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I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard
Directed by Matt Wolf • 2012 • United States
Modesty, whimsy, and clarity of design grace the work of Joe Brainard, an artist and writer whose evocations of memory and desire perhaps found their greatest expression in his memoir-poem “I Remember.” Here, filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to this classic work, creating an archival montage that combines Brainard’s own readings with an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Brainard, and an elliptical dialogue about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.