‘Flaherty on the Road’ series stops at L.A. Filmforum this Sunday

Robert Flaherty
A program from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, named after the director of 1922’s “Nanook of the North,” will play at the Los Angeles Filmforum.

Four years after the death of pioneering documentary film director Robert Flaherty (1922’s “Nanook of the North,” 1934’s “Man of Aran” and 1948’s “The Louisiana Story”) in 1951, his widow, Frances, began the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, which is now the longest continuously running film event in North America.

The seminar’s goal is to “encourage filmmakers and other artists to explore the potential of the moving image.” Over the years, such renowned, award-winning filmmakers as Louis Malle, the Maysles brothers, Mira Nair, John Cassavetes and Satyajit Ray have had their work screened at the seminar.

On June 30 at the Egyptian Theatre, the Los Angeles Filmforum is presenting a program from the 2012 edition of the seminar.

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“Family Affairs,” part of the current “Flaherty on the Road” traveling series, features two films dealing with families: the 2011 short “Family Nightmare,” directed by Dustin Guy Defa, and Minda Martin’s 2009 essay film “Free Land.”

Martin, who is a former Filmforum intern, is scheduled to appear at the screening.


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