"Jim Henson’s Youth ‘68" Film Screening

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Sex. Drugs. Religion. War. Rock & Roll. This ain't the Muppets. In the days before he was a household name, Jim Henson created Youth ’68 – a documentary produced for NBC’s “Experiment in Television” series. Believe it or not, the film has not had a public screening since its original broadcast (in, you guessed it, 1968) – until now. Billed as a "portrait of youth today," the film is a collage of interviews, literary quotations, popular music and modern dance. Henson talked to people of all ages across the country – some who were part of the movement and others who despised it – to create a vivid portrayal of a society rife with juxtapositions in the context of a changing world.

The film includes appearances by Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and The Papas, and The Vanilla Fudge, as well as music from The Beatles, The Who, and Simon & Garfunkel. It’s essentially a snapshot of the 60s in 60 minutes.

The original script, complete with Henson’s notations, is full of snippets of different documents cut-and-pasted within the text, creating a literal collage that Henson then transported onto the screen. The script was recently featured in ESOPUS Magazine, which presents little-known artworks and documents from established figures to offer readers a different angle on their creativity.



May 06, 2009 from 19:30 to 21:30

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