The Night Visitors with dir. Michael Gitlin (CLOSE UP)

Trailer CLOSE UP Tickets - Starr Cinema


Thursday, March 7 7:30p – Director Michael Gitlin in person.

A love letter to moths, those vibrant and social carriers of meaning. The macro lenses used in this doc allow us to truly appreciate the beauty of these little winged poets. Every shot bursts with color, texture, and detail, so that we may view moths less as perfunctory insects and more as beings that can provide solace and awe.

Since the mid-1980’s, Michael Gitlin’s avant-garde films have delved into nature, mysticism, experimentation, and the reassimilation of narrative. Gitlin’s work has been screened at numerous venues, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Festival, the London Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial Exhibition. His 16mm film, The Birdpeople, is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Gitlin was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. His work has also been supported by a MacDowell Fellowship, as well as by the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Gitlin received an M.F.A. from Bard College. He teaches at Hunter College in New York City.

The resplendent colors of some species like the Rosy Maple Moth are striking to behold on a large canvas. Yet Gitlin’s hardly interested in aping the semiotics of a National Geographic special, openly refuting any anthropological or emotional identification with the insects.” –Journey Into Cinema