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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 FILM/VIDEO: FEATURE: =========================== "Black Biscuit" by Fabrizio Federico http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=newworkf&readfile=130.ann NEW CALLS FOR ENTRIES: ===================== animateCOLOGNE - Cologne Art & Animation Festival (Cologne, Germany; Deadline: July 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1426.ann Manipulated Image @ art:screen fest 2012 in Sweden (Los Angeles, CA, USA; Deadline: April 24, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1427.ann New Jersey Young Film & Videomakers Festival (Jersey City, NJ, USA; Deadline: May 30, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1428.ann Abstracta (Roma, Italy; Deadline: June 30, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1429.ann THE BAMAKO SYMPOSIUM: MEDIA ARTS IN FOCUS (MALI) (Ghana; Deadline: May 02, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1430.ann INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ARTS COLLABORATORY (Ghana; Deadline: October 02, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1431.ann DEADLINES APPROACHING: ====================== Cologne International Videoart Festival (Cologne, Germany; Deadline: May 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1392.ann The Journal of Short Film Volume 27 (Columbus, Ohio USA; Deadline: April 27, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1394.ann Siciliambiente Documentary Film Festival (San Vito lo Capo, Tp, Italy; Deadline: April 30, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1406.ann MisALT Screening Series Presents: Vulgar Politics (San Francisco, CA, USA; Deadline: May 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1408.ann Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto; Deadline: May 04, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1413.ann International Video Art Festival NOW&AFTER12 (Moscow, Russia; Deadline: April 25, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1420.ann Flamingo Film Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL USA; Deadline: April 13, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1421.ann Radon Lake (Boston, MA, USA; Deadline: May 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1424.ann Manipulated Image @ art:screen fest 2012 in Sweden (Los Angeles, CA, USA; Deadline: April 24, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1427.ann THE BAMAKO SYMPOSIUM: MEDIA ARTS IN FOCUS (MALI) (Ghana; Deadline: May 02, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1430.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): ============================== * Steve Dwoskin's Behindert [April 7, Los Angeles, California] * Kenneth Anger Program [April 7, New York, New York] * Quick Billy [April 7, New York, New York] * John Smalley On Cage and Dada + John Roy On Partch + [April 7, San Francisco, California] * Sharon Lockhart- Double Tide [April 9, Los Angeles, California] * Projection Performance By Bruce Mcclure [April 10, Cambridge, Massachusetts] * The Music Lovers (1970, 123 Min.) By Ken Russell [April 10, Reading, Pennsylvania] * The Observers By Jacqueline Goss [April 11, Boston, MA] * Sara GóMez's De Cierta Manera [April 11, Brooklyn, New York] * Optics O:O At Filmmakers Coop [April 11, New York, NY] * The Free Screen: the Pettifogger [April 11, Toronto, Ontario, Canada] * Living Cinema With Craig Baldwin [April 12, Atlanta, Georgia] * Yvonne Rainier: Lives of Performers [April 12, Chicago, Illinois] * Crosstown Rivals: Films From Ucla and Usc In the 1960s [April 12, Los Angeles, California] * Fragments of Everyday Life: Films By Janis Crystal Lipzin and Francesco Gagliardi [April 12, Los Angeles, California] * Quick Billy [April 12, New York, New York] * Baillie/Crockwell Program [April 12, New York, New York] * Mfj 55 Launch Screening and Celebration [April 12, New York, New York] * Mfj 55 Screening and Celelbration [April 12, New York] * Mena Experimental: An Evening of Experimental Film and New Media From the Middle East, North Africa, and Diasporas [April 12, San Francisco, California] * My Mars Bar Movie [April 13, New York, New York] * Stan Brakhage Program 1 [April 14, New York, New York] * Dog Star Man [April 14, New York, New York] * My Mars Bar Movie [April 14, New York, New York] * John Davis On Thunderbolt Pagoda + Lori Varga's Toy Synths + Cox' Korgs + [April 14, San Francisco, California] * The Pittsburgh Trilogy [April 15, New York, New York] * Songs 1-14 [April 15, New York, New York] * My Mars Bar Movie [April 15, New York, New York] Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE. ----------------------- SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012 ----------------------- 4/7 Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ 8 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St (at Sunset) STEVE DWOSKIN'S BEHINDERT "The main intention of BEHINDERT is to express some of the subjective perspectives within the social/personal confinements of a personal relationship, as seen from the point of view of the physically disabled person. This position was taken for two principal reasons: to eliminate or reduce the "objectivity and sympathy" views normally given to the subject; and to try to deal with the personal and emotional entanglements that the (or a) disabled person encounters in the so-called "normal social/personal" areas of life. The mere mention of a film concerned with the subject of physical disability conjures up preconceived notions and images as to the type of film it is. It is put aside as a medical/social document of little importance, particularly by film people who think of films as "political," "narrative," "entertainment," "poetic," or "structural." This film is about the physically normal and disabled in confrontation, but not literal relations. It is a documentary without being one. The content lies beneath the film. The material is treated subjectively, and crosses fiction with realistic documents, without a clear distinction." (Steve Dwoskin) 1974, 96 minutes, projected from 16mm. 4/7 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 4:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue KENNETH ANGER PROGRAM FIREWORKS (1947, 20 minutes, 35mm, b&w) RABBIT'S MOON (1950-70, 15 minutes, 35mm) EAUX D'ARTIFICE (1953, 13 minutes, 16mm) SCORPIO RISING (1963, 30 minutes, 35mm) KUSTOM KAR KOMMANDOS (1965, 3 minutes, 16mm) Poetry, psychodrama, and the occult meet in these timeless works by one of the pioneers of the American avant-garde film. Total running time: ca. 80 minutes. 4/7 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue QUICK BILLY by Bruce Baillie 1971, 73 minutes, 16mm Bruce Baillie's journey through "the dark wood encountered in the middle of life's journey" (Dante), with references to Bardo Thodol. A major work from one of the great poets of cinema. 4/7 San Francisco, California: Other Cinema http://www.othercinema.com/ 8:30pm, 992 Valencia Street JOHN SMALLEY ON CAGE AND DADA + JOHN ROY ON PARTCH + John Smalley's enlightening lecture-demo John Cage and the Spirit of Dada examines Cage in relation to collage and experimental techniques pioneered by the Dadaists and Constructivists. Embedding copious Cage musical clips and documentary excerpts, John also explores the complex exchanges with other avant-gardists such as Duchamp, Satie, Ono, La Monte Young, and the Fluxus circle. ALSO: John Roy flies in from Atlanta to introduce his in-progress Bitter Music, on another beloved "hobohemian," Harry Partch. Doc sequences and a historic newsreel from Mills College flesh out Roy's tribute. $7. --------------------- MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 --------------------- 4/9 Los Angeles, California: Redcat http://www.redcat.org/ 8:30pm, 631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 SHARON LOCKHART- DOUBLE TIDE 16mm transferred to HD, color, sound, 93 min., 2009 In the wake of her cinematic meditations on the relationship between laboring bodies and their environmentNO (2003) and Lunch Break (2008), both shown at REDCATartist/filmmaker Sharon Lockhart positioned her camera in the wild coastal landscape of Seal Cove, Maine, a historic site for commercial clamming. Following the backbreaking efforts of clam digger Jen Casad, the film unfolds in two uninterrupted takes to capture the rare phenomenon of "double tide"when low tide occurs twice during daylight hours, once at dawn and once at dusk. The splendid imagery is matched by a seductive sound track, bird chirpings mixed with the sound of wind, water and an invisible foghorn, interrupted just once by the digger's lone, moving cry. In person: Sharon Lockhart. Jack H. Skirball Screening Series/ Tickets $10 [students $8, CalArts $5] ----------------------- TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012 ----------------------- 4/10 Cambridge, Massachusetts: Balagan http://www.balaganfilms.com 8:00pm, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street PROJECTION PERFORMANCE BY BRUCE MCCLURE HIS SCAFFOLD IS THERE SET UP AS IF TO EDIFY / $10 regular / $8 student and senior. / Bruce McClure, an architect turned filmmaker with an inclination toward rock-stardom, utilizes multiple 16mm projectors and short film loops to create rhythmic strobes and drones, all filtered through an array of guitar effects pedals and turned up to 11. The sound-image relationship slowly evolves as the loops drift to different phases of syncopation. The physicality of the flashing light and penetrative audio results in a visceral, transcendent experience. / "Drawing out great aims, I'll close my eyes and you like a pothook for the family gibbet, will hold pardonable confusion. Doole-doo the gallows bird calls to unnecessary attention the errors, omissions, repetitions and misalignments . . . seated with such flop right down determination. My working premise embraces methodological blunders and contingency in an argument whose conclusion, while undefined, is wholly concerned with the operational structure of organizations that transfer information, energy and material. In an assembly of shaded spaces spectacle is accessorized, anthologized and archived by a richness of technological means. So too my motley agents of provocation are normalized as performances commissioned to the public with mostly tangential benefits. Change ringing and ringing societies - the carillonneur will ring his glockenspiel, Rng rng! Rng rng!" - B.M., April 1, 2012 4/10 Reading, Pennsylvania: Berks Filmmakers, Inc http://berksfilmmakers.org 7:30 p.m., Albright College Center for the Arts THE MUSIC LOVERS (1970, 123 MIN.) BY KEN RUSSELL "The Music Lovers, an extended 1970 fever dream on Tchaikovsky's sexual torment that opens in medias res with a wordless scene of lushly scored winter revelry. In a favored Russell technique, single eventslike a public recital wracked with excitement and insecurityare elongated by long fantasy sequences, and whole stretches of images seem pushed and pulled along before our eyes by projected desires and anxieties. Cutting himself off from a secret relationship with a count, Tchaikovsky convinces himself to accept the fanaticism of an admirer ([Glenda]Jackson, a Russell axiom), and weds to pursue a new fantasy. As the composer-conductor, Richard Chamberlain looks like he might shiver into pieces." Nicolas Rapold, The Village Voice ------------------------- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 ------------------------- 4/11 Boston, MA: MassART FILM SOCIETY http://massartfilmsociety.blogspot.com/ 7:00, Massachusetts College of Art and Design THE OBSERVERS BY JACQUELINE GOSS MassART FILM SOCIETY presents Jacqueline Goss - THE OBSERVERS (2011) - Shot on 16mm film with a small crew, 'The Observers' is based on the actual work of the crew of the Mount Washington Weather Observatory -- one of the oldest weather stations in the world where staff members have taken hourly readings of the wind speed and temperature since 1932. In 1934, the staff recorded a wind speed of 231 mph --the highest wind speed ever recorded by a human being. - The land and sky of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire form a frame for two climatologists as they go about the, solitary and steadfast work of measuring and recording the weather. Based in part on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story - "The Great Carbuncle," this film features the extreme and varying beauty of the windiest mountain in the world. - http://www.observatoryfilm.com/ - "I like stories about people who set out to objectively measure or chart something and then fail in interesting ways when they get tangled up in the natural color and noise of the world." -Jacqueline Goss - Jacqueline Goss makes movies and web-based works that explore how political, cultural, and scientific systems change the ways we think about ourselves. For the last few years she has used 2D digital animation techniques to work within the genre of the animated documentary. - Her most recent videos are "How To Fix The World" --a look at Soviet-sponsored literacy programs in 1930's Central Asia and "Stranger Comes To Town" an animated documentary about the identity-tracking of immigrants and travelers coming into the United States. - A native of New Hampshire, she attended Brown University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is a 2008 Tribeca Film Institute Media Arts Fellow and the 2007 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in film and Video. - Her current project is "The Observers" -- a portrait of the summit of Mount Washington, NH: home to the highest human-recorded wind speed and one of the oldest weather observatories in the western hemisphere. - http://www.jacquelinegoss.com/ - MASSART FILM SOCIETY, Programmed by Saul Levine, is a screening class for MassArt film students open to those who are interested. We hope to provide access to films and videos not often shown at other venues. - http://massartfilmsociety.blogspot.com/ - Directions: Held @ Massachusetts College of Art Film Department in screening room 1. 621 Huntington Ave. Boston MA 02115. On the T take the green line E train to Longwood stop or 39 Bus. - Entrance through MassART after 7pm is through Public Safety on Evans Way/Tetlow St 4/11 Brooklyn, New York: Light Industry http://www.lightindustry.org/ 7:30, Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street SARA GóMEZ'S DE CIERTA MANERA De cierta manera (One Way or Another) - Sara Gómez, 16mm, 1977, 78 mins - A pioneering figure of Cuban cinema, Sara Gómez was one of the first women to work within the auspices of the ICAIC, Cuba's post-Revolutionary film ministry. De cierta manera, her only feature film, was the first by a woman in Cuba, the first shot on 16mm in Cuba, and one of the few made by an Afro-Cuban director. Yet she did not live to see its ultimate realization. Gómez died during production, at age 31, and De cierta manera would be finished by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and other colleagues several years after Gómez completed cinematography. - While many of these historical markers would make De cierta manera worthy of attention, the film stands on its own as a dramatic rethinking of cinematic form and purpose, radical even by contemporaneous Cuban standards. To achieve her complex portrait of still-marginalized communitiesformer slum-dwellers, now working under the Revolution, who cling to regressive aspects of machismo and mysticismGómez shifts between a variety of narrative modes, attacking the ongoing problems of the revolutionary project through historical analysis, street-level documentary, and a fictionalized love story. As Gómez says in the film's opening credits, it is "a film about real people, and some fictitious ones." Hers is a critique of the ongoing Revolution from within, sussing out its internal contradictions, showing how entrenched attitudes around race, social class and gender in Cuban culture pose threats to the greater goal of constructing a society based around true equality. The film begins in media res and ends, pointedly, without resolution. - Tickets - $7, available at door. - Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm. 4/11 New York, NY: Filmmakers Co-op 8pm, Charles S. Cohen Screening Room at the Film-Makers' COOP, 475 Park Avenue South #603 OPTICS O:O AT FILMMAKERS COOP Entry: $10, No RSVP Necessary (but to secure a seat, email: filmmakersc...@gmail.com) - Limited seating. - Booze and bites served. - - PURE FEEDBACK: Revisited, slightly, Back by popular demand! - Scott Bartlett and Tom DeWitt Ditto, Curated by Victoria Keddie from the vaults of Film-Makers COOP - - Programme: - "The Leap" (1968) 16mm\; 7min, color by Tom DeWitt Ditto - "The Fall" (1971) 16mm\; 19min, color by Tom DeWitt Ditto - "OFFON" (1967) 16mm\; 9min, color by Scott Bartlett - "Moon 1969" (1969) 16mm\; 15min, color by Scott Bartlett - (encore) "Lovemaking" (1970) 16mm\; 13min, color by Scott Bartlett - TRT: 80 min (approx) - - 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). - http://film-makerscoop.com/ 4/11 Toronto, Ontario, Canada: TIFF Bell Lightbox http://www.tiff.net 7:00pm, 350 King Street West THE FREE SCREEN: THE PETTIFOGGER American collage artist Lewis Klahr has been making films for over thirty years, re-animating found objects into rich reveries of pop culture dream-narratives. His filmmaking is one of paper ephemera, comic-book cutouts and marked playing cards. The textures of his found material become even more alive with Klahr's recent turn towards HD photography: the coloured half-tone dots of mid-century printing processes and the surface quality of aging paper become vividly foregrounded, a mixture of Lichtenstein and Frankenstein. Klahr's longest piece to date is an elliptical narrative of a year in the life of an American gambler and con man (the "petty fugger" of the title), circa 1963. A narcotic mixture of noir-driven intrigue and brooding, contemplative passages driven by strong mood music and found dialogue from radio potboilers, The Pettifogger is "an abstract crime film and, like many other crime films involving larceny, a sensorial exploration of the virulence of unfettered capitalism. An impressionistic collage film, culled from a wide variety of image and sound sources that fully exploits the hieroglyphic essence of cutouts to ponder what appropriation and stealing have in common" (Klahr). Director Lewis Klahr will be in attendance. ------------------------ THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 ------------------------ 4/12 Atlanta, Georgia: Contraband Cinema http://contrabandcinema.com/100/living-cinema-with-craig-baldwin-in-atlanta-april-12-2012.html 8pm, 489 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 LIVING CINEMA WITH CRAIG BALDWIN On April 12th 2012 three film communities join forces to bring west coast underground film legend Craig Baldwin to Atlanta. One of Senses Of Cinema's "great directors", Craig Baldwin is a recombinatory filmmaker who exists at the edge of contemporary cinema both through his films and his weekly film series, Other Cinema. The spread of his films in the last two decades, particularly Tribulation 99, Sonic Outlaws and Spectres of the Spectrum, introduced archival retrieval and culture jam to a wider audience of cineastes who embrace, implement and teach these practices. In 2003 Baldwin created the Other Cinema Digital label which highlights and distributes films from his 25+ years of microcinema programming. Under Baldwin's leadership Other Cinema remains the long-standing bastion of alternative film, video and performance in San Francisco's Mission District. Atlanta's own film series Film Love, GSU's Peripheral Visions, and Contraband Cinema fuse to recreate the Other Cinema experience at Atlanta's 489 Edgewood space where Craig Baldwin will host a screening and performance of living cinema. Entry is $7. Thursday, April 12th 8pm at 489 Edgewood. 4/12 Chicago, Illinois: Conversations at the Edge http://www.saic.edu/cateblog 6pm, 164 N. State YVONNE RAINIER: LIVES OF PERFORMERS Yvonne Rainer in person. For the last half-century, Yvonne Rainer has played a central role in the American avant-garde with her influential works in dance, film, and print. This evening, she presents her acclaimed first feature, Lives of Performers (1972). Embodying Rainer's aesthetic rigor and wit, the film combines fiction and documentary, script readings, dance snippets, still photos, and tableaux vivants to explore issues of power and gender that influence the emotional lives of her performers. Presented in collaboration with the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, which features a lecture by Yvonne Rainier on April 11, 6:00 p.m., The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave. 1972, USA, 16mm, 90 minutes + discussion 4/12 Los Angeles, California: Filmforum http://www.lafilmforum.org/ 7:30pm (box office opens 6:30), James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, 235 Charles E. Young Drive (East) CROSSTOWN RIVALS: FILMS FROM UCLA AND USC IN THE 1960S Enthused by the possibilities of "underground" film, energetic students at Los Angeles' leading universities made a healthy amount of work using alternative approaches in the 1960s. This work gained notoriety in the mass media, with an article in Time Magazine, among others. The most well-known filmmaker to come out of this period is George Lucas, but we'll also be looking at remarkable students works by Penelope Spheeris, David Lebrun, Paul Golding, Robert Abel, John Milius, Burton Gershfield, Bruce Green, and Rob Thompson. Politically and socially activated works, experimenting in animation, collage, documentary, and narrative, topped by two unusual science fiction films from Spheeris and Lucas. The program will screen again, but in a different order, at USC on April 19 so each university has a chance to be the home team. In person: David Lebrun, others to be announced (schedules permitting) Info: http://bit.ly/GBHJjJ Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis (one ticket per person) at the James Bridges Theater box office, starting one hour before showtime. 4/12 Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ 8 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St (at Sunset) FRAGMENTS OF EVERYDAY LIFE: FILMS BY JANIS CRYSTAL LIPZIN AND FRANCESCO GAGLIARDI $5 / The films on tonight's program all draw upon small moments from every day life to create complex mosaics with multiple layers of meaning. San Francisco Bay Area-based Janis Crystal Lipzin is an interdisciplinary artist who has created over two dozen films and videos, and whose work has been featured in numerous museum shows including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and numerous galleries and festivals. Her works shown tonightTrepanations (Super 8 on video), Visible Inventory Six: Motel Dissolve and Visible Inventory 9: Pattern of Events (both 16mm)simultaneously present different sources of information, drawn from personal correspondence, newspapers, and texts by Gertrude Stein, among others, that complicate and reflect upon the potentials of meaning through differing modes of communication between people as well as between places. Francesco Gagliardi is a performance artist and occasional filmmaker based in Toronto. His film Short Sentences (Super 8 on video) was made over the course of twelve years, filming friends, family, and acquaintances on Super 8 film and recording their voices on a handheld cassette recorder as a performance of Gertrude Stein's play of the same name. FILMMAKERS JANIS CRYSTAL LIPZIN AND FRANCESCO GAGLIARDI IN ATTENDANCE! 4/12 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue QUICK BILLY by Bruce Baillie 1971, 73 minutes, 16mm Bruce Baillie's journey through "the dark wood encountered in the middle of life's journey" (Dante), with references to Bardo Thodol. A major work from one of the great poets of cinema. 4/12 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 8:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue BAILLIE/CROCKWELL PROGRAM Bruce Baillie MASS FOR THE DAKOTA SIOUX (1963-64, 20 minutes, 16mm, b&w) QUIXOTE (1964-65, 45 minutes, 16mm) CASTRO STREET (1966, 10 minutes, 16mm) ALL MY LIFE (1966, 3 minutes, 16mm) VALENTIN DE LAS SIERRAS (1968, 10 minutes, 16mm) Meditations on America by a filmmaker whom Willard van Dyke once called the most American of all contemporary filmmakers. Annette Michelson has referred to Bruce Baillie as one of the few American political filmmakers. Douglass Crockwell GLENS FALLS SEQUENCE (1964, 8 minutes, 16mm) "The basic idea was to paint continuing pictures on various layers with plastic paint, adding at times and removing at times, and to a certain extent these early attempts were successful." D.C. Total running time: ca. 100 minutes. 4/12 New York, New York: Millennium Film Workshop http://www.millenniumfilm.org/ 8pm, 66 East 4th Street MFJ 55 LAUNCH SCREENING AND CELEBRATION Screening to celebrate the publication of Millennium Film Journal No. 55: "Structures & Spaces: Cine-Installation." ...... Works screened by artists Including Christoph Girardet, Alfred Guzzetti, Marie Losier and Steina, ........... as well as a 16mm print of the late Robert Nelson's classic Oh Dem Watermelons with the Steve Reich soundtrack (courtesy Mark Toscano) ............ Copies of the journal will be available. 4/12 New York: Millennium Film Workshop http://www.millenniumfilm.org/ 7:00, 66 East 4th Stree MFJ 55 SCREENING AND CELELBRATION Screening to celebrate the publication of Millennium FIlm Journal No. 55 "Structures and Spaces: Cine Installation" including works by CHRISTOPH GIRARDET, ALFRED GUZZETTI, MARIE LOSIER, ROBERT NELSON, and STEINA 4/12 San Francisco, California: Artists Television Access http://www.atasite.org/ 7:30, Artists' Television Access 992 valencia street MENA EXPERIMENTAL: AN EVENING OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM AND NEW MEDIA FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA, AND DIASPORAS The Arts at CIIS, in collaboration with ATA, presents MENA Experimental, an ongoing occasional series featuring experimental film and new media from the Middle East, North Africa, and their diasporas. This first evening includes recent short films and videos from emerging and established international artists, live music during intermission with Nadia Shihab, and a reception. Curated by Targol Mesbah and Deirdre Visser. Part 1. Intimate Distance: The program's first half explores forms of intimate relationships in both social and private spaces; in moments barely palpable, and at other times relating to state and colonial power. Each film navigates gender norms differently, with complexity and depth. Works by Danielle Arbid, Alexandra Handal, Filipe Rodrigues Afonso, and EdwardSalem. (45 mins) Part 2. Witness, Amiss: The films in the second half explore the ethics of looking at images of suffering and war. The role of the artist in mediating, appropriating, and reframing images of violence emerges as a focus across the various works. These films navigate the ethics and complicities of viewership within new media technologies of representation andwarfare. Works by Ali Dadgar, Peter Freund, Beate Hecher, Markus Keim, Jacopo Natoli, Edward Salem, and Azin Seraj. (43 mins) $6 ---------------------- FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 ---------------------- 4/13 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 8:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue MY MARS BAR MOVIE by Jonas Mekas 2011, 87 minutes, video Share + Film Notes SPECIAL SCREENINGS! Anthology is overjoyed to present this new film by Jonas Mekas, a tribute to the dear, departed Mars Bar. Our neighbor ever since we moved to the Second Avenue Courthouse building in 1988, the Mars Bar represented an undiluted blast of the old East Village, keeping alive the punk sensibility and anarchic attitude that's increasingly a thing of the past in this part of the city. Destined to be replaced by yet another glass condo building, and taking a piece of our heart with it to the grave, the Mars Bar nevertheless lives on through Mekas's lens! "For some twenty years, Mars Bar, at the corner of First Street and Second Avenue, Manhattan, has been my bar. That's where we went for beer and tequila whenever we had to take a break from our work at Anthology Film Archives, and it was also a bar where most of those who came to see movies at Anthology ended up after the shows. We always had a great time at Mars Bar. It was always open, there was always the jukebox, and very often there was no electricity, and it was old and messy and it didn't want to be any other way it was the last escape place left in downtown New York. So this is my love letter to it, to my Mars Bar. Mars Bar as I knew it." J.M. ------------------------ SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 ------------------------ 4/14 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 4:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue STAN BRAKHAGE PROGRAM 1 DESISTFILM (1954, 7 min, 16mm, sound) REFLECTIONS ON BLACK (1955, 12 min, 16mm, sound) THE WONDER RING (1955, 4 min, 16mm) FLESH OF MORNING (1956, 25 min, 16mm) DAYBREAK AND WHITEYE (1957, 8 min, 16mm) WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING (1959, 12 min, 16mm) Films made during the early, "psychodramatic" period of one of modern cinema's greatest innovators, including two of his early experiments with sound. Total running time: ca. 75 minutes. 4/14 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 5:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue DOG STAR MAN by Stan Brakhage 1961-64, 74 minutes, 16mm A masterwork in which all of Brakhage's techniques achieve a complex synthesis to produce one of cinema's supreme epic poems. "The film breathes and is an organic and surging thing it is a colossal lyrical adventure-dance of image in every variation of color." Michael McClure, ARTFORUM 4/14 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue MY MARS BAR MOVIE See notes for April 13, 8 pm. 4/14 San Francisco, California: Other Cinema http://www.othercinema.com/ 8:30pm, 992 Valencia Street JOHN DAVIS ON THUNDERBOLT PAGODA + LORI VARGAS TOY SYNTHS + COX' KORGS + The first in our Psychedelia series, tonight's show resonates with the switched-on groove of the analog synthesizer subculture. Headlining is John Davis' live-track to Ira Cohen's legendary Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda. PLUS: We welcome back to the Bay Area Ms. Lori Varga, who cleverly demonstrates 9 "modified" oddities from her mini-synth collection, inviting audience into hands-on experience! David Cox shows off both the impossibly funky Optigan and also its iteration as an iPhone app! Concluding the evening is Matthew Bate's What the Future Sounded Like, a half-hr. BBC doc on the early synth scene in '60s England, with clips of Roxy Music-era Brian Eno, Hawkwind, and Dr. Who. Come early for Bob Moog clips, early Soviet Theremin, Raymond Scott initiatives, Negativland Boopers, and bio-feedback bliss! $6.66. ---------------------- SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 ---------------------- 4/15 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 3:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue THE PITTSBURGH TRILOGY by Stan Brakhage Share + Film Notes EYES 1970, 36 minutes, 16mm, silent. "After wishing for years to be given-the-opportunity of filming some of the more 'mystical' occupations of our Times some of the more obscure Public Figures which the average imagination turns into 'bogeymen'... viz.: Policemen, Doctors, Soldiers, Politicians, etc.: I was at last permitted to ride in a Pittsburgh police car, camera in hand, the final several days of September 1970." S.B. & DEUS EX 1971, 34 minutes, 16mm, silent. "I have been many times very ill in hospitals; and I drew on all that experience while making DEUS EX in West Penn. Hospital of Pittsburgh; but I was especially inspired by the memory of one incident in an emergency room of San Francisco's Mission District: while waiting for medical help, I had held myself together by reading an April-May 1965 issue of 'Poetry Magazine': and the following lines from Charles Olson's 'Cole's Island' had especially centered the experience, 'touchstone' of DEUS EX, for me: Charles begins the poem with the statement 'I met Death ' And then: 'He didn't bother me, or say anything. Which is / not surprising, a person might not, in the circumstances; / or at most a nod or something. Or they would. But they wouldn't, / or you wouldn't think to either, / it was Death. And / He certainly was, the moment I saw him.'" S.B. & THE ACT OF SEEING WITH ONE'S OWN EYES 1971, 32 minutes, 16mm, silent. " Brakhage, entering, with his camera, one of the forbidden, terrific locations of our culture, the autopsy room. It is a place wherein, inversely, life is cherished, for it exists to affirm that no one of us may die without our knowing exactly why. All of us, in the person of the coroner, must see that, for ourselves, with our own eyes. It is a room full of appalling particular intimacies, the last ditch of individuation. Here our vague nightmare of mortality acquires the names and faces of others." Hollis Frampton Total running time: ca. 105 minutes. 4/15 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 6:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue SONGS 1-14 "SONG 1: Portrait of a lady. SONGS 2 & 3: Fire and a mind's movement in remembering. SONG 4: Three girls playing with a ball. Hand painted. SONG 5: A childbirth song. SONG 6: The painted veil via moth-death. SONG 7: San Francisco. SONG 8: Sea creatures. SONG 9: Wedding source and substance. SONG 10: Sitting around. SONG 11: Fires, windows, an insect, a lyre of rain scratches. SONG 12: Verticals and shadows caught in glass traps. SONG 13: A travel song of scenes and horizontals. SONG 14: Molds, paints and crystals." S.B. 4/15 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue MY MARS BAR MOVIE See notes for April 13, 7:30 pm. 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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