It City Problems: Robert Beavers vs. Dan Sallitt

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Maybe this awesome Third Man screenprint by Jay Shaw will tilt the balance.
  • Maybe this awesome Third Man screenprint by Jay Shaw will tilt the balance.
Oh, my head hurts. Not since Stereolab and Sleater-Kinney played their first local shows at different clubs on the same goddamn night — May 30, 2000 — has a worse scheduling conflict emerged. Blame our newfound status as a destination city where a lot of cool stuff is happening, I guess, but tomorrow night, Thursday, March 21, presents one painful choice for film fanatics.

At 7 p.m. at Third Man Records, the new Light and Sound Machine film series is offering one of 2012's most acclaimed releases not to play Nashville: The Unspeakable Act, a character study of siblings with a somewhat incestuous bond by director and revered film critic Dan Sallitt. Bilge Ebiri has a terrific review in tomorrow's Scene that may help tip the scale, especially since this is the movie's first and only Nashville screening.

But wait! At 7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema, as part of the "International Lens" series, legendary experimental filmmaker Robert Beavers will attend a rarer-than-rare screening of his work outside its usual venue: a pastoral outdoor screening area in Greece. Also in tomorrow's Scene, in an equally persuasive piece, Michael Sicinski makes the case why this is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime event.

So: two never-to-be-repeated screening events by acclaimed filmmakers outside the mainstream — and they both fall on the same night at the same time. It's a good problem to have, I guess, considering the dearth of such options we've faced in the past. But missing one of them — well, it's a problem nonetheless.

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