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Filmmaker, artist, and musician Jay Bolotin will take part in an evening of film, music, and conversation presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. The event is part of UGA's 2022 Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Bolotin will present segments from his motion picture in progress The Book of Only Enoch, featuring the voice of actor Brad Dourif; a brief segment of his theater piece The Darktown Sermons, a combination of animation and live song featuring the voice of musician and actor Will Oldham; and his 23-minute short film The Silence of Professor Tösla, a collaboration with the Mexican essayist and cultural critic Ilan Stavans which won the prize for best animation at the Fall, 2020 Prague Independent Film Festival. He will engage in conversation about his work with Nicholas Allen, Baldwin Professor in Humanities and director of the Willson Center, and with the audience.

The segments Bolotin will present are created using a new technique of building physical, sculptural space and inserting composited, manipulated graphite drawings. As a musician, he has been championed by Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, and Merle Haggard, among others, and released a self-titled album on Commonwealth United Records in 1970. Delmore Recording Society released an album of new recordings by Bolotin in 2006, and a compilation of previously unreleased 1970s recordings in 2018.

Bolotin's work will be the subject of an exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2024, with exact dates and details yet to be finalized.

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  • Melissa Tufts
  • Genevieve Guzman
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