Center for Visual Music and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, will present a Cecile Starr Tribute Celebration on Thursday, October 1, 6 pm, at Lincoln Center, New York. As a writer, educator, scholar, and film distributor, Cecile Starr (1921-2014) was a tireless champion of experimental animation and independent cinema, firmly dedicated to the belief that film was an art form. This tribute event salutes her life and work, with films by Bute, Fischinger, Lye, Richter, Spinello and others Cecile promoted, video footage of Cecile, short testimonials by colleagues, family and friends (including ASIFA-East’s Howard Beckerman), plus a new tribute film made for the event by Devon Damonte. Please join us in celebrating this remarkable woman’s life. Organized in association with Cecile’s family.
Reservations may be made online at http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2015/10/01/silent-clowns-film-series-cecile-starr-tribute-celebration
–Kit Smyth Basquin, PhD, Art Historian and author of forthcoming biography of pioneer experimental filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute;
–Drake Stutesman, Writer and Professor, representing The New York Women in Film and Television Archive and The Women’s FIlm Preservation Fund;
–Cindy Keefer, Curator and Archivist, and Director of Center for Visual Music, an archive devoted to Experimental Animation;
–Howard Beckerman, Animation Professor, representing ASIFA-East.
–Suzanne Boyajian, daughter of Cecile Starr
Image courtesy Boyajian family and Center for Visual Music.