema makes possible. Its complete title is Rameau’s Nephew by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen, and Snow has described the work as “an authentic ‘talking picture’” in which “a word is worth 1000 pictures.”

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