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Filmmaker Stanya Kahn in Conversation with Amy Beste


About the Program

Join filmmaker Stanya Kahn for a conversation with The School of the Art Institute’s Director of Public Programs Amy Beste on her film No Go Backs (2020, 33 min.), shot on Super 16mm film with an original sound score and no dialogue. Kahn and Beste engage in a conversation centered on themes of care and its many faces, which are explored in our current exhibition Upkeep. Kahn’s varied and experimental oeuvre brings emotion and wry humor to grand themes. No Go Backs follows two teenagers across the California landscape, as they seem to negotiate a life on their own in the wilderness. Proposing an alternative system of reliance, this poetic film questions the frameworks of caregiving and adolescence.

Co-sponsored by “Conversations at the Edge,” a program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation