CSU, Chico News

Independent Film Selected for Toronto Film Festival

Date: 09-12-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Jason Tannen
Art and Art History

“The Pressman Negatives,” a film by Jason Tannen, Department of Art and Art History, California State University, Chico, has been selected for screening at the Moving Image Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario. “Pressman” was selected to be shown in the Darkness Looms category. This international film festival takes place November 5–9, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario.

“The Pressman Negatives” (2006, 09:25 min.) is a photographic narrative that explores issues of time and memory, fact and fabrication. It is the story of jewelry thief Sidney Pressman, his cohorts in crime and the dark world they inhabited in a Midwestern city during the 1970s. Through snapshots allegedly taken by him, it documents the final days of Pressman and his criminal colleagues, brought together for one last heist.

Tannen is an artist, gallery curator and instructor. Since 1998, he has been curator at the CSU, Chico University Art Gallery and teaches Film as Visual Art and the History of Photography. His personal art, which incorporates photography, film and installation, has been exhibited widely. Recent exhibitions have included shows in Luton, England; Berkeley and San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Basel, Switzerland; and Swansea, Wales.