Week of January 14, 2004

In the Mirror of Maya Deren (unrated) Martina Kudlácek. Through informative and candid interviews with friends and colleagues as they revisit her pioneering experimental films, In the Mirror of Maya Deren chronologically charts the landmark events in Deren's life (1917-1961). To capture the artist so enormously influential in shaping the American avant-garde cinema, director Martina Kudlácek integrates film clips, reminiscences and Deren's own recorded commentary on her works' theoretical underpinnings. Anthology Film Archives director Jonas Mekas lovingly displays coffee tins found with precious outtakes; a vibrant Katherine Dunham comments on Deren's early days in her dance troupe. First husband Alexander Hammid, Cinema 16's Amos Vogel, the Living Theatre's Judith Malina and significant others add insight into Deren's unique work and unusual behavior. Deren's life-altering experiences in Haiti and her interest in voodoo receive substantive discussion with accompanying clips from the copious footage shot but never fashioned into a completed film. In the Mirror of Maya Deren complements this memorable talent with its own fascinating flow of thoughts and images. Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, January 16, through Sunday, January 18, in the Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue. Call 314-968-7487 for more information. (Diane Carson)