From The Third Eye editor, Ed Halter, will introduce the classic film Mr. Freedom and sign copies of the book.
ED HALTER is a critic and curator living in New York City. He is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, the Believer, Bookforum, Cinema Scope, frieze, Little Joe, Mousse, Rhizome, Triple Canopy, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. His book From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games was published in 2006, and he is a 2009 recipient of the Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. From 1995 to 2005, Halter programmed and oversaw the New York Underground Film Festival. He has curated screenings and exhibitions at Artists Space, BAM, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the ICA in London, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and Tate Modern, as well as the cinema component of Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1, and the film and video program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. He teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts department at Bard College and is currently writing a critical history of contemporary experimental cinema in America.
About Mr. Freedom: A riot of pop-art comic strip visuals, Klein’s spy movie satire squarely takes aim at U.S. Imperialism incarnate, as its hulking titular superhero (John Abbey) arrives in Paris on a mission to defeat the Communist menace, aided by seductive French operative Delphine Seyrig. Featuring Donald Pleasance, Serge Gainsbourg, and an uncredited Yves Montand as Capitaine Formidable. “Conceivably the most anti-American movie ever made.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum