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April 9 @ 6:00 pm

Playing in the CCA Cinema

Part of CCA’s monthly Closer Looks film discussion series

Wanda (directed by Barbara Loden, United States, 1970, 103 min)

Presented with an introduction by CCA Cinema Director Justin Clifford Rhody

and a post-screening panel discussion by Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain, Abigail Smith, and Luna Galassini.

“With her first and only feature film—a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in—Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. An until now difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.” -Criterion

About the panelists:

Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, and educator born, raised, and currently based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work explores identity, history, Indigenous Futurism, feminism, ghosts, magic, and her mixed Native American and Jewish heritage through lens based media and installations. She is a Mandel Institute Cultural Leadership Fellow, and has received support for her work from the Sundance Institute, Mike Kelley Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Cousin Collective and more. She has exhibited her work in venues and festivals around the world. She holds a BA from Hampshire College, and a dual MFA in Film & Video and Photography & Media from CalArts.

Abigail Smith is a collage artist, field recordist, and experimental filmmaker. Her work has been exhibited internationally at festivals including IndieLisboa, Saigon Experimental Film Festival, Analogica, and Other Cinema. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Indiana university and works at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Smith is a co-founder of No Name Cinema and performs flute and percussion in free-improv and expanded cinema ensembles.

Luna Galassini is a musician and filmmaker. Her performances and videos are informed by somatic practices, folk and rural histories, and the local ecology of New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited at No Name Cinema, Currents 826, REDCAT, The Box Gallery Los Angeles, and Visual Studies Workshop. She co-organizes the experimental concert series Santa Fe Noise Ordinance and lives in the rural village of Truchas.

Wanda was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.

Director/writer: Barbara Loden
Features: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes
Run time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Film: Crime, Drama
Language: English

Closer Looks is an in-depth cinema series curated by CCA Cinema Director and Co-Founder of No Name Cinema Justin Clifford Rhody, the award-winning filmmaker and editor Paul Barnes, and film critic and writer David N. Meyer. The series showcases a broad range of eras, regions, and subjects, all unified by their integral contribution to the history of cinema as an art form. Each film screening is followed by an in-depth overview and audience conversation by the presenters to contextualize and explore the importance of the evening’s film.


Note: Tickets are only $3.00 for EBT cardholders

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