Apichatpong Weerasethakul presents Bruce Baillie’s film Quick Billy (1967-70), followed by a discussion exploring Baillie’s influence on Weerasethakul’s work. Quick Billy is both a “horse opera in four reels” and a visual translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Offered as autobiography communicated through landscape (“I considered Quick Billy a kind of interior documentary,” says Weerasethakul), the film features Baillie himself as the titular gunslinger in the sepia-toned mini-Western that concludes the film. This screening and discussion is presented as part of the exhibition “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive.”

Bruce Baillie is an experimental filmmaker and founding member of Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. In 1961, Baillie, along with Chick Strand and others, founded San Francisco Cinematheque. His film Castro Street (1966) was selected in 1992 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Apichatpong Weerasethakul has acknowledged Baillie’s celebrated use of light as a major influence upon his own use of darkness.

“Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive” will be the first New York exhibition devoted to the work of the internationally acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Primitive (2009)—which is having its American debut at the New Museum—is his most ambitious project to date: a multi-platform work consisting of an installation of seven videos and related pieces.

Part two of this program continues on Friday, May 27, at 9 p.m. at Anthology Film Archives.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 7:00 PM

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