Film Forum Kicks Off New “Town & Gown” Series

On Monday, March 4th, the Saratoga Film Forum will debut its new monthly “Town & Gown” movie night which brings Skidmore educators—whose work has been profoundly shaped by film—to the Film Forum to discuss a movie of their choice.

The first Town & Gown event will feature Skidmore artist-in-resident Robert ParkeHarrison and his wife Shana, who is also an artist (visit them online at, presenting and talking about one of their favorite films, Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire.

The ParkeHarisons are really impressive, stunning photographers who command a national reputation. They share a publisher—Twin Palms—with the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, Dennis Hopper, Herb Ritts, William Eggleston, and other giants in contemporary U.S. photography. (Click here to read a New York Times review of Robert ParkeHarrison’s “Earth Elegies” exhibition.)

One look at some of images in The Architect’s Brother shows why the ParkeHarrisons have such an affinity for Wim Wenders, specifically Wings of Desire.

Come March 4th at 7:30 p.m. to the Dee Sarno Theater at the Saratoga Arts Center to screen Wings of Desire, and see and hear how the film and its director influenced two contemporary artists.

This program received funding from the Skidmore College Office of Community Relations, and from Saratoga Program for Arts Funding, administered by Saratoga Arts, and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature.



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