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Visiting film professor Roz Mortimer screens films Feb. 16

February 7, 2011


Visiting artist Roz Mortimer will lecture and screen her acclaimed experimental documentary "INVISIBLE" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 in MSU's Procrastinator Theater. Photo courtesy of Roz Mortimer.    High-Res Available

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Roz Mortimer, a visiting professor in Montana State University's School of Film and Photography, will present a selection of her films, including her acclaimed experimental documentary
"INVISIBLE" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Procrastinator Theater in MSU's Strand Union Building.

Mortimer is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her films have been widely
screened around the world. She works with expanded forms of documentary across a range of media; from film and video to photography, sound, installation and performance.

Mortimer's earlier subjects dealt with notions of Englishness. Her more recent films have focused on specific global locations from the High Arctic to the Italian Lakes, creating portraits that blur the boundaries between staged theatre and documentary while challenging social and political understanding.

"INVISIBLE," is a journey to the Arctic, which is thought of as a pristine wilderness. However, when scientists went to collect breast milk from Inuit mothers, expecting to find the purest milk anywhere on earth, they discovered that the milk loaded with chemical pollutants that had migrated from the south.

Mortimer shows epic scenes of contemporary Inuit life, explores their traditional connection to the Earth and stages dramatic tableaux in landscapes of frozen sea in the threatened environment.

For more information about Mortimer, go to www.wonder-dog.co.uk/invisible.

Mortimer's work is supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Film London and Channel 4 Television. Her talk and screening at MSU are sponsored by the MSU School of Film and Photography.

Robert Arnold (406) 994-7588, rfarnold@montana.edu