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Poster for RPM Fest presents Attention Wonders: Robert Todd

RPM Fest presents Attention Wonders: Robert Todd

Coming on December 11

Run Time: 90 min.

By popular demand, RPM fest presents Boston lyrical experimental filmmaker Robert Todd’s film program, Attention Wonders, which includes 5 short films.

The screening will be introduced by filmmaker Ethan Berry (Montserrat College of Art), and will be followed by a short post-screening discussion with Filmmaker Ernesto Livon-Grosman (Boston College) and artist Brittany Gravely (Harvard Film Archive).

Robert Todd (1963-2018) was a profoundly creative and compassionate person who expressed raw emotion through the medium of film. He was a prolific filmmaker, a dedicated mentor and educator, a painter of dark wonders, and a musical prodigy. His cinema had a profound influence on the international experimental film community, embracing the deep complexity of the natural world and reflecting his internal self, sometimes through multiple mirrors.

According to Robert, making films allowed him “to wonder deeply and learn, from what ends up shimmering on the screen, about how my inner world resonates with the outer world through this transformational medium.” He would walk out of his apartment with a loaded camera while holding a feeling in his heart, and make wonderous moving paintings – an impulse he nurtured in generations of experimental filmmakers. Robert’s greatest source of inspiration was the poetry of Tessa Day. He is terribly missed by the many people whose lives he changed.


2013 • 5 minutes • b+w • silent

Office Suite 
2007 • 14 minutes • b+w • sound

Matters of Life and Death 
2017 • 12 minutes • b+w • silent

2018 • 13 minutes • color • sound

2018 • 19 minutes • color • sound

Learn more about this program and our featured guests at

Revolutions per Minute Festival (RPM Fest) is dedicated to short-form poetic, personal, experimental film, essay film, animation, documentary, video and audiovisual performance, and is co-hosted by Art and Art History Department and Cinema Studies at UMass-Boston, Brattle Theatre in Cambridge & Harvard FAS CAMLab.

still from Robert Todd's short 'Matters'

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