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Structuring Strategies Presents Betzy Bromberg

September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Theater


(16mm, 60 min., 2011)

Forces of Desire. (BB)

“Betzy Bromberg’s Voluptuous Sleep is a mesmerizing two-part 16mm meditation on the nuances of light, sound and feeling as evoked through the poetic artifices of cinema. Bromberg’s close-up lens becomes a tool of infinite discovery that reveals as much about our bodily sensations as it does the natural world. Combined with intricate and perfectly matched soundtracks, Voluptuous Sleep is a rapturous, re-centering antidote to the fragmentation of modern life and offers a new experience of cinematic time and memory. It is also an emotional tour de force.” - Steve Anker

AZ IS ( 16mm, 37 min., 1983)

A descent into a desert underworld. A macabre tale of life and lifelessness. (BB)

“In Az Iz, Bromberg builds what might be considered a jazz opera--it's all saxophone riffs, repetition and fragments, but swells to epic proportions, essaying notions of origins and archetypes. The deepest blues highlight the sky behind three people in the mountains, and later, black-and-white images of twisted and torqued trees resonate with all the mystical glory of Being. Az Iz, with its sense of grandeur and beauty, is downright breathtaking, and the effect is sublime.” - Holly Willis, IFilm

Betzy Bromberg
, Director of the Program in Film and Video at California Institute of the Arts, has been making experimental films since 1976. Her newest film, Voluptuous Sleep (2011), premiered at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles and had its festival premiere at the 2011 New York Film Festival: Views From The Avant-Garde. Voluptuous Sleep was listed as one of the Best Films for 2011 in both the New York Times (Manohla Dargis) and Indiewire (Andrea Picard). It recently won the Stan Brakhage award at the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Ms. Bromberg presented both Voluptuous Sleep and a Darkness Swallowed (2005) at the Guggenheim Bilbao (Spain) in November, 2011. Voluptuous Sleep recently screened at the Bradford International Film Festival in the United Kingdom as well as the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI 2012) and CinemaSpace at the Segal Centre of Performing Arts in Montreal as part of Suoni per il Popolo Avant-Garde Music Festival. Ms. Bromberg had a full retrospective of her films at BAFICI in 2007 where she was honored to have her work presented and screened at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) and other theaters. Her previous film, a Darkness Swallowed(2005) screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival as well as the Seoul Film Festival (South Korea), the Athens International Film Festival (Greece), the Bradford International Film Festival (England), the Seattle International Film Festival (Washington), The Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (Spain) and most recently at Ponrepo (Prague, Czech Republic). Ms. Bromberg’s films have shown extensively in museums, cultural venues and festivals within the United States and abroad. Most notably, her work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the San Francisco Cinemateque, the Harvard Film Archives (Cambridge), Anthology Film Archives (New York City), the National Film Theater (London), The Vootrum Centrum (Belgium) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (France). Previous films have shown at the Rotterdam, London, Edinburgh, Sundance and Vancouver Film Festivals. Ms. Bromberg has also had retrospectives of her films at Film Forum (Los Angeles) and the Cinema Project (Portland).

Previous to becoming the Director of the Program in Film and Video California Institute of the Arts, Ms. Bromberg worked in the Hollywood special effects industry for many years as a supervisor and camerawoman for the production of optical effects in major motion pictures.



  • 2011 VOLUPTUOUS SLEEP, 16mm, color/sound, 95min. 
  • 2005 a DARKNESS SWALLOWED, 16mm, color/sound, 78 min. 
  • 1996 DIVINITY GRATIS, 16mm, color/sound, 59 min. 
  • 1988 BODY POLITIC (god melts bad meat), 16mm, color/sound, 40 min. 
  • 1987 TEMPTATION, 16mm, color/sound, 4 min. (Music Video for Tom Waits) 
  • 1983 AZ IZ, 16mm, color/sound, 37 min. 
  • 1981 MARASMUS, 16mm, color/sound, 24 min. (in collaboration with Laura Ewig) 
  • 1980 SOOTHING THE BRUISE,16mm, color/sound, 21 min. 
  • 1979 CIAO BELLA, 16mm, color/sound, 13 min. 
  • 1978 PETIT MAL, 16mm, color/sound, 18 min. 
  • 1977 YOU CAN PRACTICALLY TASTE IT WITH YOUR EYES, Super-8, color/sound, 45 min. (in collaboration with Lauren Abrams) 
  • 1977 SCREAMING SUSAN, Super-8, B/W animation, 3 min. 
  • 1977 TACHYCARDIA, Super-8, hand-processed, color/sound, 80 min.


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