a modern cannibal tale
March 21, 2002 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown campus
(Free and Open to the Public)
(American, 2000, 93 minutes, color, 35mm)
Directed by David Shapiro and Laurie Gwen Shapiro
Subtitled A MODERN CANNIBAL TALE, this film presents the strange but true story of Tobias Schneebaum, a Jewish abstract expressionist painter from New York who disappeared in the Amazon rainforest in 1955. Presumed dead, Schneebaum reemerged a year later covered in body paint, having lived among the Amarakaire Indians. Much later, Schneebaum wrote of his adventures in a memoir, Keep the River on Your Right (1969). The book details the artist's homosexual liaisons among the Amarakaire, as well as his participation in a single act of cannibalism. After Peru, Schneebaum went on to become a noted cultural anthropologist and explorer of erotic folkways in remote communities. Directors David and Laurie Shapiro join Schneebaum as he revisits the places and people that changed his life.
|Winner - 2000 IFP Truer than Fiction Award/Independent Spirit Awards
Official Selection - 2000 Toronto International Film Festival
Special Jury Award - 2000 International Film Festival
Special Jury Award - 2000 Los Angeles International Film Award
Best Documentary - 2000 Hamptons International Film Festival
"Two thumbs up!" - Ebert and Roeper
"First rate." - The Nation
"Engaging and colorful!" -The New York Times
David Shapiro, co-director of KEEP THE RIVER ON YOUR RIGHT, will provide film commentary and answer questions immediately following the screening. A graduate of UAlbany with a B.A. in English, David Shapiro is a visual artist and writer as well as a filmmaker. He is currently a guest lecturer at UAlbany. Shapiro collaborated on the Schneebaum documentary with his sister, Laurie Gwen Shapiro. The film marks the feature directorial debut of both siblings.
|David Shapiro will also hold an informal seminar on filmmaking on |
Thursday, March 20th
Standish Room, New Library
UAlbany Uptown Campus
Keep the River on Your Right