"AKRAN" Film Screening with Filmmaker Richard Myers
$7 members + those age 25 & under / $10 non-members
Purchase tickets at the Cinematheque Box Office
The Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art
(11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106)
AKRAN (1969) was the first feature-length film of Massillon, Ohio-born filmmaker Richard Myers. The experimental film garnered significant attention with screenings at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and glowing reviews from high profile film critics like Roger Ebert. The title, AKRAN, is a mash-up of local cities where the film is set (Akron, Cleveland, Kent, and Massillon). Created during Myers's tenure as a filmmaking professor at Kent State University, AKRAN is a "dream-like collage of images of restless youth, landscapes of alienation, the Vietnam War, consumer civilization, and overt racism." It portrays the hopes, fears, and frustrations of a young couple struggling to make it in a corrupt world. A statement about the 1960s, the film unravels in a stream-of-consciousness style that draws inspiration from some of Myers's Dadaist and surrealist heroes.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Richard Myers.