Traditionally, the Webster Film Series takes a few weeks off in August (it's the heat, you know), but there's no resisting something as strange and wonderful as the chance to screen Harrod Blank's long-awaited documentary Automorphosis — especially when Mr. Blank himself hosts the screening. So at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday (August 21 through 23), the WFS hosts a rare late-summer film in Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Automorphosis is Blank's exploration of the reasons why people spend their time and money crafting fantastic automobiles. A car artist himself (he built the Camera Van, a 1972 van covered with hundreds of cameras, ten of which worked), Blank relates his own story of auto-obsession with those of famed spoonbender Uri Geller (owner of the fork-and-spoon-covered "Peace Car") and the less well-known Howard Davis, who drives a Volkswagen Beetle custom built to look like a 1970s-era desk phone — and yes, it has a phone mounted inside it. Tickets for each screening are $5 to $6, and Blank answers questions all three nights.
Aug. 21-23, 2009