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Historic Beckett-Keaton film at SSU


Historic Beckett-Keaton film at SSU

Beckett-Keaton 'Film' Collaboration Documentary 'Notfilm'

samuel beckett examines a piece of filmIn 1964, acclaimed author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short avant-garde film entitled, simply, "Film." Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving aNobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett's canonization. Now, the Sonoma Film Institute (SFI) at Sonoma State University opens its 2016 fall season with the North Bay premiere of "Notfilm," a new documentary on the making of Beckett's only film, on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in Warren Auditorium.

"Film" had been largely forgotten until documentarian and restorationist Ross Lipman decided to explore what brought these two legends into an unlikely collaboration. From that investigation comes "Notfilm," a moving and riveting documentary that examines both men's creative lives, their on-set tension -- Keaton never really figured out what Beckett was trying to accomplish -- and the long, strange shadow their short film left behind. The SFI screening of "Notfilm" will be preceded by "Film."

All film screenings are in Warren Auditorium, located in Ives Hall at Sonoma State University. Suggested ticket donation is $5, parking on campus is $5-$8. For more information visit or call (707) 664-2606.