San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Thursday August 22nd, 7:30 pm
2806 Clearwater Street,
LA, CA 90039
$10 ticket price, $7 for students with ID
Frogtown Neighborhood Discount! - $5 for Elysian Valley/Frogtown residents.
My Atlas is a summer event series that pairs films with live travelogues to explore the varied experiences of women travelers.
Vanessa Veselka will speak about the relationship between her own travel experience and representations of women’s travel in cinema and literature. She will be followed by a screening of Agnès Varda's Vagabond.
Vanessa Veselka is the author of the novel Zazen (Red Lemonade, 2011), which won the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, YETI, and Zyzzyva, and her nonfiction in GQ, Salon, The Atlantic, and the American Reader. Her essay about riding in the cab of the 1985 Truck Stop Killer was recently included in Best American Essays of 2013. In addition to being a writer, Vaselka has been a teenage runaway, hitchhiker, train-hopper, and student of paleontology.
Vagabond is Agnès Varda's 1985 film essay about the particular vulnerabilities of women travelers. The film opens with the death of Mona, an anonymous wanderer, and backtracks to follow Mona's journey on the road and her encounters with truckers, farmers, homeless addicts, and a compassionate professor. Mona's personal history and reason for travel remain frustratingly opaque; she is as much a symbol as a character, a drifter who demands nothing from the world and gets nothing in return.
Doors at 7:00pm. Live travelogue will commence at approximately 7:45pm followed by a short Q&A. The film will screen at approximately 8:30pm.
*Bar lovingly provided by elysian.
**Please note this is an outdoor screening.
Special BIG thanks to Machine Project.