Things Ricky Forgot to Teach But Somehow I Learned Them Anyway – Films from Mary Jane Doherty
Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Director: Mary Jane Doherty
Program Details: GRAVITY, 40 minutes, 1985, USA, b/w, 16mm to digital + two other short works by the filmmaker
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Director Mary Jane Doherty will attend in person for discussion.
About the Film:
It’s the early 1980s, the final days of MIT’s notorious Film/Video Section. Famous filmmaker Ricky Leacock was in no mood to teach. And his graduate student, Mary Jane, had no idea how to learn. Yet something happened, some transaction between the two that only now, decades later, can be expressed in words.
This evening we look at how inspiration works, in its most mysterious form. Mary Jane will screen her “Science” Documentary, GRAVITY (1985, 40 minutes, b/w, 16mm to digital), featuring soon-to-be-Nobel Laureate Dr. Rainer Weiss, and bookend this main screening with her first short film, THREE FISH, and a clip from SONIC BOOM BOOM, a brand new work-in-progress. We’ll see lessons learned – from the inane to the sublime – by one filmmaker who deeply reveres another.
About the Filmmaker:
Mary Jane Doherty, a two-time finalist for the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, teaches film production courses including her innovative approach to the NARRATIVE DOCUMENTARY. She trained at MIT, where she produced GRAVITY, a film about experimental astrophysicists, then freelanced for Northern Light Productions, Blackside, and VIDA Health Inc.
Professor Doherty emerged as a filmmaker in her own right with two feature films following children growing up within the Cuban Ballet System: SECUNDARIA (2013) and PRIMARIA (2016), both traveling the international festival circuit.
Now, she is filming a series about the Boston Children’s Chorus and the mystery of the sound.