By Heather Leszczewicz Special to Published Feb 26, 2007 at 7:13 AM

In conjunction with its newest art exhibit "Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s," the Milwaukee Art Museum presents "A Haunting Inspiration: Francis Bacon in Film."

As part of its film series, MAM will show short films that were chosen because each embodied something found in Bacon's work.

From a collaboration between direction Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali comes "Un Chien Andalou" (1929). It's a dreamy 17-minute-long film that has images that are up for interpretation. It's surrealism in moving form, but also a bit graphic.

Director David Lynch, known for films like "Mulholland Drive" and "Blue Velvet," created "The Grandmother" (1970). The 34-minute film shows a young boy wanting to escape his abusive parents. He plants seeds and grows a grandmother to save him.

The final film is the animated "Street of Crocodiles" done by the Quay Brothers. The 20-minute film shows a puppet being released by a man into a hall of rooms. As the puppet explores the rooms, he encounters other dolls that show him his new world.

"A Haunting Inspiration: Francis Bacon in Film" takes place March 1 at 6:15 p.m. in the Lubar Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for members, seniors and studios.


Heather Leszczewicz Special to

Originally from Des Plaines, Ill., Heather moved to Milwaukee to earn a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University. With a tongue-twisting last name like Leszczewicz, it's best to go into a career where people don't need to say your name often.

However, she's still sticking to some of her Illinoisan ways (she won't reform when it comes to things like pop, water fountain or ATM), though she's grown to enjoy her time in the Brew City.

Although her journalism career is still budding, Heather has had the chance for some once-in-a-lifetime interviews with celebrities like actor Vince Vaughn and actress Charlize Theron, director Cameron Crowe and singers Ben Kweller and Isaac Hanson of '90s brother boy band Hanson. 

Heather's a self-proclaimed workaholic but loves her entertainment. She's a real television and movie fanatic, book nerd, music junkie, coffee addict and pop culture aficionado.