Blue Velvet: 30th Anniversary Screening

Followed by a conversation between Fred Elmes and Bun B!

Friday, Nov. 11, 9:00 PM, MFAH


Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 PM, MFAH

A Master Class With Frederick Elmes

Sunday, Nov. 13, 4:00 PM, Brandon Gallery at Brasil

Fred ElmesAfter studying fine art photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and earning an MFA in Cinema at NYU, Elmes was offered a fellowship at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles in 1971 and was fortunate to meet and work with two icons of independent cinema – John Cassavetes and David Lynch. These two early influences would inform his work throughout his career. While at AFI, he photographed and created the eerie look of Mr. Lynch’s cult hit Eraserhead and was director of photography on John Cassavetes’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night.

The bizarre and dark wide-screen cinematography of Lynch’s Blue Velvet earned Elmes several accolades, including the Best Cinematography award from the National Society of Film Critics. His next film with Lynch, Wild at Heart, won the top prize (the Palme d’Or) at the Cannes International Film Festival, and brought Elmes his first Independent Spirit Award.

A devotee of natural light, Elmes has collaborated several times prior with Jim Jarmusch: on Night on Earth (for which he won an Independent Spirit Award), Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, and now Paterson, about which Amy Taubin wrote: “gorgeously shot by Frederick Elmes … so much depends on the particular quality of the light that falls on the bed where Paterson wakes up every morning next to Laura… Each morning is the same and different. And rapturous. He has worked four times with Ang Lee, including Ride with the Devil, Hulk, and The Ice Storm, which utilized glass surfaces and mirrors as foreshadowing of the film’s climactic storm. Elmes also has many TV and commercial credits, including several episodes of HBO’s recent series, The Night Of, which inspired critic Rhys Tranter to call Elmes an “artist who not only helps to tell the story, but skillfully brings its themes of light and dark to our eyes.”