Paul Festa will present his award-winning films Apparition of the Eternal Church and The Glitter Emergency. Apparition captures the confrontation between the music of Olivier Messiaen and thirty-one commentators, including literary critic Harold Bloom, filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell, Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis, Tony-nominated drag artist Justin Bond (“Kiki & Herb”), Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic, and the late harpsichord master Albert Fuller. The Glitter Emergency is at once a screwball-comedy homage to silent film, a mash-up of drag and ballet, and a reinvention of the music video genre for a classical masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s rousing violin concerto.
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Co-sponsored by The Center for Cultural Studies, Film & Digital Media, History of Art and Visual Culture, History of Consciousness, The Institute for Humanities Research, Literature, and Sociology.