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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: ===================== Buried/Exhumed 16mm Film Suggestion (Baltimore, MD; Deadline: August 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1471.ann DEADLINES APPROACHING: ====================== MADATAC 04 (Madrid_Spain; Deadline: August 31, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1415.ann PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV, USA; Deadline: August 13, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1419.ann FLEFF (Ithaca, NY, USA; Deadline: August 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1446.ann The 8 Fest (Toronto, Canada; Deadline: September 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1455.ann Last Vacancies 2012 Portugal Rural Artistic Residencies (Tondela, Portugal; Deadline: September 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1465.ann The 8 Fest (Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Deadline: September 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1467.ann the 8 fest (Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Deadline: September 01, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1470.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): ============================== * Impact 2012 - A Festival of Political Art Presents: Political Films By Ken Jacobs [August 11, New York, NY] * Essential Cinema: Genet/Frank & Leslie Program [August 11, New York, New York] * Black Sun Cinema [August 12, Cork, Ireland] * Essential Cinema: Grant/Jacobs & Fleischner Program [August 12, New York, New York] * Early Monthly Segments #42 = Susan Sontag's Promised Lands [August 13, Toronto, Ontario, Canada] * Private Territory: Helsinki [August 16, Helsinki, Finland] * Tonewheel/Film Reel: Personal Film Work of Douglas Katelus [August 16, Los Angeles, California] * Lateral Mobility: A Send-Off Show For Kara Herold [August 16, San Francisco, CA] * Cindy Sherman Selects Film Series: the Texas Chainsaw Massacre [August 16, San Francisco, California] * Environmental Film Series - the Whale [August 17, Chicago, Illinois] * Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema [August 17, Los Angeles, California] * Essential Cinema: the Parson's Widow [August 17, New York, New York] * Private Territory: Stockholm [August 17, Stockholm, Sweden] * A Place On Earth [August 18, Los Angeles, California] * Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema - 2. Daily Business [August 18, Los Angeles, California] * Essential Cinema: Vampyr [August 18, New York, New York] * Essential Cinema: the Passion of Joan of Arc [August 18, New York, New York] * Essential Cinema: Day of Wrath [August 19, New York, New York] * Essential Cinema: Ordet [August 19, New York, New York] Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE. ------------------------- SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012 ------------------------- 8/11 New York, NY: Filmmakers Co-op 10pm, Culture Project: 45 Bleecker Street IMPACT 2012 - A FESTIVAL OF POLITICAL ART PRESENTS: POLITICAL FILMS BY KEN JACOBS Impact 2012 - A Festival of Political Art, in collaboration with The Film-Makers' Coop presents Political Films by Ken Jacobs. - Screening: Another Occupation (2011) and Seeking the Monkey King (2011) - Ken Jacobs in person & MM Serra discussion. - Saturday, August 11th 2012, 10PM at Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street. - Sponsored in part by The New York State Council on the Arts. 8/11 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 5:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: GENET/FRANK & LESLIE PROGRAM Jean Genet UN CHANT D'AMOUR 1950, 26 minutes, 16mm, b&w, silent. Jean Genet's poetic expression of male eroticism pitted against the confines of prison cells and a homophobic state a powerfully resonant work that explores individual freedom and the laws of desire. Robert Frank & Alfred Leslie PULL MY DAISY 1959, 28 minutes, 35mm, b&w. A largely spontaneous experiment, arranged in 1959 by Robert Frank along with Alfred Leslie. They enlisted the participation of Jack Kerouac, who offered in place of an original screenplay a stage play he'd never finished writing, "The Beat Generation." The plot is based on an incident in the life of Neal Cassady and his wife Carolyn. They're raising a family and trying to fit in with their suburban neighbors, and one night they invite a respectable neighborhood bishop over for dinner. But Neal's Beat friends crash the party, and that Marx Brothers-like scenario is the closest thing the film has to a storyline. Total running time: ca. 60 minutes. ----------------------- SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012 ----------------------- 8/12 Cork, Ireland: Black Sun http://blacksuncork.tumblr.com/ 13:30, Triskel Christchurch Cinema BLACK SUN CINEMA Black Sun, Cork's weirdo/outer limits music and film event, is presenting its first ever all-film event in partnership with Triskel Christchurch. Adventurous audiences with a taste for the more far-out side of experimental cinema will be treated to a whole afternoon of dreamlike and hauntingly unsettling avant-garde visions. American underground legend James Fotopoulos' feature The Nest (2003) "makes it seem as though he is some extraterrestrial visitor photographing humans for the first time" (Variety) and is ideal, mind-warping viewing for David Lynch fans who think they've seen everything. The five-film mini-retrospective of Frans Zwartjes' claustrophobically stylised short films fully justifies the reputation of this poet of voyeurism and sexual tension as perhaps Holland's preeminent experimental filmmaker. And three of Ireland's most uncompromising alternative filmmakers, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh and Maximilian Le Cain, will be on hand to present a series of their more disturbing shorts. Visit www.blacksuncork.tumblr.com for more details. 8/12 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 5:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: GRANT/JACOBS & FLEISCHNER PROGRAM Dwinell Grant COMPOSITION #2 CONTRATHEMIS 1941, 5 minutes, 16mm, color, silent. "An attempt to develop visual abstract themes and to counterpoint them in a planned, formal composition." D.G. "Austere and chaste combinations, with subtle manipulation of structure, density and rhythm."William Moritz STOP MOTION TESTS 1942, 3 minutes, 16mm, color, silent. A self-portrait. COLOR SEQUENCE 1943, 3 minutes, 16mm, color, silent. "Pure solid-color frames which fade, mutate and flicker. A research into color rhythms and perceptual phenomena." William Moritz Ken Jacobs LITTLE STABS AT HAPPINESS 1959-63, 18 minutes, 16mm, color. Featuring Jack Smith. "Material was cut in as it came out of the camera, embarrassing moments intact. 100' rolls timed well with music on old 78s. I was interested in immediacy, a sense of ease, and an art where suffering was acknowledged but not trivialized with dramatics. Whimsy was our achievement as well as breaking out of step." K.J. Ken Jacobs & Bob Fleischner BLONDE COBRA 1959-63, 35 minutes, 16-to-35mm blow-up, b&w/color. Featuring Jack Smith. Preserved by Anthology, with the generous support of The Film Foundation, The National Film Preservation Foundation, Simon Lund and Cineric, Inc. "BLONDE COBRA is an erratic narrative no, not really a narrative, it's only stretched out in time for convenience of delivery. It's a look in on an exploding life, on a man of imagination suffering pre-fashionable Lower East Side deprivation and consumed with American 1950s, 40s, 30s disgust. Silly, self-pitying, guilt-strictured and yet triumphing on one level over the situation with style enticing us into an absurd moral posture the better to dismiss us with a regal 'screw off.'" K.J. Total running time: ca. 70 minutes. ----------------------- MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012 ----------------------- 8/13 Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Early Monthly Segments http://earlymonthlysegments.org/ 8:00 PM, Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West EARLY MONTHLY SEGMENTS #42 = SUSAN SONTAG'S PROMISED LANDS We're thrilled to present a recently preserved 16mm print of Susan Sontag's only documentary. Filmed during the bitter end of Israel's Yom Kippur War in 1973, and subsequently banned in Israel upon release, she called it her "most personal film." From Harvard Film Archive: In her writing as in this film, Sontag preferred "collage, assemblage, and inventory." Lingering shots of mourners at the Wailing Wall, abandoned remains of humans and their machines, and soldiers reenacting war in a psychiatric ward interact with sequences of herdsmen minding goats, people chatting at the market, and children holding hands. "It is a film about a mental landscape...as well as a physical and political one." said Sontag. Unidentified voices sometimes reinforce, sometimes counter her visual chronicle itself containing many contradictions amid the grief and gunfire. Pondering the origins and probable outcome of "two rights opposing each other," Israeli writer Yoram Kaniuk and physicist Yuval Ne'eman typify variations of the intellectual speculation that continues today. Painfully present, Promised Lands reverberates like the bells in the opening shots or the recurring heart monitor sound flat-lining and coming to life again ominous yet hopeful, always a lament. WEBSITE: www.earlymonthlysegments.org ------------------------- THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012 ------------------------- 8/16 Helsinki, Finland: Balagan Films http://www.balaganfilms.com 20:00, Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts (Harakka Island) PRIVATE TERRITORY: HELSINKI Program of events on Harakka Island: last day of datadada - mail art exhibition, open from 12.00 - 16.00 /// sound art concert at 16.00 by Jukka Hautamäki /// 18.00 Manifesto-performance by media artist Mia Mäkelä /// 20.00 Private Territory screening: In addition to 16mm films from North American filmmakers Saul Levine, Robert Todd, Shambhavi Kaul, Jodie Mack and others, the program will include works by Finnish artists Marja Mikkonen and Anna Nykyri, and Masha Godovannaya (St. Petersburg). 8/16 Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ 8 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St (at Sunset) TONEWHEEL/FILM REEL: PERSONAL FILM WORK OF DOUGLAS KATELUS Tonewheel / Film Reel is a program of 16mm film and video work by Douglas Katelus, a San Francisco based filmmaker and organist. These movies are derived from observation while occasionally searching for what sits below those endless layers of asphalt, concrete and gasoline. The evening's program will be in two parts. First a never-ending road trip followed by an homage to dead technology and lost landscape. Numerous works will be screened produced between 20042012. The most recent of which are set to a live musical performance on the Hammond Organ. 8/16 San Francisco, CA: Artists Television Access http://www.atasite.org/ 7pm, 992 valencia street, LATERAL MOBILITY: A SEND-OFF SHOW FOR KARA HEROLD Come to Artists' Television Access and bid a fond farewell to Kara Herold! Just two days later, she'll be on her way to Syracuse University to start her new career as Assistant Professor of AV tech -- er, Film and Video production. - And in the true hustling spirit of independent art-making, you can both celebrate Kara's 20+ years in the SF media arts community AND help her raise funds for her current multimedia live-cinema project, Warrior 3: A Tale of Meager Transcendence. - Plus, there will be FREE BEER AND WINE. And raffle items: grand prize, career advice from Kara's mom and a Zen Priest! - You will also enjoy readings, films, and performances by Anjali Sundaram, Monica Nolan, Lynn Peril, Christy Chan, Monica Bhatnagar, Keith Wilson, and Gibbs Chapman. Finally, Kara will show excepts from Warrior 3. - Did we mention there'll be FREE BEER AND WINE? And the chance to win some career advice? And to celebrate Kara's old and new careers! - And say good-bye. - $10 door donation (remember, free beer & wine!)\; but because it's a going away party, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. - And there's no objection to further donations! You can write those off your taxes if you donate through Kara's fiscal sponsor: http://www.sffs.org/donate/donate-now.aspx?pid=1338 - - Program - Parental Rental (video, Christy Chan) - A simulated conversation with a set of artistically leaning parents. Originally shown in a cardboard house installation. - Dukes Up (performance, Monica Bhatnagar) - Young and green as a bean, Monica accepted Daisy's hand in forever-after friendship. In Dukes Up, she attempts to shake her habit of a friend to emerge clean . . . or at least minty fresh. - Everything but Time (video, Anjali Sundaram) - Working minutes and commuter hours, soft ambience and hard architecture, resistance and surveillance, public and private space. - Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante (reading, Monica Nolan) - This forth-coming third installment in the Lesbian Career Girl series is the story of a madcap Maxie, a society girl who has only dabbled in the world of work before being disinherited for her scandalous behavior. As she tries to find a way to earn a living, Maxie's job-hunting adventures draw her into Bay City's underworld. An intriguing array of women help Maxie in her attempt to find both romantic and career satisfaction. - The Shrimp (video, Keith Wilson) - Tracing an environmentally threatened seafood from source to plate and back again. - Intermission, Raffle draw - Swimming in the Steno Pool (reading, Lynn Peril) - Author/secretary Lynn Peril delivers a feisty, witty celebration of the women who have been running the show for decades. - Push Button (film, Gibbs Chapman) - A history of idleness and ignorance. - Selections from Warrior 3: A Tale of Meager Transcendence (video of performance, Kara Herold, 2012) - A multimedia comedic "live documentary" that tells the story of an artist struggling to reconcile her artistic aspirations with her work as an audio visual technician. - Socializing, toasts, etc. 8/16 San Francisco, California: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art http://www.sfmoma.org 7:00pm, Phyllis Wattis Theater CINDY SHERMAN SELECTS FILM SERIES: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE In conjunction with SFMOMA's Cindy Sherman retrospective, the artist has selected a few of the films that have shaped her vision. Reflecting a wide spectrum of genres and eras, the works shown here highlight the extraordinary range of her interests and influences. This week is a screening of Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror film classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which follows a group of young travelers whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere to their misfortune. Known for originating many of the staples of the slasher genre such as a faceless killer and power tools as weapons it also functioned as a critique of the meat industry. Ticketing costs are $5 general admission; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). ----------------------- FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012 ----------------------- 8/17 Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Filmmakers http://www.chicagofilmmakers.org/ 8:15 PM, Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Rd. ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES - THE WHALE New York Times Critic's Pick. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale is a remarkable true story about Luna, a young killer whale, who is orphaned off the coast of British Columbia, and adopted by the residents of Nootka Sound. Luna quickly endears himself to them by demonstrating affection and an ability to communicate, and indeed seems to thrive on human contact until the government steps in to separate them for the animal's own protection. Full of beautiful scenery and strange twists, The Whale also raises compelling questions about the emotional lives of animals that continue to elude human understanding. (D. Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, 2011, 85 min.) Free admission 8/17 Los Angeles, California: UCLA Film and Television Archive http://www.cinema.ucla.edu 7:30 p.m., 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards) BREAKING GROUND: 60 YEARS OF AUSTRIAN EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA The camera's rolling and we've boarded a rollercoaster of visual and sound voyages. This opening program combines an excitingly eclectic range of artistic modes and represents both an introduction to what have become the hallmarks of Austrian experimental cinema and the perfect place to begin 10 adventures into cinema and its history. Whether reconstructing found footage, using sophisticated multiple points of view, restaging documentaries or undertaking structural explorations, these techniques all become rhythmic tools for our aural and visual pleasure. Works in this program include FILM IST 1: MOVEMENT AND TIME (2002); SCHÖNBERG (1990); YES? OUI? YA? (2002); MIRROR MECHANICS (2005); SUBROSA (2004); ARNULF RAINER (1960); DIE GEBURT DER VENUS (Birth of Venus) (1970-1972); SUNSET BOULEVARD (1991); WISLA (1996); BODY POLITICS (1974); INSTRUCTIONS FOR A LIGHT AND SOUND MACHINE (2005). Total running time: 73 min. 8/17 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: THE PARSON'S WIDOW by Carl Th. Dreyer No English intertitles (English synopsis available), 1921, 78 minutes, 35mm, b&w, silent (PRASTANKAN) A lyrical, early Dreyer comedy. A young parson wins a plum parish in 17th century Norway, but is obliged to marry the widow of his deceased predecessor and pretend his attractive young fiancée is his sister. The master's touch is evident in the close-ups of the pastor's would-be rivals and parishioners and a slow pan presaging the 360-degree views of VAMPYR. 8/17 Stockholm, Sweden: Balagan Films http://www.balaganfilms.com 20:00, Fylkingen (Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, Stockholm, Sweden) PRIVATE TERRITORY: STOCKHOLM Ryan Tebo (filmmaker) and Sally Müller (curator) have collaborated with Boston-based Mariya Nikiforova for a Stockhom screening of Private Territory, a traveling tour of films by American filmmakers such as Saul Levine, Robert Todd, Jodie Mack, Shambhavi Kaul and others, Finnish artists Marja Mikkonen and Anna Nykyri, and Russian filmmaker Masha Godovannaya. For the screening in Stockholm there will also be bonus films by Tamara Henderson, who just graduated from Kungliga Konsthögskolan, Stockholm, and Åsa Hoflin. ------------------------- SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012 ------------------------- 8/18 Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ 8 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St (at Sunset) A PLACE ON EARTH With an introduction by filmmaker and restorationist Ross Lipman (schedule permitting). A Place On Earth is a fiction film made with the participation of a real commune in Moscow, one in which the director himself lived. As with Palms, Aristakisyan's previous work, A Place on Earth is not just a film; it is an encounter, and it leaves one unsettled by its radical ethical demands. Says Aristakisyan: "The film does not leave room to maneuver and avoid change... It precludes the very possibility for indulgence in collective delusions after having seen it... It also precludes the possibility for neatly sweeping its contents under the intellectual rug...This is not a socially conscious film. There is no society... It is not a philosophical film either. There are no authorial points of view or ideas. It has to be admittedthis film is dangerous. Truly dangerous." Dir. Artur Aristakisyan, 2001, 120min, projected from DVD 8/18 Los Angeles, California: UCLA Film and Television Archive http://www.cinema.ucla.edu 7:30 p.m., 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards) BREAKING GROUND: 60 YEARS OF AUSTRIAN EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA - 2. DAILY BUSINESS Observations of everyday events and life are transposed with irony and humor through choreographic touches, performative actions or documentary real time. Static scenes become mini cinematographic voyages: a kiss enhanced through repetition and recreation, bicycles loaded into an elevator or being repaired, workers finishing their day, or bodybuilding as an artistic performance in itself. The ordinary is subtly tweaked to create wry visual motifs for our undisguised pleasure. Works in this program include HERNALS (1967); BYKETROUBLE (1998); PIECE TOUCHEE (1989); NACH "PIECE TOUCHEE" (1998); HOTEL ROCCALBA (2008); BODYBUILDING (1965-66); LIVINGROOM (1991); DANKE, ES HAT MICH SEHR GEFREUT (1987). Total running time: 68 min. 8/18 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 5:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: VAMPYR by Carl Th. Dreyer In Danish with no subtitles (English synopsis available), 1931-32, 70 minutes, 35mm, b&w "Imagine that we are sitting in a very ordinary room. Suddenly we are told that there is a corpse behind the door. Instantly, the room we are sitting in has taken on another look. The light, the atmosphere have changed, though they are physically the same. This is because we have changed and the objects are as we conceive them. This is the effect I wanted to produce in VAMPYR." Carl Dreyer 8/18 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC by Carl Th. Dreyer No English intertitles (English synopsis available), 1927-28, 98 minutes, 35mm, b&w, silent (LA PASSION DE JEANNE D'ARC) A work that exemplifies Dreyer's philosophy: simplicity is the most complex idea of all. Although renowned for its spare acts, lack of embellishment, and use of simple shots, Dreyer's masterpiece reveals the natural complexity of an un-retouched face (often existing alone, filling up the frame) and a landscape of history as individual as the lines on that face. Made in 1927-28, it continues to haunt the cinema, looking more and more avant-garde as the years go by. ----------------------- SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012 ----------------------- 8/19 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 5:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: DAY OF WRATH by Carl Th. Dreyer In Danish with no subtitles (English synopsis available), 1943, 100 minutes, 35mm, b&w (VREDENS DAG) "Carl Dreyer's art begins to unfold at the point where most other directors give up. Witchcraft and martyrdom are his themes but his witches don't ride broomsticks, they ride the erotic fears of their persecutors. It is a world that suggests a dreadful fusion of Hawthorne and Kafka." Pauline Kael 8/19 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: ORDET by Carl Th. Dreyer In Danish with no subtitles (English synopsis available), 1955, 132 minutes, 35mm, b&w An existential morality essay by the master of the long take, in which a man who believes he is Jesus Christ soon begins to convince those around him. Based on the play by Kaj Munk, ORDET is a meditation on faith and fanaticism. 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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