A film nearly 15 years in the making, Alligator-Horses is an epic documentary film about 1830s America and the lesser known events from the period that continue to influence our national identity today.
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Don’t miss the premiere which, in addition to a film screening, features a public discussion with the filmmakers, Brian Huberman and Ed Hugetz, and interviewees from the film: author David Shields and scholar Carroll Smith-Rosenberg.
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Film poster designed by Carlos Hernandez
Film screening & reception: 6:00 p.m., March 21, 2014 @ Rice Media Center
Conference: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., March 22, 2014 (same location)
All events are free and open to the public.
Join us for the premiere of Alligator-Horses at Rice Media Center on Friday, March 21, 2014 (6-10pm). The film screening will be followed by a reception. And on Saturday, March 22 (9am-4pm), invited scholars and members of Rice faculty will discuss the film.
Alligator-Horses is a documentary about the so-called raunchy youth of 1830s America viewed through the lens of the first decade of the twenty-first century. Materials used to evoke our perspective of the time period include Penny Press newspapers, Davy Crockett Almanacs, Blackface minstrel songs and a cast of contemporary scholars including Rice Faculty and students. The three-hour documentary is structured around famous and lesser-known events, including King Phillip’s War, Davy Crockett’s tour of the northeast, the murder of New York prostitute Helen Jewett, Jim Crow at the Bowery Theater and the Anti-Abolition riots of 1834.
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Brian will show excerpts from his film Geronimo‘s Country (still in progress) at this upcoming art installation. If you’re in Austin in November, hope you’ll get a chance to stop in and see it. Full show details below:
November 16-17 & 23-24; East Austin Studio Tour 2013
“Geronimo is out!” is a ceramic sculpture work in two parts presented by Cynthia Ann Lost Howling Wolf at Big Medium’s 12th East Austin Studio Tour.
Part one, “The Last Hold Out Band,” is a stoneware collection of twenty-one individual figures (detail, shown above) representing Geronimo and his Chiricahua Apaches following their surrender to the US Army in 1886.
Part two, “Skull-duggery”, includes more than thirty raku and pit fired skulls and masks as a reminder of the theft of Geronimo’s remains by the Yale University-based Skull & Bones Society.
Cynthia Ann Lost Howling Wolf, artist/sculptor
Cynthia Ann Lost Howling Wolf is a Yaqui/Apache Indian artist based in Texas. “Geronimo” is the culmination of several years reflecting on the Apaches and the themes of captivity and loss.
“Geronimo is out!’ will be exhibited November 16-17 and November 23-24 at Cobra Studios, 902 Gardner Road, unit #14, Austin, Texas. Part of the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST). Visit the tour website at: eastaustinstudiotour.com
Contact the artist at email@example.com
Above: Photo taken in Houston, TX, 2003 or 2004. Pose inspired by a photo of the outlaws Jesse & Frank James although I think Doc Holiday a better fit for McEvilley. Like the famous dentist/sportin’ man, McEvilley never compromised his life style and like Holiday he died in bed…no bullets in his back.
A lot of fuss. Many words to remind us of a man of words. McEvilley’s dead but it’s the man I’m remembering, not the words.
Tuesday nights teaching class at Rice. Art & the Mind. Always late. Coffee cups (two of them) loaded. Slide trays jamming. It’s the history of everything he whispered. It was and is because I filmed all his lectures. Forty-two hours of talking, drinking and challenging his audience to join his fierce quest on the edge. “Is this our glory or is it our doom?” he says finally about western civilization. The cups are empty, the lights are dim, the work is done.
[Below, a montage of footage originally composed as a tribute in honor of Thomas McEvilley's retirement from teaching at Rice University. Film by Brian Huberman.]
Mc-Evil Eye from Brian Huberman on Vimeo.
The filmmaker tries his hand at textile design
These bandanas (26 x 26 in.) are designed by Brian and screen-printed professionally by Black Swan Screen Printers in Houston.
Design inspired by this photo.
The bandanas are for sale, $10 each.
To order, use the PayPal button below and follow the instructions for payment from there. We will ship the bandana(s) as promptly as possible.
Update [December 9, 2013]: The first edition chiricahua apache bandana bandanas are completely sold out! Thanks to all who expressed interest in the project and purchased one. Brian is considering doing another edition in the future, but has to prioritize finishing the latest film first! We’ll keep you posted on the blog.
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