Part 1 of 2: This week [October 15 - 23, 2011] in avant garde cinema

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Magmart | international videoart festival - VII edition (Naples, Irìtaly; 
Deadline: February 29, 2012)
Best Shorts Competition (La Jolla, Ca USA; Deadline: December 16, 2011)
Indie Fest (La Jolla, Ca USA; Deadline: October 28, 2011)
Accolade Competition (La Jolla, Ca USA; Deadline: November 18, 2011)
Media City (Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Deadline: February 24, 2012)
Periwinkle Cinema @ ATA (San Francisco, CA, USA; Deadline: December 15, 2011)
Big Muddy Film Festival (Carbondale, Illinois, USA; Deadline: November 11, 2011)

Stop & Go (San Francisco, CA, USA; Deadline: November 15, 2011)
Images Festival (Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Deadline: October 17, 2011)
ARTErra-rural artistic residency (Tondela, Portugal; Deadline: October 31, 2011)
MONO NO AWARE V (Brooklyn, NY USA; Deadline: November 09, 2011)
The Journal of Short Film Volume 25 (Columbus, Ohio USA; Deadline: October 28, 
Fermynwoods Contemporary Art (UK; Deadline: October 24, 2011)
EcoFocus Film Festival (Athens, GA USA; Deadline: October 22, 2011)
Indie Fest (La Jolla, Ca USA; Deadline: October 28, 2011)
Accolade Competition (La Jolla, Ca USA; Deadline: November 18, 2011)
Big Muddy Film Festival (Carbondale, Illinois, USA; Deadline: November 11, 2011)

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 *  New and Unseen Super-8 Films By Boston Filmmakers [October 15, Boston, 
 *  Guilty Pleasures: videos By 7 Us Artist Curated For 2020 Exhibit Taking
    Place In Sydney [October 15, Brooklyn, New York]
 *  Werner Schroeter/Elfi Mikesch: A Voice That Lingers [October 15, Los 
Angeles, California]
 *  Essential Cinema: Jordan/Levitt/Maas Program [October 15, New York, New 
 *  Lo-Tech Hi-Jinx [October 15, San Francisco, California]
 *   Patrick Keiller's Robinson In Ruins [October 15, Toronto, Ontario, Canada]
 *  My Favorite Color Is Blue [October 16, Boston, Massachusetts]
 *  Industry Town: the Avant-Garde and Hollywood [October 16, Los Angeles, 
 *  Atomic Sublime [October 16, Mexico City]
 *  Por La Noche Volvió Delirando "Todo Es Agua” [October 16, Montreal, Quebec, 
 *  Essential Cinema: Hollis Frampton Program [October 16, New York, New York]
 *  Misalt Screening Series Presents: Glitch Vs Scratch [October 16, San 
Francisco, California]
 *  American Originals Now: Lynne Sachs [October 16, Washington, DC]
 *  Janie Geiser- “Nervous Films,” Secret Stories [October 17, Los Angeles, 
 *  Sleepless Nights Stories [October 18, London, England]
 *  Daniel Oniszeczko  & Philippe LÉOnard - Operating theatre [October 18, 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
 *  Optical Machines (Nld) - (Shift) [October 18, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
 *  Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane [October 19, Berkeley, California]
 *  Film Society Presents Laida Lertxundi [October 19, Boston, MA]
 *  Infrared: New visions From the Queer Avant-Garde [October 19, Seattle, 
 *  The Free Screen: Hors Pistes  [October 19, Toronto, Ontario, Canada]
 *  Ann Arbor Film Festival Retrospective Screening Series #2 [October 20, Ann 
Arbor, Michigan]
 *  Rebecca Meyers: Blue Mantle [October 20, Chicago, Illinois]
 *  Sleepless Nights Stories [October 20, London, England]
 *  Kinema Nippon Presents Nippon Re-Read – Radical Fragments and
    Abstractions From Japan I & ii [October 20, Los Angeles, California]
 *  Windflowers [October 20, New York, New York]
 *  The Brig [October 20, New York, New York]
 *  Transubstantiation: Rituals, Transformations and Appropriations [October 
21, Ann Arbor, Michigan]
 *  The Flower Thief - Taylor Mead In Person [October 21, Cambridge, 
 *  'super 8 Chicago' & 'jaap Pieters  Us World Tour' With Travis Bird & Evan
    Lindorff-Ellery [October 21, Chicago, Illinois]
 *  Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Cinema [October 21, London, 
 *  Two Years At Sea [October 21, London, England]
 *  Zapruder Filmmakersgroup (It) - Spell  [October 21, Montreal, Quebec, 
 *  Going Home [October 21, New York, New York]
 *  Guns of the Trees [October 21, New York, New York]
 *  Brand X - Taylor Mead In Person [October 22, Cambridge, Massachusetts]
 *  A Town Called Tempest -Janis Crystal Lipzin/Small Gauge Works-Hold Me
    While I'm Naked [October 22, Chicago, Illinois]
 *  Altered States [October 22, London, England]
 *  Nathaniel Dorsky / Ben Rivers  [October 22, London, England]
 *  Gabriel Abrantes  [October 22, London, England]
 *  Sleepless Nights Stories [October 22, London, England]
 *  Goldstein [October 22, New York, New York]
 *  Double-Barrelled Detective Story [October 22, New York, New York]
 *  Going Home [October 22, New York, New York]
 *  Orphans West By Northwest [October 22, San Francisco, California]
 *  Stop & Go Rides Again [October 22, San Francisco, California]
 *  The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man [October 23, Cambridge, Massachusetts]
 *  Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of - Taylor Mead In Person [October 23, 
Cambridge, Massachusetts]
 *  A Reason To Live & Bride of Super 8 [October 23, Chicago, Illinois]
 *  Intimate vision: Films By Chick Strand [October 23, London, England]
 *  Phil Solomon's American Falls [October 23, London, England]
 *  The Pettifogger [October 23, London, England]
 *  On the Road With Robert Fenz [October 23, London, England]
 *  Film/Music/Forms – Early Abstractions of the 1940s and 1950s  [October 23, 
Los Angeles, California]
 *  Guns of the Trees [October 23, New York, New York]
 *  Companeras and Companeros [October 23, New York, New York]
 *  Goldstein [October 23, New York, New York]
 *  American Originals Now: Lynne Sachs [October 23, Washington, DC]

Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE.


Boston, Massachusetts: TIE
7:30PM, Aviary Gallery, 48 South Street, Jamaica Plain

  Special(?) guest curator: Frankie Symonds Featuring films by Luther
  Price, Saul Levine, Shawn Cotter, Adam Paradis, Gordon Nelson, Tara
  Merenda Nelson, Lana Z. Kaplan, L.J. Frezza and more! Also, a special
  reading from acclaimed poet Ted Richer!

Brooklyn, New York: Microscope Gallery
7PM, 4 Charles Place (at Myrtle btwn Bushwick & Evergreen)

  Burchill was invited to curate a video exhibition as part of the 2020
  art event taking place this month in Sydney Australia, which presents 20
  art exhibits in 20 days. As this show is happening quite far a way and
  many are NYC artists, we've decided to screen the program at Microscope
  at (almost) the same time. As it's only a 36 minute program, Elle has
  added extra surprises by the participating artists. Guilty of watching,
  guilty of participating, guilty of contemplating, guilty of recording
  and more. From the land of the puritans where work and play are
  encouraged to be kept separate endeavors, the seven artists turn their
  cameras on the world around them and on the themselves to explore the
  obsessions, indulgences and other activities we use to get through the
  days. Works include: Yankee baseball fandom, internet sex, emotional
  meltdown, videos made for the artist's pure pleasure and others. The 7
  US artists in the show range from the emerging to those internationally
  recognized for their groundbreaking contributions to film and video.
  PROGRAM (approx 50 min): Unbreak My Heart, by Alex McQuilkin, video,
  color, sound, 7 minutes 5 seconds, 2011; Parr's Window, by Andrew
  Lampert Super 8mm-on-video, 3.5 minutes 2006/2011; The Web, by James
  Fotopoulos, video, color, sound, 18 seconds, 2008, The Internet is Porn,
  by Agnes Bolt, video, color, sound, 4 minutes 45 sec, 2011; Adrift, by
  Elle Burchill, video, color, sound, 5 minutes 15 sec., 2010; Yankees
  Triumphus by Andrew Neel,video color, sound, 12 minutes, 2009;
  Synchronized Fountain, Dubai, by Peggy Ahwesh, Video, color, sound, 3
  minutes, 2010. more info:; 2020 site tel: 347.952.1433; nearest
  subway: J/M/Z Myrtle/Broadway; L - Jefferson Ave or Morgan Ave.

Los Angeles, California: Redcat
6:00pm, 631 West 2nd St.

  Jack H. Skirball Series $10 [students $8, CalArts $5] U.S. premiere
  Werner Schroeter (1945–2010) created one of the most significant oeuvres
  of the New German Cinema, a legacy of more than 20 visually and aurally
  stunning features, among them Willow Springs (1973), Palermo oder
  Wolfsburg (1980), Malina (1991), and Deux (2002). His intimate
  collaborations with divas such as Magdalena Montezuma, Candy Darling,
  Ingrid Caven, Maria Callas, and Isabelle Huppert go beyond mere camp:
  Schroeter's protagonists exhaust themselves in music, melodrama, or
  visual excess to express consuming passions. When love is gone and death
  has come, he once said, "the expression remains, like a quake, a
  shivering sensation." Schroeter had shot most of his earlier films, but,
  beginning with Der Rosenkönig (1986), experimental filmmaker Elfi
  Mikesch became his regular DP, and she went on to accumulate extensive
  footage on his work and, in particular, the last four years of his life.
  This two-night program includes the U.S. debut of Mikesch's insightful,
  affectionate documentary Mondo Lux – Die Bilderwelten Des Werner
  Schroeter (2011, "Mondo Lux – The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter")
  and a selection of Schroeter's work, notably the cult film Der Tod der
  Maria Malibran (1972, "The Death of Maria Malibran"), one of Michel
  Foucault's favorites. In person: Elfi Mikesch (pending) Curated by Steve
  Anker and Bérénice Reynaud Funded in part with generous support from the
  Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. "Schroeter's flair for lush visuals and
  heightened emotions introduced an operatic sensibility to the New German
  Cinema movement." — Dave Kehr, The New York Times

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
4:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  Larry Jordan DUO CONCERTANTES (1962-64, 6 minutes, 16mm, b&w) HAMFAT
  ASAR (1965, 13 minutes, 16mm, b&w) GYMNOPEDIES (1968, 6 minutes, 16mm)
  THE OLD HOUSE PASSING (1966, 45 minutes, 16mm, b&w. Preserved by
  Anthology Film Archives.) OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE (1968, 9 minutes. New
  35mm print!) "Fantastic landscapes of the mind is what make the unique
  work of San Francisco animator Larry Jordan so compelling. With a taste
  for nostalgic romanticism for intricate turn-of-the-century
  illustrations, Jordan creates a magical universe of work using old steel
  engravings and collectable memorabilia. His 50-year pursuit into the
  subconscious mind gives him a place in the annals of cinema as a
  prolific animator on a voyage into the surreal psychology of the inner
  self." - Jackie Leger Helen Levitt IN THE STREET (1952, 12 minutes,
  16mm, b&w. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives.) Helen Levitt's short,
  lyrical documentary portrait of life in Spanish Harlem. Stealthily shot
  by Levitt, Janice Loeb, and James Agee. Willard Maas GEOGRAPHY OF THE
  BODY (1943, 7 minutes, 16mm, b&w. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives.)
  "The terrors and splendors of the human body as the undiscovered,
  mysterious continent." - W.M. Total running time: ca. 105 minutes.

San Francisco, California: Other Cinema
8:30, ATA, 992 Valencia Street

  GERRY FIALKA'S PXL THIS 20 FEST! Honoring media-theorist Marshall
  McLuhan as part of a worldwide centenary, we welcome back one of his
  fiercest and funniest proponents with a program of videos made on
  audio-cassette! This current iteration of Fialka's long-running fest
  embodies McLuhan's bold ideas about democratic communication tools.
  Among the movies made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camcorder are:
  Jesse Drew's Dolby, Mariko Drew's It's a Lemonhead, tENTATIVELY a
  cONVENIENCE's Philosopher's Union, and other pieces by Gerry himself,
  Paolo Davanzo, and a sneak preview of Michael Koshkin's feature-doc on
  this cult format. Come early for 2-bit beer, free vinyl records, and
  David Cox on the Optigan (another media-archaeological oddity)! 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pleasure Dome
7pm, Trash Palace, 89-B Niagara St. 

  Robinson in Ruins (2010), the final film in Patrick Keiller's Robinson
  Trilogy, takes its conceit from the "found" notebooks and film canisters
  of the titular character Robinson as he crosses the English countryside
  expounding upon a myriad of millennial anxieties and premonitions of
  late capitalist collapse. Released from prison at the start of the 2008
  recession, Robinson is enlisted to help a network of non-human
  intelligences in preserving the possibility of survival on the planet by
  searching for "the molecular basis of historical events." The wandering
  cinematographer Robinson is a flâneur of the pre-apocalyptic era,
  vividly recording the rural and agrarian landscape and explicating the
  history of financial markets, civil uprising and the ruins of the 21st
  century. Narrated by Robinson's ex-lover and co-researcher (Vanessa
  Redgrave) the elegiac journey of a great philosopher, poet and prophet
  of demise receives its timely Toronto premiere following widespread
  rioting across the UK and amidst paradigm-shifting unrest and
  uncertainty in the face of global austerity and economic crisis.
  Keiller's insights (which Redgrave breathes into life with savoury) are
  accompanied by mesmeric images that pursue a landscape of the past for
  its tidings of the future.


Boston, Massachusetts: TIE
7:30PM, SCATV 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA

  "My Favorite Color Is Blue": A cinematic meditation on youth,
  regression, trouble-making, and transcendence. Featuring TIE programmer
  Chris May in person. With films by Frank Biesendorfer, Stan Brakhage,
  Jesse Kennedy and more! All films projected in Super-8mm or Standard 8mm

Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
7:30pm, The Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd (at Las 

  In person: Peter Mays, Bruce Yonemoto, Norman Yonemoto. Tonight's
  program features experimental works that explicitly play with the
  dominant film industry (Hollywood and beyond), parodying its forms or
  structures of manufacture or utilizing images from classic and
  not-so-classic films as the raw material for new creations. Film to be
  screened include: The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra, by
  Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapić. Cinematography by Gregg Toland
  (1928), Puce Moment, by Kenneth Anger (1949), The Loves of Franistan, by
  Jules Schwerin (1949), Death of the Gorilla, by Peter Mays (1966),
  6-18-67, by George Lucas (1967), Title, by John Baldessari (1971),
  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, by Jack Goldstein (1975), Cue Rolls, by Morgan
  Fisher (1974), Zebra Skin Clutch, by Cynthia Maughan (1977-78), and
  Based on Romance, by Bruce & Norman Yonemoto (1979).

Mexico City: Artes.Docs
8:15, Cineteca Nacional, Av. Mexico Coyoacan, Col. Xoco, Mexico DF

  "Atomic Sublime" is a feature-length found footage collage essay that
  engages the history and politics of modern art in the United States.
  There is a fundamental tension at the heart of this history, a tension
  that helps define the structure of this experimental documentary. On one
  hand the Abstract Expressionist painters, like many other modern artists
  working in the USA during the years after World War II, were often
  red-baited. Yet at the same time, the U.S. State Department exported
  Abstract Expressionist painting (and photographic reproduction of these
  works) around the world. The debate over the political underpinnings of
  gestural abstraction rarely addressed the artworks themselves; it rather
  provided a forum for conflicting ideological and cultural agendas to
  rehearse their differences in a new arena. 

Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
8pm, the Agora du Coeur des Sciences de l'UQÀM. (174 ave. President Kennedy, 
Montreal). All performances are FREE

  Using multiple 16-mm projectors, suspended screens and quadraphonic
  sounds, Malena Szlam and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh conspire to create a
  dreamlike world in permanent flux.

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
4:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  ZORNS LEMMA 1970, 60 minutes, 16mm, color. "A major poetic work. Created
  and put together by a very clear eye-head, this original and complex
  abstract work moves beyond the letters of the alphabet, beyond words and
  beyond Freud. If you don't understand it the first time you see it,
  don't despair, see it again! When you finally 'get it,' a small light,
  possibly a candle, will light itself inside your forehead." –Ernie Gehr
  & HAPAX LEGOMENA I: (nostalgia) 1971, 36 minutes, 16mm, b&w. "Nostalgia,
  beginning as an ironic look upon a personal past, creates its own filmic
  time, a past and future generated by the expectations elicited by its
  basic disjunctive strategy." –Annette Michelson "In nostalgia the time
  it takes for a photograph to burn (and thus confirm its
  two-dimensionality) becomes the clock within the film, while Frampton
  plays the critic, asynchronously glossing, explicating, narrating,
  mythologizing his earlier art, and his earlier life, as he commits them
  both to the fire of a labyrinthine structure; for Borges too was one of
  his earlier masters, and he grins behind the facades of logic,
  mathematics, and physical demonstrations which are the formal metaphors
  for most of Frampton's films." –P. Adams Sitney

San Francisco, California: MisALT Screening Series
8pm, Artist Television Access 992 Valencia St

  MisALT Screening Series Presents: Glitch vs Scratch. Sunday, October
  16th, 2011. 8pm , $6.00 Artist Television Access 992 Valencia St. San
  Francisco, CA The MisALT Screening Series is excited to present its
  October screening: "Glitch vs. Scratch." This screening seeks to create
  a dialog between artists working in Scratch Cinema (film based practices
  that make interventions on the celluloid level) and Glitch based video
  and media practices (which manipulate images by exploiting
  vulnerabilities on the molecular and electron level of video tape and
  code), to bridge the gap between work that focuses on the material
  underpinnings of cinema and work that brings attention to the often
  invisible foundation that lies beneath digital media. The bubbling,
  flickering, abstractions of decaying, damaged, and melting celluloid
  meet the frantic and ghostly distortions of mangled signals and scripts.
  Featuring: Jodie Mack, "Unsubscribe #3: Glitch Envy" Tsen-Chu Hsu
  (Taiwan), "Cotton Sugar" Florian Cramper (Netherlands), "How to
  picturize two Kafka short stories within one hour in a hotel room"
  Charlotte Taylor, "Secrets" Péter Lichter (Hungary), "Light Sleep"
  Alberto Cabrera Bernal (Spain), "12 Erased Trailers" Christine Lucy
  Latimer (Canada), "MOSAIC" Anna Geyer, "Good Bye Pig" Nick Briz, "Binary
  Quotes" Adam R. Levine, "Koh" Michael Betancourt w/ FsLux, "One" Steven
  Ball(UK) "The War on Television" Lili White, "Got 'Cha" Drone Dungeon
  "Phantom Wegman I-III" Channel TWO "In a []" Ted Davis "What makes up a
  Surprising Image" Lennon Batchelor "Focus on the Family" Curated by
  Tessa Siddle

Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art
4:00, National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW.

  October 16, 23 East Building Concourse, Auditorium The ongoing film
  series American Originals Now offers an opportunity for discussion with
  internationally recognized American filmmakers and a chance to share in
  their artistic practice through special screenings and conversations
  about their works in progress. Since the mid-1980s, Lynne Sachs has
  developed an impressive catalogue of essay films that draw on her
  interests in sound design, collage, and personal recollection. She
  investigates war-torn regions such as Israel, Bosnia, and Vietnam,
  always striving to work in the space between a community's collective
  memory and her own subjective perceptions. Sachs teaches experimental
  film and video at New York University and her films have screened at the
  Museum of Modern Art and the Buenos Aires, New York, and Sundance Film
  Festivals. Her work was recently the subject of a major retrospective at
  the San Francisco Cinemathèque. Lynne Sachs: Recent Short Films October
  16 at 4:00 East Building Concourse, Auditorium Lynne Sachs in person
  Three short films exemplify Sachs' unique approach to nonfiction
  filmmaking and to the empathetic process of imagining other people's
  motivations. Photograph of Wind (2001, 16 mm, 4 minutes) is a portrait
  of the artist's daughter as witnessed by the eye of the storm; The Last
  Happy Day (2009, 37 minutes) uses personal letters, abstracted images of
  war, home movies, and a performance by children to understand the
  complex story of Sachs' distant cousin, Sandor Lenard, a Hungarian
  medical doctor who fled the Nazis and reconstructed the bones of
  American dead; and Wind in Our Hair (2010, 42 minutes) is a bilingual
  narrative inspired by the stories of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar.
  (Total running time approximately 83 minutes) 


Los Angeles, California: Redcat
8:30pm, 631 West 2nd St.

  Jack H. Skirball Series $10 [students $8, CalArts $5] World premiere
  Janie Geiser's new series of experimental films—Ghost Algebra (2009),
  Kindless Villain (2010), The Floor of the World (2010) and Ricky
  (2011)—weave textures of overlaid visual and aural elements haunted by
  lonely, frightened or sinister figures. Sad women, ambiguous children
  and weightless ghosts hover between life and death, light and shadow,
  porous earth and uncertain skies. Geiser brings collage to a new level,
  as a space traversed by cut-out silhouettes, purloined drawings and
  fragments of black-and-white films. The image trembles, is cropped,
  elusive, a forbidden sight snatched from darkness; the spectator is
  invited to trek though the suggested layers of meaning as through the
  intricate foliage of an enchanted forest. Also showing: the world
  premiere of a surprise film. In person: Janie Geiser Curated by Steve
  Anker and Bérénice Reynaud. "Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the
  unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the
  rules of society and language." —Holly Willis, RES 


London, England: BFI London Film Festival
9pm, VUE Cinemas, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Sqaure, WC2H 7AL

  SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES (Jonas Mekas / USA 2011 / 114 min) Jonas Mekas'
  opening confession that he suffers from insomnia will come as no
  surprise to anyone aware if his singular contribution to cinema. Over 50
  years he has established and promoted a viable culture for truly
  independent and avant-garde filmmaking, and his recent acceptance by the
  art world has brought a long overdue wave of attention and success.
  SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES is the latest in the series of long-form diary
  films that Mekas has been making since his arrival in the USA in 1949.
  Eating, drinking, singing and dancing with friends, the tireless
  octogenarian is full of life and wonder, casually weaving together
  contemporary folk tales collected during travels across the globe.
  Marina Abramovic fantasizes about domesticity, Lee Stringer recounts an
  episode from his crack-addicted past, and the protagonist toasts the
  'working class voice' of Amy Winehouse. Marina Abramovic, Bjork, Harmony
  Korine and Patti Smith also appear. Treating significant and
  inconsequential moments with equal import, Mekas' modern day saga
  presents the first episodes from his ambitious '1001 Nights' project. 

Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
9pm, the Agora du Coeur des Sciences de l'UQÀM. (174 ave. President Kennedy, 
Montreal). All performances are FREE

  A sculptor and filmmaker encounter a biomechanical creature that
  proceeds to open its belly and show off its inner workings to its uneasy
  observers. A performative audiovisual "operating theatre" to which you
  are cordially invited. 

Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
9pm, the Agora du Coeur des Sciences de l'UQÀM. (174 ave. President Kennedy, 
Montreal). All performances are FREE

  With surgical precision, Optical Machines combine light patterns with an
  electronic soundtrack to create hypnotic live performances. In their
  show (SHIFT), they use an ingenious homemade device to generate
  strobe-like light patterns of varying intensity.


Berkeley, California: Pacific Film Archive
7:30 pm, 2575 Bancroft Way

  Presented in association with Center for Visual Music, this tribute
  screening celebrates Belson's life and work. Introduced by curator Cindy
  Keefer. Born in Chicago and raised in the Bay Area, Jordan Belson
  (1926-2011) trained as a painter before turning his attention to
  filmmaking after discovering the abstract films of Oskar Fischinger,
  Norman McLaren, and Hans Richter at the seminal Art in Cinema series.
  Since 1947, Belson has explored consciousness, transcendence, and the
  nature of light itself in a visionary body of work that has been called
  "cosmic cinema"—brimming with vibrant color, mandalas, liquid forms, and
  mesmerizing rhythms. Starting in 1957, Belson collaborated with sound
  artist Henry Jacobs on the Vortex Concerts, multimedia events that
  combined new electronic music from around the world with Belson's visual
  effects projected on the interior of the sixty-five-foot dome of the
  California Academy of Science's Morrison Planetarium. This program
  features rarely screened films including Caravan (1952), Séance (1959),
  new preservation prints of Momentum (1968) and Chakra (1972), plus
  Allures (1961), Light (1973), Cycles (1974, with Stephen Beck), Music of
  the Spheres, Re-Entry and Epilogue (2005). 16mm and video, c. 70
  minutes. Ticketing through PFA,
  For more about Jordan Belson, please visit

Boston, MA: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
8:00pm, FILM Department | Screening Rm 1

  MASSART FILM SOCIETY presents LAIDA LERTXUNDI Laida Lertxundi (Bilbao,
  1981) works on film making non-stories with non-actors that explore the
  terrain of diegetic space, creating a particular sound and image syntax
  in response to the way desire and expectations are manufactured and
  imbedded in the language of cinema. She is interested in the histories
  of experimental film, the possibility of a feminine language and the
  play between found environments and constructed situations. Her work has
  been shown internationally in museums, festivals and venues such as
  MoMa, Lacma, Viennale and the New York Film Festival views of the Avant
  Garde, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Museo Nacional Centro de
  Arte Reina Sofía and Anthology Film Archives. She recently
  received the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 48th
  Ann Arbor Film Festival and was included in Best of the Decade reviews
  in CinemaScope Magazine and 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in The
  Film Comment Avant-Garde Poll. She has been a programmer for Centre de
  Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona since 2002 and has also
  programmed for ZineBi at the Guggenheim Bilbao, CalArts and UCSD. Her
  writing on film includes Xcentric: 45 Películas Contra
  Dirección 2006 (CCCB, 2006) and La risa oblicua. Tangentes,
  paralelismos e intersecciones entre documental y humor (Madrid, Ocho y
  Medio Libros de Cine, 2009). Reviews of her work appear in Senses of
  Cinema, ArtForum and Cahiers Du Cinema among others. She teaches film at
  the University of California San Diego and lives in Los Angeles,

Seattle, Washington: Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
9:15pm, Northwest Film Forum: 1515 12th Ave

  The films in this year's INFRARED annex historical icons, classic
  archetypes, & Americana-imagery into the realm of Queer Community, Queer
  Identity, & Queer Sex. Curated by Malic Amalya, with new work by Zackary
  Drucker, Wynne Greenwood, Doug Ischar, Tom Daws, Liz Rosenfeld, Oli
  Rodriguez, Clyde Peterson, Finn Paul, &Syniva Whitney

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: TIFF Bell Lightbox 
7:00pm, 350 King Street West

  FREE EVENT! Highlighting three important female artists both established
  and emergent, these three videos from the 2011 selection of the Centre
  Pompidou's annual Hors Pistes festival have been widely shown in both
  film festivals and gallery contexts, exemplifying the ever-increasing
  interplay between the cinema and the art world. Retooling the codes of
  documentary, Hito Steyerl's In Free Fall comments on the recent economic
  crisis by way of an airplane junkyard in the Californian desert,
  presenting a fascinating historical anatomy of real and fictive crashes
  that is a fitting metaphor for a capitalist system built upon violence
  and spectacle. Pauline Julier's award-winning Noé is a whitewashed fever
  dream in which we see through the eyes of Noah as he is taken to the far
  ends of the world. In After School Special, Corin Sworn fashions a
  dubbed, re-edited version of Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 youth drama Over the
  Edge, creating a parallel narrative in which there are no references to
  the adult world and where the now indirect insinuations of violence
  create a discomfiting suburban dystopia and a searing societal critique.
  Introduction by Géraldine Gomez, founder and Director of Hors Pistes and
  film programmer at Le Centre Pompidou.


Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
7:30 pm, Michigan Theater

  preservationist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
  presents a selection of rare and influential films from the Ann Arbor
  Film Festival's 50 years of exhibition history. Films in the program
  include: DIALECTIC DEFINITIONS (Dana Hodgdon, 1977, 8min)/ GRAIN
  GRAPHICS (Dana Plays, 1978, 6min)/ IOTA (Carolyn Faber, 1998, 6min)/
  ROSEBLOOD (Sharon Couzin, 1974, 8min)/ XFILM (John Schofill, 1968,
  14min)/ WHAT IGNITES ME, EXTINGUISHES ME (François Miron, 1990, 9min)/
  THE MAN WHO COULD NOT SEE FAR ENOUGH (Peter Rose, 1981, 33min). all
  films presented on 16mm. 

Chicago, Illinois: Conversations at the Edge
6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street

  Rebecca Meyers in person!  In her nimble, intimately-observed films,
  Cambridge-based filmmaker Rebecca Meyers illuminates the uncanny and
  exquisite in the everyday. lions and tigers and bears  (2006) seeks out
  urban wildlife–from spiders and pigeons to bronze lions and
  chrome-plated jaguars; night side (2008) captures a wintry twilight of
  street lamp halos and solitary animals. Shot along the Massachusetts
  coast, Meyers's latest film is a haunting ode to the sea. Combining
  historical accounts of ocean travel and disaster with images of its
  vast, roiling expanse, blue mantle (2010) meditates on humanity's
  attempts to conquer the deep and reflects on its role as a metaphor and
  passageway to the unknown. This evening, Meyers presents these and a
  selection of earlier works, including glow in the dark (2002) and things
  we want to see (2004). Rebecca Meyers, 2002- 2010, USA, 16mm, ca. 65 min
  + discussion.

London, England: BFI London Film Festival
7pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT

  SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES (Jonas Mekas / USA 2011 / 114 min) Jonas Mekas'
  opening confession that he suffers from insomnia will come as no
  surprise to anyone aware if his singular contribution to cinema. Over 50
  years he has established and promoted a viable culture for truly
  independent and avant-garde filmmaking, and his recent acceptance by the
  art world has brought a long overdue wave of attention and success.
  SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES is the latest in the series of long-form diary
  films that Mekas has been making since his arrival in the USA in 1949.
  Eating, drinking, singing and dancing with friends, the tireless
  octogenarian is full of life and wonder, casually weaving together
  contemporary folk tales collected during travels across the globe.
  Marina Abramovic fantasizes about domesticity, Lee Stringer recounts an
  episode from his crack-addicted past, and the protagonist toasts the
  'working class voice' of Amy Winehouse. Marina Abramovic, Bjork, Harmony
  Korine and Patti Smith also appear. Treating significant and
  inconsequential moments with equal import, Mekas' modern day saga
  presents the first episodes from his ambitious '1001 Nights' project. 

Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center
8:00 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St (at Sunset)

  A spectrum of experimental moving image works from Japan, ranging from
  late 60s to contemporary works, are presented in Kinema Nippon's
  two-part program. Although varying greatly in their formal and aesthetic
  concerns, the works all rigorously reexamine the everyday through their
  respective experiments and innovations in their medium. Kinema Nippon is
  a series of fund-raising screenings that present curated programs of
  experimental films, video art and Japanese classics, held in several
  international cities in collaboration with local film and art
  institutions. By presenting film and video work to celebrate the
  visionary cinema of Japan, Kinema Nippon mobilizes the moving image as a
  catalyst for cultural awarenss and unity during this crucial time. All
  proceeds from the screening will go to disaster relief efforts. Works by
  Takahiko Iimura, Takashi Makino, Yoi Suzuki, Stom Sogo, Daisuke Nose,
  Tomonari Nishikawa, Eriko Sonoda, Toshio Matsumoto, Shiho Kano, and
  Shinkan Tamaki. $5

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
7:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  by Adolfas Mekas 1967, 64 minutes, 16mm Written, directed, and edited by
  Adolfas Mekas. With Pola Chapelle, John Kramer, Ronnie Gilbert, and Tina
  Stoumen. "An elegy for a draft dodger." –A.M. "WINDFLOWERS is vastly
  more important than the plethora of sophisticated antiwar films around
  town. … It is not a portrait of a draft dodger, nor of anyone else, but
  of a certain American mentality confronted with a situation that
  challenges its mindsets. … WINDFLOWERS seems to me a tremendously
  important film because it is the first film, inspired by this war and
  antiwar activity, to reach into the heart of America." –Marjorie Heins,
  RAT "A macabre lament for an assassinated deserter, WINDFLOWERS is a
  fugue in two senses of the word. It is a film about a desperate flight
  and it is a musical film, like a complaint, one of those English ballads
  of the 18th century that made you cry. Simply, this circular film…is
  constructed musically." – Dominique Noguez, CAHIERS DU CINÉMA Followed
  by: THE SAGA OF WINDFLOWERS (2001, 15 minutes, video) Adolfas speaks
  about the making of WINDFLOWERS. Total running time: ca. 85 minutes.

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
9:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  by Jonas and Adolfas Mekas 1964, 68 minutes, 35mm Filmed by Jonas Mekas
  and edited by Adolfas Mekas. "1963 saw the controversial off-Broadway
  theater production THE BRIG by the Living Theatre. Filmed on stage with
  the original cast, rarely has there been a more intense cinematic
  adaptation of a play. … This film is hard as nails." –MELBOURNE
  UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL "Made together with brother Jonas. Film of the
  original production of the Living Theatre with original cast as directed
  by Judith Malina." –A.M. Preceded by: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AMBASSADOR
  FROM LAPLAND (1967, 3 minutes, video) Adolfas starred in, directed, and
  edited this Vietnam comedy, produced by Pola Chapelle and shot by Jonas.
  Assistance from Shirley Clarke. "In these three minutes Mekas is Swift,
  the horrible and admirable Swift of the 'Modest Proposal.' One really
  must admit that Mekas has made the USA a bit less loathsome." –Dominique
  Noguez, CAHIERS DU CINÉMA Total running time: ca. 75 minutes.

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