In Person: Francis Lee


Location: Rear of Aarnun Gallery, 99 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena

Day: Friday


Francis Lee lives in New York City and teaches experimental film and animation at the New York University Graduate Motion Picture School. A painter adn photographer, Francis was one of the early pioneers of the experimental film field. His first three films - 1941, Le Bijou and Idyl - are acknowledged classics of this genre. Writing in The Village Voice on these films, Jonas Mekas commented, 'Their beauty is unique and real, adn their place int he early American avant-garde film is unchallengeable. Of course, they reflect the leading styles and preoccupations in art at that period, and particularly early abstract expressionism and later (American) Surrealism.' [Source: Los Angeles Filmforum Program Notes, 1977]