Screening: Persistence by Daniel Eisenberg

Film Screening: Persistence by Daniel Eisenberg
With an introduction by the filmmaker
And a presentation by Jeffrey Skoller
Friday, December 2, 2:15 pm at Film Studies Center (Cobb Hall 307)

Event Schedule:

· 2:15-3:15 pm – “Refugees, Remnants, Reanimations: Embodied History, and the Cinema Trace,” Jeffrey Skoller, University of California Berkeley

· 3:15-3:45 pm – Daniel Eisenberg, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Introduction to Persistence
· 3:45-5:00 pm – Screening of Persistence

An award-winning documentary, Persistence is a feature-length experimental portrait of Berlin in the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the cold war. A meditation on the time just after a great historical event, the film explores what is common to such moments, the continuous and discontinuous threads of history.

Daniel Eisenberg has been making films and videos since 1976. His films have been screened throughout Europe, Asia, and North America with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), the American Museum of the Moving Image (New York), the Musée du Cinema, (Brussels), De Unie (Rotterdam) and Kino Arsenal (Berlin). His films have been shown in the Berlin Film Festival; the New York Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the London Film Festival; the Jerusalem Film Festival; Vue Sur Les Docs, Marseilles; and the Whitney Biennial (New York). Eisenberg’s films have won numerous awards, fellowships, and honors. Among these are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; the D.A.A.D. Berliner Künstlerprogramm Fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Eisenberg lives and works in Chicago and is a Professor in the departments of Film/Video/New Media/Animation, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jeffrey Skoller is a writer, filmmaker and has made over a dozen films that have been exhibited in museums, universities and festivals internationally. His research focuses on the theories and aesthetics of historical representation in Avant-Garde film, video, photography and new media. Screenings and exhibitions include: The Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Museum of the Moving Image, NY; JP Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Whitney Museum, NY; P.S. 1, NY; Flaherty Film Seminar, NY; Arsenal Kino, Berlin; Mannheim Film Festival, Germany; The Latin American Film Festival, Havana; National Film Theatre, London. Skoller’s essays and articles on experimental film and video have appeared in numerous books, artist catalogues and in journals including Film Quarterly; Discourse; Afterimage; Animation, Cinematograph, among others. His books are Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film (University of Minnesota Press) and POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg (Blackdog Press). Skoller is currently Associate Professor in Dept of Film and Media at UC Berkeley.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented as part of a workshop entitled “Sites/Traces/Manifestations of Jewish Pasts, Presents, and Futures,” to be held on December 1 and 2. For information about the workshop, see the workshop blog at If you require assistance to participate fully in this event, please contact Christina Heisser at or 773-702-7108.

This event is made possible by the Aronberg Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Office of the Provost.

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