Nov 8-12, 2018

Heart of a Dog

Directed and Written by Laurie Anderson

Run Time: 75 Mins USA Language: English


Renowned multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson returns with this lyrical and powerfully personal essay film that reflects on the deaths of her beloved dog, her mother, and her husband Lou Reed. Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers who inspire her. Fusing her own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies, and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like visual language out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told — and how we use them to make sense of our lives.

“From a sensory point of view, the film is a pleasure, the images having been manipulated in various ways to evocative effect, Anderson’s voiceovers proving more amusing than not, and the music taking mostly lively turns. But most of all, you leave feeling that Lolabelle was very lucky in her choice of owner.” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

Film Details

USA, 2015 Directed by Laurie Anderson
Written by Laurie Anderson
Cinematography by Laurie Anderson, Toshiaki Ozawa, Joshua Zucker-Pluda Editing by Melody London and Katherine Nolfi
Music by Laurie Anderson
Cast: Julian Schnabel, Jason Berg, Bob Currie, Archie, Etta, Gatto
Running time: 75 mins

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