THE HANDS OF GOD
dir. Alyson Levy, 2003
22 min, USA
dir. Sergei Dvortsevoy, 1999
57 min, Kazakhstan
In Kazakh with English subtitles
Clips from WONDER SHOWZEN
dir. PFFR, 2005-2007
~20 min, USA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 – 7:30 PM w/Alyson Levy in person for Q&A!
(This event is $10.)
Circa 2003, THE HANDS OF GOD was devised by Alyson Levy and PFFR after coming across an advert for a Christian Puppetry Conference and receiving permission to film. Its zero frills situate its affect uncomfortably between dead-pan and reverent. At 22 minutes, it’s a concise and bittersweet portrait of the edges of art and faith.
Screening alongside are a selection of segments from MTV2’s WONDER SHOWZEN (2005-2007), the much-loved, frenetic parody of children’s educational shows, which was being developed by the group at roughly the same time, and HIGHWAY, Sergei Dvortsevoy’s contemplative study of a traveling family circus as they traverse post-Soviet Kazakhstan, an influence on Levy.
Alyson Levy is a member of the art collective / TV production company PFFR. For the collective, she wrote and produced TV series such as XAVIER: RENEGADE ANGEL (2007-2009) and THE HEART, SHE HOLLER (2011-2014). Levy will be in attendance to discuss the works.