Michael Chaiken, curator of the new Bob Dylan Archive, will host a 50th anniversary viewing of “Don’t Look Back,” the classic D.A. Pennebaker film documenting Dylan’s April- May 1965 concert tour in the UK. The film is significant for capturing Dylan on the verge of his contentious break from the folk scene (his famous electric set at the Newport Folk festival July 25, 1965) and already performing deeply personal and poetically visionary non-traditional songs that expanded the expressive possibilities of rock music. Ironically, the film is also significant for framing, and “freezing,” that moment in time, inviting questions of how film itself shapes our understanding of history in modern times.
MICHAEL CHAIKEN is an archivist, film programmer, and the Curator of the Bob Dylan Archive at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His archival work includes the collections of Nicholas Ray, Pennebaker-Hegedus Films and Renata Adler. As a film programmer, he has organized touring retrospectives of the work of Norman Mailer, Luc Moullet, Dick Fontaine, Albert and David Maysles and Pierre Clémenti.
Monday, March 20 at 3:30pm to 6:00pm
Belo Center for New Media (BMC), 2.106
300 DEAN KEETON ST W, Austin, Texas 78712