Screening /
“Double Take,” with Johan Grimonprez, Tom McCarthy, and Jamieson Webster

Date: Friday, 22 April 2011, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

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Please join us for a special screening of Double Take, followed by a discussion between director Johan Grimonprez and writer Tom McCarthy, moderated by Jamieson Webster.

Grimonprez’s film Double Take, whose central monologue was written by McCarthy, combines documentary and fiction to explore the rise of television and the commodification of fear. Focusing on Alfred Hitchcock, the film considers the era’s political and social events through Hitchcock’s fondness for characters meeting their doubles. The legendary director is cast as a paranoid history professor shadowed by an elusive double; the master says all the wrong things at all the wrong times, while politicians on both sides desperately clamor to say the right things.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between Grimonprez and McCarthy, moderated by psychoanalyst Webster.

About the Participants
Belgian filmmaker/artist Johan Grimonprez became known internationally with his first feature Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) after its premiere at Documenta 10. Traveling the main festival circuits from the Berlinale to Sundance, his critically acclaimed films have garnered a number of “best director” awards and have been acquired by NBC Universal, Arte, and Channel 4, among others. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou.

Tom McCarthy is a writer and artist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His first novel, Remainder, won the Believer Book Award 2007 and is currently being adapted for cinema; his second, C was a finalist in the Man Booker Prize 2010. McCarthy is also founder and general secretary of the International Necronautical Society, a semi-fictitious avant-garde network of writers, artists, philosophers, and political activists.

Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York, a postdoctoral fellow at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and adjunct professor at Eugene Lang College. Her first book, The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis, is forthcoming with Karnac Books this year.

This event has been made possible by a generous grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Beer for this event kindly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.