DISPATCH - OCT 10, 2013


In conjunction with this week's 21st edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Watermill Center is offering a film series of its own. The Watermill Center Film Series features three screenings plus discussions on the films. Programs will be held from Friday through Sunday at a variety of venues. Screenings include the films "Absolute Wilson" and "Sunshine Superman."

The series kicks off with the Festival screening in East Hampton on Friday of "Absolute Wilson," a documentary about Watermill Center founder and artistic director Robert Wilson. Offered as part of a partnership between the Watermill Center and the Hamptons International Film Festival, the film will be screened at UA East Hampton Cinema 6 on Friday at 4:15 p.m.

On Saturday, October 12, 2013 the series continues with an encore screening of "Absolute Wilson" at the Watermill Center at 4 p.m. The screening is immediately followed at 6 p.m. with a conversation about the making of the film with the film's director, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, and the executive director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Dr. Frank Hentschker.

The weekend series concludes with a screening at the Parrish Art Museum on Sunday at 3 p.m. of Richard Rutkowski's short documentary "Sunshine Superman." The film centers on artist Christopher Knowles, a principal collaborator with Robert Wilson.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between Knowles and dramaturg Lauren DiGiulio about the artist's challenges and success, as well as such upcoming projects including a performance at The Louvre in Paris.

"Absolute Wilson" offers an intimate portrait of the life and creative efforts of avant garde stage director Robert Wilson that moves between past and present. Filmmaker Katharina Otto-Bernstein followed Wilson around the globe for six years to capture unique footage and candid interviews with Wilson and an array of collaborators, contemporaries and critics, including Philip Glass, David Byrne, Tom Waits, and the late Susan Sontag.

"Sunshine Superman" tells the story of artist Christopher Knowles through the eyes of director Richard Rutkowski, his friend and collaborator. The two men met in 1985 when Rutkowski was first at Harvard and Knowles was 27, and they immediately began to collaborate on stage and film projects.

Working with Knowles, who was already collaborating with Robert Wilson, Rutkowski set out to explore the mind and creative impulses of the introverted young man whose autism was overshadowed by a genius for patterns and numbers and a phenomenal memory.


"Absolute Wilson"
Friday, October 11; 4:15 p.m.
UA East Hampton Cinema 6
30 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937

"Absolute Wilson"
Saturday, October 12;
Screening 4 to 6 p.m. ; discussion 6 to 8 p.m.
Watermill Center
39 Water Mill Towd Road
Water Mill, NY 11976

"Sunshine Superman"
Sunday, October 13;
Screening at 3 p.m.; discussion follows
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976


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