FotoFest 2010: "An American Journey"

Filmmaker Philippe Séclier follows in photographer Robert Frank's footsteps

In 1955, the Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank set out on a series of road trips and snapped photographs of Americans in Florida, New Orleans, Utah, Montana and other states. He went on to capture 28,000 images, but published only 83 in The Americans, which quickly established itself as part of the Beat Generation canon. Fifty years later, French filmmaker Philippe Séclier took his camera - albeit one that shot digital video - and attempted to follow in Frank's tracks. The result is the documentary film An American Journey, screening this week at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of the ongoing FotoFest Biennial. The hour-long film, in French with subtitles, follows Séclier on a 15,000-mile odyssey as he looks for insight into Frank's own process and findings, but also creates his own portrait of modern-day America. 1 p.m. Thursday, 1 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Thu., April 15, 1 p.m.; Fri., April 16, 1 & 7 p.m.; Sat., April 17, 1 p.m.; Sun., April 18, 1 p.m., 2010
 
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