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Part of SFFILM Festival

Circumstantial Pleasures

Directed by Lewis Klahr

USA | New Visions | 65

12 Apr
Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm
BAMPFA 2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
13 Apr
Mon, Apr 13 at 6:00 pm
Roxie Theater


Political figures, the body, drugs, and money represent just some of the exquisitely choreographed images in the newest, and perhaps most anxious, cycle from prolific collage animator Lewis Klahr (Sixty Six, Festival 2016). Six short films from varying years are assembled together, culminating in a profound and substantial experience. Accompanied by eerie and affective music, including the distinct and moving voice of the late avant-garde musician Scott Walker, Circumstantial Pleasures is both familiar and new, a true masterpiece of collective unease.

Director Lewis Klahr

Deemed “the reigning proponent of cut and paste” by critic J. Hoberman, Lewis Klahr has made collage films since 1977. His work has screened throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Commercially, he’s created special effects and animation for TV shows, music videos, and feature-length movies. Based in LA, Klahr teaches at California Institute of the Arts.

Filmmaker Profile


Film Details

Language No Dialogue

Year 2019

Runtime 65

Country USA

Director Lewis Klahr

Producer Lewis Klahr

Editor Lewis Klahr

Cinematographer Lewis Klahr

Music David Rosenboom, Tom Recchion, Scott Walker