"SHIRLEY CLARKE IN OUR TIME" is
a portrait of Shirley Clarke by Donna Cameron, commissioned by Shirley Clarke. This trans-media film tells the story of filmmaker
Shirley Clarke’s life and work in a personal voice and celebrates her vitality, strength and influence on the history
of twentieth century filmmaking. It is unique in that it features rare footage of her as a child intercut with discarded industrial color film fragments that
are poignantly juxtaposed to conjure up the brightness, dynamism and streetwise
sensibility that hallmarked Clarke's life and work. A beautiful essay on this film by MoMA Film Curator Jytte Jensen notes
the world portrayed by Cameron in this film as a "frightening one". This is also a film about Clarke and Cameron, friends, both pioneer filmmakers from different generations and cultural backgrounds, and how the world receives their art. Clarke’s legacy is both historic and controversial; she introduced
contextual obscenity into film screen dialogue in the 1960s and was boycotted and condemned by the contemporary press for
doing so, at the same time, however, she was a mentor to many younger filmmakers, including Cameron. Cameron's legacy
is as a lyric visual artist who invented Cinematic Paper Emulsion painting and succeeded in patenting
her technique, the first experimental filmmaker to do so.
Shirley Clarke In
Our Time" has been featured at The Museum of Modern Art's Millennial Show "MoMA 2000"
in June, 2000, the Directors Series at NYU, May, 2005, and the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center..