Friendly Witnesses

The Worlds of Warren Sonbert

October 26-December 17, 2000

Warren Sonbert, an independent filmmaker renowned for his avant-garde, diarist style, began producing films in 1966. Originally inspired by American artists in Andy Warhol's circle, he eventually perfected a unique brand of montage informed by art and industry, news reportage and other contemporary issues. The first major retrospective of Sonbert's work since his death in 1995, this series of film screenings presents a wide selection of newly restored works by Sonbert in tandem with films by some of his influences, including Gerard Malanga, Stan Brakhage and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Warren Sonbert, Whiplash, 1997; courtesy of Ascension Serrano; the estate of Warren Sonbert