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AU video arts professor to participate in NY Film Festival press conference

Peer Bode, professor of video art in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, will be among those participating in the press conference that follows Tuesday’s press screening of Nicholas Ray’s We Can’t Go Home Again, 1972-2011.

Bode, who has been a member of the faculty at AU since 1987, was an undergraduate at Harpur College, Binghamton University, when he enrolled in a class on collaborative film-making taught by Ray, a legendary director whose credits include Rebel without a Cause, Johnny Guitar, They Live by Night and 55 Days at Peking.

What resulted is what turned out to be Ray’s last film, We Can’t Go Home, "an experimental, multi-narrative film bordering on cinema and visual arts" that is also described as "Ray’s posthumous masterpiece."

To mark the 100th anniversary of Ray’s birth in 1911, a restored and reconstructed version of We Can’t Go Home Again premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival.

The film will also be screened during the 2011 New York Film Festival, Masterworks, at 9 pm. Sunday, Oct. 2, in Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY.

Earlier this year, Bode and other students in the Harpur College class were interviewed and filmed by Susan Ray, Nicholas Ray’s widow, for a documentary about the making of We Can’t Go Home. The documentary, Don’t Expect Too Much, will be shown at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Francesca Beale Theater, 144 W. 65th St., New York, NY.