High Summer Screenings – Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind
August 23 @ 7:00 pm| Free
Over three weeks in August, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Deluge Contemporary Art invites you to a series of films about art and artists. High Summer Screenings offers intimate portraits of Albert Namatjira, Hilma af Klint, Pat Steir, Paula Rego, Joyce Carol Oates and Slave to Sirens (a Lebanese all-female thrash metal band), as well as indigenous Canadian tattoo artists and contemporary musicians from Beirut.
These films are free to the public, presented in the gallery’s comfortable, convivial environment. Doors open at 6:30 for 7pm screenings.
STIG BJÖRKMAN, 2021, SWEDEN, 94 MIN
Joyce Carol Oates is often described as “America’s foremost woman of letters” and her extraordinary talents are recognized around the globe. With words as her constant companion JCO has penned over 100 novels across a variety of genres throughout her award-winning career.
Swedish director Stig Björkman approached JCO with his idea to make a documentary with her for over 9 years before she finally agreed. The movie takes us behind the genius of one of the most-read contemporary writers. The now 83-year-old writer’s life story is one of a changing society. With her work as a navigator the movie takes us back to her childhood and university years. We learn about societal events that affected her deeply and are evident in her writing, like the 1960s riots in Detroit, the tragic Chappaquiddick incident and the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Throughout her life JCO has been an ardent observer of political, social and societal landscapes and changes. JCO gathers inspiration from real events, either her personal experiences or those she culls from the headlines. The ideas evolve through her imagination and take on a new form that reflects the present moment. Her creativity transforms people and events, yet they are always based in reality.
Much of her writing features young girls and women, people of colour, the mistreated and underprivileged. The America depicted in the works of JCO is a mélange of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Most importantly, when reflecting on events, inhabitants and mythologies of the United States her sight is razor sharp and cunning.
Stig Björkman is a Swedish writer, director and film critic. Björkman was the editor of Chaplin (1964–72) and has written a number of books on the art of film and interviews with, among others, Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen and Lars von Trier. As a director he made his debut with the short Letitia (1964) and feature Jag älskar, du älskar (1968). In 1972 he made Georgia, Georgia about Black American singer Georgia Martin and in 1975 the artistic breakthrough Den vita väggen. Björkman has often worked with the writer Sun Axelsson and has also done translations for a wide range of international films into Swedish. After making a number of documentaries about Ingmar Bergman, Björkman was asked, for the 100th anniversary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth, by daughter Isabella Rossellini, to make of a biography of Ingrid Bergman based on her private diaries and films from the family’s private collection. Jag är Ingrid premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where Ingrid Bergman was the festival’s personality of the year.