Film Screening Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

William Greaves: Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One © Janus Films/Criterion © Janus Films/Criterion


Goethe-Institut New York

With an introduction by Jon-Sesrie Goff

In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York's Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they are making. A couple enacts a break-up scenario over and over; a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew; locals wander casually into the frame: the project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative 1960s counterculture landmark, set in close proximity to Uwe Johnson's Upper West Side turf, remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies.

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
United States, 1968, 75 minutes
Directed by William Greaves. With Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Bob Rosen, William Greaves

US distributor: Janus Films

Jon-Sesrie Goff is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and the executive director of the Flaherty. He believes cinema has the power to explore the intersection of race, power, identity, gender, and the environment by unearthing the visceral representational value and authenticity behind the images propelled across varying diasporas. With over 15 years experience in media and film production, Jon has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including the recently released and award-winning documentaries Out in the Night (2015) and Evolution of a Criminal (2015), among other projects. Prior to joining the Flaherty, Jon served as the first Museum Specialist for Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture where he was responsible for developing the museum’s public film program and the first Smithsonian African American Film Festival.