for the Paley Center for Media
a/k/a the Museum of Television & Radio
Television Without Borders: A Tribute to ARTE
Something of a cross between HBO, PBS, and TCM, the French-German cultural channel ARTE was founded in 1992. Most of the programs in this exhibition were new to the US. In planning the series, Ron Simon and I aimed to recreate the experience of tuning in to ARTE for an evening's worth of entertainment; for example, its presentation of "thema," or themed blocks, in which feature films are paired with specially commissioned documentaries—like the two below. The Second Life of Marlene: Unpacking the Dietrich Estate is an exceptionally incisive work about Hollywood in that it eschews the standard approach of talking heads and film clips for a curatorial one: the film recreates the life of Marlene Dietrich through the thousands of possessions she accumulated during her career.
From 2000 to 2009, I was the programmer (with Ron Simon) of the Paley Center's annual documentary festival—a mix of new and noteworthy works of nonfiction and classic-themed retrospectives. As I dig through my clippings, I'll be adding brochures and press for some of my favorite events, screenings, and panels.