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Elisabeth Subrin: Maria Schneider, 1983 and Shulie
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. CT

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

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In her acclaimed “speculative biographies,” filmmaker and SAIC alum Elisabeth Subrin (MFA 1995) explores the absences and erasures of women’s lives in the historic record. She presents two works, produced 26 years apart, that use reenactment to express the ways we continue to live with, in Subrin’s words, “the residues of the past.” Featuring Maria Schneider, 1983 (2022), named Best Documentary Short Film at the 2023 César Awards, and Shulie (1997).

Presented in partnership with the Video Data Bank.


Elisabeth Subrin is a New York–based award-winning director and artist. Her critically acclaimed films and video installations have been featured in numerous festivals and exhibitions internationally, including solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Film at Lincoln Center, New York; and the 2020 Viennale, Vienna. Subrin’s 2016 award-winning feature narrative, A Woman, a Part, premiered in competition at the International Rotterdam Film Festival and traveled to festivals throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. It was released theatrically in 2017. Subrin's The Listening Takes, her 2023 multi-channel video, sound, and sculptural installation, will open May 26, 2024 at Participant, INC in New York. Subrin is currently developing a feature-length biopic about Maria Schneider.

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Minor Archives: A Conversation with Elisabeth Subrin [Interview]
Darms, Lisa | LA Review of Books | November 30, 2023

Elisabeth Subrin [Article]
Jones, Kristin | Frieze | June 1, 2011


Packing History, Count(er)ing Generations [Article]
Freeman, Elizabeth | New Literary History, vol. 31 (4) | p.727-744 | 2000
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On Listening, Talking, and Silence: Reenactment as Feminist Praxis in Maria Schneider, 1983 and My Name Is Andrea [Article]
Herzog, Amy | Film Quarterly, vol. 77 (1) | p.13-24 | 2023
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To Make Time Appear [Article]
Reckitt, Helena | Art Journal, vol. 70 (3) | p.58-63 | 2011
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Recreating a Feminist Revolutionary [Article]
Brody, Richard | New Yorker | April 10, 2015

“Maria Was Saying Things in 1983 That Were Not Addressed by Actresses Until Decades Later”: Elisabeth Subrin on Her Cannes-Premiering Short, Maria Schneider, 1983 [Interview]
Hunt-Ehrlich, Madeleine | Filmmaker Magazine | May 26, 2022

Echoes of the Original: On the Task of Translating Maria Schneider [Interview]
Bonner, Hannah | LA Review of Books | November 9, 2023

Elisabeth Subrin Grapples with Generations of Sexism, Power Imbalances in Cinema and Culture [Article]
Art Daily | February 9, 2023

Reclaiming Agency Over Trauma: Elisabeth Subrin [Article]
Shearer, Jessica | Hyperallergic | May 15, 2023


Trashing “Shulie”: Remnants from Some Abandoned Feminist History [Chapter]
Subrin, Elisabeth | F is For Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth's Undoing | 2006
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Women Art Revolution [Article]
Subrin, Elisabeth | Film Comment, vol. 47 (3) | p.65-66 | 2011
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Conversations at the Edge Lecture Recordings
Conversation at the Edge video recordings (2016–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.