In these days of big-budget superhero slug-fests, films are usually loud, noisy affairs. The Menil Collection aims to celebrate quiet films with its new cinema series The Sounds of Silence. Each short work uses either no sound or sparse occasional sound in odd or arbitrary ways. The series opens with the highly acclaimed short experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon. Shot in 1943 by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, it follows a circular, maddening narrative steeped in surrealism about the nature of dreams, death and reality. It will be presented in its original scoreless version. Threnody by Nathaniel Dorsky, who uses his silent films as a means to portray the limitless conscious of Buddhist enlightenment, will also be screened, as well as works by Stan Brakhage, Nam June Paik, Steve Roden and Barry Spinello. There’s an opening reception at 6 p.m. September 10 with video curator Steve Seid.
Mondays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 10. Continues through Sept. 24, 2012