This weekend James Nares will be screening a number of his films at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City (32 Second Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets). The Anthology Film Archives provides the following press release for the program:
James Nares is known primarily as a painter. His reputation in film rests mainly with ROME ‘78, NO JAPS AT MY FUNERAL and WAITING FOR THE WIND, three rarely-screened movies he made between 1978 and 1982, when he was associated with what came to be known as the No Wave movement in New York. However, he was making films before that period, and has continued to make them ever since. Presented here is a selection of 34 films (many in brand-new prints) made from 1975 to 2007, only seven of which have ever been screened. All the movies from 1975 and 1976 were missing and presumed lost until a number of them were discovered in deep storage in 2007. Nares has spent the past year revisiting and restoring all this work, and in the case of one, THE LIGHTHOUSE, finishing a movie which had been lying in rough-edit form for 17 years. Program 7, on Thursday, May 22, will be followed by a conversation between Nares and writer Luc Sante (LOW LIFE)!