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Enter your announcements (calls for entries, new work, screenings, jobs, items for sale, etc.) at: http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl NEW CALLS FOR ENTRIES: ===================== Somerville Open Cinema (Somerville, MA, USA; Deadline: April 05, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1410.ann BASEMENT MEDIA FEST (Brooklyn, NY, USA; Deadline: July 29, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1411.ann Surplus/Lack (San Francisco Bay Area, USA; Deadline: May 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1412.ann Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto; Deadline: May 04, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1413.ann YoungCuts Film Festival (Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Deadline: June 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1414.ann MADATAC 04 (Madrid_Spain; Deadline: August 31, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1415.ann EXiS (Seoul, South Korea; Deadline: June 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1416.ann Videoholica (Varna, Bulgaria; Deadline: June 30, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1417.ann Oblò Film Festival 2012 (Lausanne, Switzerland; Deadline: June 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1418.ann DEADLINES APPROACHING: ====================== 3rd Festival du film Merveilleux et Imaginaire (Paris FRANCE; Deadline: April 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1359.ann call for artists 2012 (Tondela, Portugal; Deadline: March 09, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1380.ann Wimbledon SHORTS (Wimbledon; Deadline: March 31, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1387.ann ASsociety New Media Residency (Roxbury, NY, USA; Deadline: March 06, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1388.ann ARTErra rural artistic residency (Tondela,Portugal; Deadline: March 09, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1391.ann Milwaukee Underground Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI USA; Deadline: March 30, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1395.ann WAMMFest (Women And Minorities in Media Festival) (Baltimore, MD, USA; Deadline: March 09, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1396.ann 5th International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR (Poznan, Poland; Deadline: March 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1404.ann Video Art Festival Miden (Greece; Deadline: March 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1405.ann MisALT Screening Series Presents: Experiments with Science (San Francisco, CA, USA; Deadline: March 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1407.ann Somerville Open Cinema (Somerville, MA, USA; Deadline: April 05, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1410.ann Enter your event announcements by going to the Flicker Weekly Listing Form at http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/thisweek.pl Also available online at Flicker: http://www.hi-beam.net THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMS (SUMMARY): ============================== * Dear Diary [March 3, Los Angeles, California] * Softserve + Goldwave + Soda_jerk + Ascher + [March 3, San Francisco, California] * We Are Cinema: Here and Now Open Screening of New Works By Co-Op Members [March 4, Brooklyn, New York] * Material Concerns (Alternative Projections: Experimental Film In L.A., Screening 20) [March 4, Los Angeles, California] * The Filmic Photograph [March 4, Washington, DC] * Tomonari Nishikawa & Small-Gauge Japan [March 6, Chicago, Illinois] * Lisa & the Devil (1974, 92 Min.) By Mario Bava [March 6, Reading, Pennsylvania] * The Filming of Modern Life: Cinema, Modernity, and the Avant-GardeA Lecture By Malcolm Turvey [March 6, San Francisco, California] * Helicopter String Quartet [March 7, Ann Arbor, Michigan] * The Film-Makers' Coop Presents: Optics O:O Curated By victoria Keddie [March 7, New York, New York] * Art Attack! By Rabbit Movers [March 7, New York, New York] * Preview & Live Performance of "Your Day Is My Night" By Lynne Sachs [March 8, Brooklyn, New York] * Kamerapferd [March 8, Los Angeles, California] * Luke Fowler Films [March 9, New York, New York] * Jaap Blonk: Soundtracks, Scores, Interactive Animations [March 9, San Francisco, California] * Barn Owl, Date Palms, Ensemble Economique, Films By Paul Clipson [March 9, San Francisco] * Journey Into Darkness: Films By Kerry Laitala [March 10, Brooklyn, New York] * Mystery Show Featuring Liisa Lounila, Erkka Nissinen, Pilvi Takala, Timo Vaittinen [March 10, New York, New York] * Barn Owl, Date Palms, Ensemble Economique, W/Films By Paul Clipson [March 10, Oakland, California] * Adam Curtis' All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace + [March 10, San Francisco, California] * L.A. Filmforum Presents the L.A. Rebellion: Boundary-Breaking Shorts [March 11, Los Angeles, California] * René Vautier Program [March 11, New York, New York] * Strange Attractors [March 11, New York, New York] Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE. ----------------------- SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012 ----------------------- 3/3 Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ 7 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St (at Sunset) DEAR DIARY Students from EPFC's 2012 winter youth intensive course Dear Diary will present and discuss projects created on standard 8mm film during the month of February. This advanced, four-week intensive class immersed students in the history and practice of personal and diary filmmaking. Through screenings and discussions students explored diverse forms that personal filmmaking has taken, from amateur home movies to the avant-garde. The students were encouraged to incorporate the cameras into a daily filming practice, drawing on their everyday lives. Filmmakers include Richard Bar, Andrew Becerra, Danielle Dickerson, Marilyn Hernandez, Chloé Macary-Carney, James Noel, Chloe Reyes, and Penelope Uribe-Abee. FREE! 3/3 San Francisco, California: Other Cinema http://www.othercinema.com/ 8:30pm, 992 Valencia Street SOFTSERVE + GOLDWAVE + SODA_JERK + ASCHER + OC takes the offensive, opening its Spring season with a session devoted to the Right to Remix! We're proud to premiere what could very well be the anthem of the anti-SOPA subculture, Soda_Jerk's Hollywood Burn, a 45-min. battle-cry that has cult classic written all over it. Elvis the Rebel takes on Moses the Lawmaker and a horde of other pop-cult antagonists in a righteously hilarious collage-narrative argument against copyright. ALSO, initiating our 4-show OptrOnica thread, Erik Wilsonaka Softserveevokes a sonic space wherein live samples rhyme with energized audio gestures, in sync with Goldwave's visual abstractions. PLUS Rodney Ascher's The S from Hell, Everything Is a Remix, Hitler Reacts to SOPA, and an Animal Charm party platter! Come early for free TV Sheriff DVDs, People Like Us pastiches, and our legendary Hi-Art Bar, with $2 homebrews from Lone Mountain! --------------------- SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012 --------------------- 3/4 Brooklyn, New York: Filmmakers Coop 7:00, Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place (at Myrtle btwn Bushwick & Evergreen) WE ARE CINEMA: HERE AND NOW OPEN SCREENING OF NEW WORKS BY CO-OP MEMBERS WE ARE CINEMA: HERE & NOW, New Works by Film-Makers' Coop Members, SUNDAY MARCH 4, 7PM - Admission $6 - Free to Coop Members with a NEW work to screen, rsvp recommended at r...@microscopegallery.com - "Here and Now" is the concluding event of the 4 part screening series in connection with the "We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-makers' Cooperative" exhibit. For the evening, we celebrate the current members of the Co-op and invite any and all members to bring a NEW short film or video to screen. We will show your work whether or not it has already been entered into distribution at the Co-op. If you plan to bring a film or video, we prefer that you let us know in advance. - We will screen the following formats: Video: DVD or a Quicktime file on a flash drive, Film: 16 mm or Super 8 - - www.microscopegallery.com, www.film-makerscoop.com - - We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-makers' Cooperative is on view during regular gallery hours through March 5. - Please Note: the exhibition will remain on view by appointment only Thurs March 8 to Sunday March 11, and on Saturday March 10 6-10PM in connection with Bushwick Beat Nite - - J/M/Z - Myrtle/Broadway, walk straight down the subway stairs, cross Broadway with Mr. Kiwi's on your right. Continue along Myrtle Ave, cross Bushwick. Charles Place is next left. It is a dead-end street and we are behind Little Skips Cafe. - This is the closest station - L - Morgan Ave or Jefferson Street 3/4 Los Angeles, California: Filmforum http://www.lafilmforum.org/ 7:30pm, Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. MATERIAL CONCERNS (ALTERNATIVE PROJECTIONS: EXPERIMENTAL FILM IN L.A., SCREENING 20) One of the key concerns of experimental film, in the tradition of all modern art, is the stuff of film itself: how it is made, what is it made of, what are the basic elements of the camera, the celluloid, and the projector. In experimental film, focusing on the materials and procures of film-making has come to be known as structuralist film-making, with a hey-day from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, but continuing in much work today. These are several classic examples made in Los Angeles, with precise control over the instruments of filmmaking, the depth of good art, and (more often than not) a fair dose of wit. Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets 3/4 Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art http://www.nga.gov 4:30, East Building Concourse, Auditorium THE FILMIC PHOTOGRAPH This program focuses on the image, the process of finding and conceiving it, the act of shooting, and then describing it. Film requires the linear sequencing of photographs, which these filmmakers use to develop an analytical discourse. Including films by Hollis Frampton ([nostalgia], 1971), Silke Grossmann (The Feelings of the Eyes, 1987), Shelly Silver (What I'm Looking For, 2004), Esaias Baitel (The Zone, 2003) and Sean Snyder (Casio, Seiko . . . , 2005). (90 minutes) ---------------------- TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 ---------------------- 3/6 Chicago, Illinois: Conversations at the Edge http://www.saic.edu/cateblog 6pm, 164 N. State TOMONARI NISHIKAWA & SMALL-GAUGE JAPAN Tomonari Nishikawa in person. Working in formats ranging from Super 8 to 35mm still photographic film, Tomonari Nishikawa constructs his films through precise single-frame shooting, elaborate masking, superimposition, and in-camera editing. He transforms the elements of urban life into multilayered abstractions of light, movement, and space. This evening Nishikawa will present a selection of his own works alongside a survey of films by other contemporary Japanese filmmakers working in small-gauge formats. 200511, multiple directors, Japan/USA/Thailand, various formats, ca. 80 minutes + discussion 3/6 Reading, Pennsylvania: Berks Filmmakers, Inc http://berksfilmmakers.org 7:30 p.m., Albright College Center for the Arts LISA & THE DEVIL (1974, 92 MIN.) BY MARIO BAVA "Mario Bava directed (or co-directed) twenty-four features during an eighteen year period, 1960 to 1978. His uvre consists entirely of the formula films (filone) which made Italy the most successful production centre in Western Europe in the '60s. These less-than-reputable genre films were shot with minuscule budgets and production schedules a typical filone had a budget under $80,000 and a shooting schedule of three or four weeks . If Bava manages, more often than not, to transcend the limitations of his material it is because of the strength of his imagery, as well as the evident pleasure he derives from exploring the expressive potential of the medium itself: the ability of film to generate a variety of emotions most of all, wonder and fear. Lisa and the Devil was Bava's most daring film, an oneiric narrative with tender volleys of absurdist humour."- Sm Ishii-Gonzalis, senses of cinema. As [Tim]Lucas writes, it is "an extraordinary combination of horror film, art film and personal testament. Based on Bava's memories of growing up among his father's asculptures, dialogue borrowed from Dostoevski's I Diavoli, and an unrealized project about real-life necrophile Viktor Ardisson, Lise e il diavolo unfolds like a waking dream" . Lisa and the Devil is clearly a labour of love, a beautifully crafted puzzle box replete with secret compartments." Sam Ishii-Gonzalis, senses of cinema. With Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer, Alida Valli (in Italian with subtitles) 3/6 San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque http://www.sfcinematheque.org 7PM, 1111 Eighth Street (near Sixteenth) THE FILMING OF MODERN LIFE: CINEMA, MODERNITY, AND THE AVANT-GARDEA LECTURE BY MALCOLM TURVEY Malcolm Turvey In Person presented in association with the California College of the Arts' Visual Studies Program. [members & Students: $5 / non-members: $10 / free to CCA students, faculty and staff] In the 1920s, the European avant-garde embraced the cinema, experimenting with the medium in radical ways. Painters including Hans Richter and Fernand Léger as well as filmmakers belonging to such avant-garde movements as Dada and surrealism made some of the most enduring and fascinating films in the history of cinema. Malcolm Turvey is a Professor of Film History at Sarah Lawrence College. In his recent book, The Filming of Modern Life (published by MIT Press, 2011), he analyzes five films from the avant-garde canon: Rhythmus 21 (1921) by Hans Richter, Ballet mécanique (1924) by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, Entr'acte(1924) by Francis Picabia and René Clair, Un chien analou (1929) by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, Man with a Movie Camera (1929) by Dziga Vertov. All exemplify major trends within European avant-garde cinema of the time, from abstract animation to "cinema pur." Turvey closely examines their formal and stylistic innovations. He also argues that these films share a concern with modernization and the rapid, dislocating changes it was bringing about while he challenging the standard view of the avant-garde as implacably opposed to modern life. In fact, Turvey shows, all five films embrace and resist different aspects of modernity. Tonight's lecture will include screenings of and/or clips from these five classic works. (Malcolm Turvey) ------------------------ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 ------------------------ 3/7 Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival http://aafilmfest.org/ 7 pm, Michigan Theater HELICOPTER STRING QUARTET HELICOPTER STRING QUARTET (35mm, 1995, 81 min). A film by Frank Scheffer, with music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, performed by the Arditti String Quartet. In one of the most certifiably eccentric musical events of the late 20th century, German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen designed and executed the concept of having four members of a string quartet playing an original piece by Stockhausen in four separate helicopters, all flying through the air simultaneously. The sound was then routed to a central location and mixed together; the work premiered, in turn, at the 1995 Holland Festival. Frank Scheffer's film Helicopter String Quartet depicts the behind-the-scenes preparations for this event; Scheffer also conducts and films an extended conversation with Stockhausen in which the creator discusses the conception and execution of his composition and then breaks it down analytically. This screening is co-presented with the University Musical Society in partnership with the Michigan Theater, in collaboration with the U-M Museum of Art. 3/7 New York, New York: Filmmakers Co-op 7:00, Charles S. Cohen Screening Room at the Film-Makers' COOP, 475 Park Avenue South #603 THE FILM-MAKERS' COOP PRESENTS: OPTICS O:O CURATED BY VICTORIA KEDDIE PURE FEEDBACK: Scott Bartlett and Tom DeWitt Ditto, curated by Victoria Keddie from the vaults of Film-Makers COOP - $10 entry - Programme - "Metanomen" (1966) 16mm\; 8min, b/w by Scott Bartlett - "OFFON" (1967) 16mm\; 9min, color by Scott Bartlett - **Live Performance by David First** - "The Leap" (1968) 16mm\; 7min, color by Tom DeWitt Ditto - "The Fall" (1971) 16mm\; 19min, color by Tom DeWitt Ditto - "Lovemaking" (1970) 16mm\; 13min, color by Scott Bartlett - TRT: 80 min (approx) - RSVP: filmmakersc...@gmail.com, Limited seating. Booze and bites served. - - Scott Bartlett (1943 1990 in San Francisco, CA) was one of the premiere abstract experimental filmmakers of the late 1960s and the 1970s. He worked with developing technologies to manipulate images on 16mm film. Such techniques are now part of the definitive language of analogue video mixing. From his earliest work in 1966, we see a breaking of the image as whole into kaleidoscopic renderings. His later work articulates this idea further into a psychedelic dance of image, color, and sound. - Tom DeWitt Ditto (San Francisco, CA), one of the founders of Canyon Cinema, has had notable achievements in both the arts and sciences. A Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation as an artist, a three time Fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts and a Fellow of the American Film Institute\; he has also been named four times as a Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation and served as a Fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts where he designed a novel telescope.After an apprenticeship in film under Stan Vanderbeek in 1965, Tom DeWitt met Scott Bartlett and the two put together a unique light show based on film loops that eventuated in OffOn (1967). - David First (Philadelphia, PA), as a composer, has created everything from finely crafted pop songs to long, severely minimalist drone-works. His performances often find him sitting trance-like without seeming to move a muscle, unless he is playing with his recently re-formed psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, at which time he is a whirling blur of hyperactive energy. First has been called "a fascinating artist with a singular technique" in the New York Times, and "a bizarre cross between Hendrix and La Monte Young" in the Village Voice. http://www.davidfirst.com - http://film-makerscoop.com/ 3/7 New York, New York: Rabbit Hole Projects http://www.rabbitholeprojects.com/ 8:00 PM, Various Location throughout NYC ART ATTACK! BY RABBIT MOVERS 'Art Attack!' is an ongoing, mobile arts and performance exhibition program presented by Rabbit Movers - a Brooklyn based moving company which only hires those in the creative fields in order to support the arts community. For 'Art Attack!', Rabbit Movers transforms its moving trucks into versatile white wall galleries capable of showing a range of visual art shows as well as performance pieces. 'Art Attack!' trucks appear all over the city and at designated events. Locations are announced real time via Twitter (@RabbitArtAttack) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/rabbitmoversartattacks). ----------------------- THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 ----------------------- 3/8 Brooklyn, New York: Round Robin Artist Collective http://roundrobinbrooklyn.blogspot.com/p/hospitality.html 7 p.m., 2 Kingsland Avenue, Garden Level (the garden floor of an old hospital) PREVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE OF "YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT" BY LYNNE SACHS The Round Robin Artist Collective has invited the cast and crew of my film "Your Day is My Night" to perform a live theater improvisation and interactive conversation at their Arts@Renaissance space. We'll also be screening a sneak preview excerpt of the film. In Your Day is My Night, a collective of Chinese and Puerto Rican performers living in New York City explores the history and meaning of "shiftbeds" through verité conversations, character-driven fictions and integrated movement pieces. A shift-bed is shared by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship. From sleeping to making love, such a bed is a locus for evocative personal and social interactions. With male and female non-professional actors, director Lynne Sachs creates a film which looks at issues of privacy, intimacy, privilege and ownership in relationship to this familiar item of furniture. A bed is an extension of the earth embracing the shape of our bodies like a fossil where we leave our mark for posterity. But for transients, people who use hotels, and the homeless a bed is no more than a borrowed place to sleep. Inspired by theater visionaries Augusto Boal and the Wooster Group, Sachs has conducted numerous performance workshops centered around the bed experienced, remembered and imagined from profoundly different viewpoints. "Your Day is My Night: Performance and Video" directed by Lynne Sachs; performances by Yi Chun Cao, Yueh (Linda) Hwa Chan, Che Chang-Qing, Yun Xiu Huang, Ellen Ho, Sheut Hing Lee. 3/8 Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ 8 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St (at Sunset) KAMERAPFERD Kamerapferd is the synonym of the two directors, Stephan Müller and Erik Schmitt, since 2010. Under that name they have produced a range of highly visual and often unconventional short films, as well as the feature length documentary (The Solartaxi, 2010). Their latest short film, Now Follows (Nun Sehen Sie Folgendes, 2010), winner of the German Short Film Award, was presented at Cannes by the FFA and German Films, and is representing German short films all around the world on the Soirée Allemande and the Next Generation Short Tiger roll. Erik Schmitt was initially born in 1980 in Mainz. He quickly started to study the many forms of communication in Geneva, Munich and Melbourne but was successfully lured into the capital. He completed his studies of communication sciences at the FU Berlin. At some point he learned to use the camera not only as walking stick, and started KAMERAPFERD together with Stephan Müller. Stephan Müller was born on the 22nd of May 1981. The same day he saw the light of day. Discovering photography and short films, he traveled around the world and quickly became addicted to creating things. Cardboards, a jig saw, a hammer and some wood are always around him. Under the name of KAMERAPFERD he's been working together with his symbiotic film friend Erik Schmitt since 2010. In 2012, Stephan and Erik are staying at the Villa Aurora, a German artist residency in Los Angeles. During their stay, they will work on several projects, including two short films, and different film scripts. --------------------- FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012 --------------------- 3/9 New York, New York: Artprojx Cinema http://www.artprojx.com/cinema 8.30pm, SVA Theatre, 333 W.23rd Street LUKE FOWLER FILMS The Modern Institute and Artprojx Cinema presents - A Grammar for Listening (Parts 1 - 3) & All Divided Selves by Luke Fowler. Friday March 9 at 8.30pm and 9.30pm. At SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), New York, NY 10011. ENTRY IS FREE. RSVP artprojxcin...@gmail.com to confirm which screening or both. MORE DETAILS: A Grammar for Listening (Parts 1 3) 8.30pm. Silence dominated the experimental film of the 1960s. Sound or musical accompaniment was often dismissed as illustrative, manipulative or redundant. Instead, a return to experiments of early cinema concentrated on rhythm, structure and material and thereby considered film's potential as a unique art form with its own grammar. Prior to this tendency in film, composer John Cage had foregrounded silence within his 1953 composition '4'33'. Purging concerts of conventional musical content, he allowed the sounds from outside to come inside and become the focus of the audience's attention. These foundational ideas have led to a burgeoning music scene focused on environmental sound and field recording. Outlining some of the complexities between film and sound, Luke Fowler's film cycle 'A Grammar for Listening (parts 1-3)' attempts to confront these contradictions through the possibilities afforded by 16mm film and digital sound recording devices. These three films, created in collaboration with sound artists Lee Patterson and Toshiya Tsunoda and composer Éric La Casa respectively, provide a series of collaborations and meditations on the issues raised, and propose a number of tentative navigations through. - All Divided Selves 9.30pm The social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s were spearheaded by the charismatic, guru-like figure of Glasgow born psychiatrist R.D. Laing. In his now classic text 'The Politics of Experience' (1967), Laing argued that normality entailed adjusting ourselves to the mystification of an alienating and depersonalizing world. Thus, those society labels as 'mentally ill' are in fact 'hyper-sane' travelers, conducting an inner voyage through aeonic time. The film concentrates on archival representations of Laing and his colleagues as they struggled to acknowledge the importance of considering social environment and disturbed interaction in institutions as significant factors in the aetiology of human distress and suffering. All Divided Selves reprises the vacillating responses to these radical views and the less forgiving responses to Laing's latter career shift from well-recognized psychiatrist to celebrity poet. A dense, engaging and lyrical collage Fowler weaves archival material with his own filmic observations marrying a dynamic soundtrack of field recordings with recorded music by Éric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Alasdair Roberts. The Modern Institute: Luke Fowler Solo Presentation 3rd Floor, Independent, 548 West 22nd St, New York, NY 10011. March 8-11, 2012. MODERN INSTITUTE http://www.themoderninstitute.com - INDEPENDENT http://www.independentnewyork.com/ Artprojx promotes and screens artist's film and video programs in the context of the cinema, working in collaboration with galleries, artists, art museums and art fairs. http://www.artprojx.com http://davidgryn.wordpress.com 3/9 San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque http://www.sfcinematheque.org 7:30pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street JAAP BLONK: SOUNDTRACKS, SCORES, INTERACTIVE ANIMATIONS Jaap Blonk In Person presented in association with sfSoundSeries [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Dutch artist Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet who has worked since the early 1980s almost exclusively in the realm of improvised vocal performance and Dada inspired concrete poetry. Known for his powerful stage presence and exuberant approach to improvisation, Blonk has, over the years, created a rich body of original work while consistently elaborating the repertoire of seminal avant-garde poets and performers, including Antonin Artaud, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, with his various masterful interpretations of Kurt Schwitters' epic Ursonate being perhaps the best known. Recently, a renewed interest in mathematics has led the artist to explore the possibilities of algorhythmic composition in the creation of works which fuse music, visual animation and poetry. Appearing throughout the Bay Area in early March on an extended U.S. tour, Blonk tonight presents a very rare performance/projection program including live presentations of original graphic scores (possibly to include Rhotic, Proxim and Homage to Antonin Artaud); live tracks to silent films Forest Views (1999, by Bart Vegter) and Emak-Bakia (Man Ray, 1926); an interpretation of Man Ray's composition Lautgedicht (1924) and examples of Blonk's solo videos and "interactive animations," including Song for the Cubists, flababble 1, Traces of Speech and Viceregal Impressions. (Steve Polta) Note: Jaap Blonk will appear throughout the Bay Area March 49. For events listings see www.sfsound.org. 3/9 San Francisco: The Lab http://www.thelab.org/schedule/events/583-barnowldatepalmsmarch9.html 8pm, 2948 16th Street BARN OWL, DATE PALMS, ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE, FILMS BY PAUL CLIPSON Barn Owl is a psychedelic drone band from San Francisco, California, USA, formed by Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras in 2006. "Barn Owl makes densely layered guitar music that is equal parts heavy and beautiful." Based in Oakland, California, Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons (Date Palms) share internationally-spanning solo careers as creative practitioners with a solid foundation in drone music composition and performance. However, it is a mutual love for analogue electric sound sources and tape multitracking that has resulted in their psychedelic, trance-inducing collaboration as Date Palms. "Brian Pyle, aka Ensemble Economique, is something of a chameleon... but, like the films of David Lynch to which sonically this feels akin, underneath a perfect facade is a black-hearted personality." Paul Clipson's projected Super 8 films will accompany each set. Clipson "tak[es] great advantage of the small-gauge camera's pencil-like responsiveness to movement, [and] works from a keen appreciation for the interrelation between fine-grained detail and expansive volumes." ------------------------ SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012 ------------------------ 3/10 Brooklyn, New York: Round Robin Collective 7:00, former Greenpoint Hospital, now Arts@Renaissance, 2 Kingsland Ave. @Maspeth Av. JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS: FILMS BY KERRY LAITALA IN-PERSON screening by Kerry Laitala! Kerry's hand-made alchemical films have won awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Black Maria Film Festival, San Francisco Int'l Film Festival, Big Muddy, and more. 3/10 New York, New York: Artprojx Cinema http://www.artprojx.com/cinema 7pm, SVA Theatre, 333 W.23rd Street MYSTERY SHOW FEATURING LIISA LOUNILA, ERKKA NISSINEN, PILVI TAKALA, TIMO VAITTINEN Artprojx Cinema & AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre For Finnish Media Art presents "Mystery Show". Four Finnish Artists: Liisa Lounila, Erkka Nissinen, Pilvi Takala, Timo Vaittinen on Saturday 10 March 2012 at 7pm and 8pm - followed by a reception with the artists. Program: Liisa Lounila: PLAY>> (2003). Timo Vaittinen: In Da Club (2006). Erkka Nissinen: Rigid Regime (2011). Timo Vaittinen: Central Park (2012). Pilvi Takala: Broad Sense (2012). Liisa Lounila: GIG (2007). Pilvi Takala: Players (2010). Timo Vaittinen: Mystery Show (2007). at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), New York, NY 10011. ENTRY IS FREE. RSVP artprojxcin...@gmail.com to reserve your seat and confirm which screening you prefer. >>>>AV-arkki is the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. AV-arkki's main purpose is to distribute and promote Finnish media art to festivals, events, museums and galleries worldwide. AV-arkki has been a pioneering distributor for over 23 years and has opened up opportunities for artists to get their works recognized internationally. The activities of AV-arkki have contributed to the success that Finnish media art enjoys today. These activities are unique in both Finland and the other Nordic countries. http://www.av-arkki.fi ... >>>> Artprojx is a leading brand that promotes and screens artist's film and video programs generally in the context of the cinema. Working in collaboration with galleries, artists, art museums and art fairs. Artprojx has worked with Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze, ICA, Tate, Whitney Museum, Sadie Coles HQ, Gavin Brown enterprise, Gagosian, White Cube, Hauser & Wirth, Victoria Miro Gallery and many more leading international contemporary art galleries, art fairs and artists. http://www.artprojx.com http://davidgryn.wordpress.com .... This screening event is supported by the Consulate General of Finland in New York, The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and The Finnish Cultural Foundation. 3/10 Oakland, California: Liminal Space http://liminal-space.org/events/barn-owl-date-palms-ensemble-economique-wfilms-by-paul-clipson 8pm, 950 54th Street BARN OWL, DATE PALMS, ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE, W/FILMS BY PAUL CLIPSON Vibration of sound and light simultaneously trace and pass through our corporeal lines. Every micro-component that forms their mass picks a string of our being to weave a cocoon of encompassing space and time. With seemingly effortless fluidity, each of these artists have honed the ability to masterfully craft and set these cocoons adrift towards the vast terrains of the void that stands at the peak of heightened awareness. 3/10 San Francisco, California: Other Cinema http://www.othercinema.com/ 8:30pm, 992 Valencia Street ADAM CURTIS' ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE + Frequently invoked but all too rarely screened, UK wunderkind Adam Curtis' obsessive collage-essays usher in a fascinating new fold in the documentary tradition. Though criticized by orthodox fact-finders, Curtis' works indisputably introduce a speculative platform that encourages the most audacious sort of associative thinkingsome would say conspiratorialthat's a true pleasure to behold. Never before projected in SF, tonight we unveil the entire 2011 triptych All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace. The first of three hour-long episodes, Love and Power features a riveting Mike Wallace interview with Ayn Rand, whose libertarian philosophy serves as the foil for Curtis' argument. Balance of Nature and Monkey in the Machine follow, with short interstitial breathers. Free coffee, plain or spiked! ---------------------- SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012 ---------------------- 3/11 Los Angeles, California: Filmforum http://www.lafilmforum.org/ 7:30pm (doors open 7, box office opens 6:30), Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. L.A. FILMFORUM PRESENTS THE L.A. REBELLION: BOUNDARY-BREAKING SHORTS The early 1970s was a very important time for people of color artist/filmmakers at UCLA. After the arrival of future MacArthur Grant winner Charles Burnett in 1967 and Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima the following year, there emerged a significant black independent movement. The students develop a fecund, cosmopolitan and politically engaged movement that came to be unofficially known, as essayist Ntongela Masilela dubbed, the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers or "LA REBELLION". The first wave of these filmmakers also included Larry Clark, John Reir, Ben Caldwell, Pamela Jones, Carol Blue, Abdosh Abdulhafiz Tommy Wright, Barbara-O, Charles David Brooks III, Jamaa Fanaka. The second continued the remarkable cinematic work with Julie Dash, Sharon Larkin, Barbara McCullough, Bernard Nicolas, Billy Woodberry, Jacqueline Frazier, Adisa Anderson, and Zeinabu irene Davis. The program includes the short films by these makers pursuing less conventional modes of storytelling. In person: Ben Caldwell, more to be announced Curated by Ben Caldwell and Adam Hyman Info: http://alternativeprojections.com/screening-series/the-l-a-rebellion-bou ndary-breaking-shorts/ Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230891 Special thanks to the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Chris Horak, Shannon Kelley, Allyson Nadia Field, and Jacqueline Stewart for their L.A. Rebellion retrospective, restorations, and notes. Screening (Subject to Change): Hour Glass (Haile Gerima, 1971, Digital video, b/w & color, 14 min.), A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan (Jamaa Fanaka [as Walt Gordon], 1972, Digital video, transferred from 16mm blow-up from 8mm, color, 20 min.), Medea (by Ben Caldwell, 1973, Digital video, transferred from 16mm, color, 7 min.), Four Women (Julie Dash, 1975, 16mm, color, 7 min.), Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (by Barbara McCullough, 1979, 35mm, color, 6 min.), Daydream Therapy (Bernard Nicolas, 1977, Digital video, transferred from 16mm, b/w & color, 8 min.), I&I: An African Allegory (Ben Caldwell, 1979, Digital video, transferred from 16mm, color, 32 min.), The Horse (Charles Burnett, 1973, 16mm, 14 min) 3/11 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 6:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue RENé VAUTIER PROGRAM 100 minutes Share + This screening is part of: INTERNATIONALIST CINEMA FOR TODAY Film Notes "Born in 1928 and still at work, René Vautier is the dean of French committed cinema. Author of a hundred films, all his life he has fought on the side of the oppressed against capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism. In the course of his lifelong investigation into the necessity and relativity of images, Vautier has explored a vast array of different possible articulations between visual document and visual argument. Taken as a whole, then, Vautier's work of the last fifty years constitutes the backbone of cinema understood in terms of its ethical and political responsibility. In the process, it has expanded more than any other single work the range of cinematic forms of critical investigation, from poetry to raw document, from pedagogical essay to experimental fiction." Nicole Brenez AFRIQUE 50 (1950, 17 minutes, video. In French with English subtitles.) The first French anti-colonial film. LE GLAS (1964, 5 minutes, video. In French with English subtitles.) A visual poem against Apartheid, narrated by filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety, with music by the Black Panthers. & René Vautier, Brigitte Criton, Buana Kabue and Olivier Tambo FRONTLINE 1976, 75 minutes, video. In French with English subtitles. An analysis of the causes and effects of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. All the films in this program were subtitled by students/interns of Virginia Commonwealth University, The University of Richmond, and the VCU & RU French Film Festival. Thanks to the students/interns, and to Peter S. Kirkpatrick. 3/11 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 8:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue STRANGE ATTRACTORS STRANGE ATTRACTORS: INVESTIGATIONS IN NON-HUMANOID EXTRATERRESTRIAL SEXUALITIES "My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." J. B. S. Haldane, Evolutionary Biologist A screening/reading featuring highlights from STRANGE ATTRACTORS, a book and DVD containing art, writing, and film that envisions the sexualities of beings that may some day be encountered if not in outer space than at least in our dreams! Here we present an extraordinary range of expressions that expand our conception of the possibilities of alien life forms and the nature of sexual desire. What kinds of sentient beings, what types of sexualities, how many erogenous zones and types of erotic pleasure exist out there in the cosmos? STRANGE ATTRACTORS is a collaboration between Encyclopedia Destructica (Christopher Kardambikis and Jasdeep Khaira) and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality (Suzie Silver). The program will include works by: Peggy Ahwesh, Scott Andrew, Jacob Ciocci, Hilary Harp/Suzie Silver, Hooliganship, Jen Inman/Tom McConnell, Amy Johnson, Michael Mallis/Mikey McParlane, Darrin Martin/Torsten Zenas Burns, Shana Moulton, Larry Shea, Joshua Thorson/Mike Harringer. With live readings from: Anselm Berrigan & Christine Kelly. Total running time: ca. 100 minutes. Enter your event announcements by going to the Flicker Weekly Listing Form at http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/thisweek.pl The weekly listing is also available online at Flicker: http://www.hi-beam.net
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