Hi all,

We missed posting these shows coming up, as Los Angeles Filmforum is hosting
John Smith from England twice next week.  Note the different locations.
An extremely rare visit from the UK of filmmaker John Smith, who last came
to Los Angeles in the 1980s!

Friday November 16, 2012, 8:00 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
John Smith: Small Obsessions
John Smith in person from the UK!
 
At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St. (at Sunset), Los Angeles
CA 90026
 
Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Available at Brown Paper tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/290590
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Sunday November 18, 2012, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
John Smith: Associations and Ambiguities
 
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
CA 90028 
 
Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Available at Brown Paper tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/290592
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"The films of John Smith create a world from the Œsimple¹ experiences of
living, breathing and being a filmmaker or artist in a particular place and
time. Smith's often humorous films produced over the last 30 years have
inventively documented and probed his immediate surroundings, often not even
moving much beyond the front door of his various abodes in a small area of
East London. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to describe Smith's films as
overly delicate, preciously insular or purely personal ­ assignations that
the previous description might suggest ­ as his work sees within the
minutiae of familiar surroundings a range of philosophical, aesthetic,
technical and quotidian challenges and revelations that extend far beyond
the realm of much other comparable cinema. In film after film, Smith
explores the cracks within and the tribulations of the world he confronts
everyday, taking a closer look at and often transforming (verbally,
associatively, just by observing from a different angle) things like a pane
of glass, the discolorations of a mouldy ceiling, a hospital water-tower,
the archaeology of an ancient toilet, an old shepherd's proverb, or a work
he was unhappy with some 20 odd years before. In the process, he makes us
look more closely, not just at his films and the cinema generally, but our
own surroundings, the everyday world that engulfs us but that we probably
routinely dismiss as a suitable subject for contemplation, art and
imagination." -- From ŒOn the Street where You Live: The Films of John
Smith¹  <http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/03/29/john_smith.html>
by Adrian Danks, Senses of Cinema, 2003

³The films of John Smith are among the most widely seen and appreciated of
the UK avant-garde. Rigorous in structure and highly crafted in making, they
extend the logic of language to question the authority of the image and the
word. Among the complex features of these films is perhaps an attempt to
sidestep, in a knight¹s move, Brecht¹s critique of cinema, his ³fundamental
reproach² that a film is ³the result of a production that took place in the
absence of an audience². In John Smith¹s films, the spectator is a producer
as well as a consumer of meaning, bound in to the process but simultaneously
distanced from the Œnaturalness¹ of the film dream.²-- From 'Associations:
John Smith and the artists' film in the UK', by A L Rees, 2002

"One of the most talented filmmakers of the postwar generation, he has
attracted admirers from way beyond the narrow confines of the Avant Garde.
His reputation rests on a quite unique sensibility which has successfully
married three traits - humour, documentary and formal ingenuity - into an
indissoluble whole."-- Michael O'Pray, Art Monthly, 2002

 
This is the second of four shows.  The first is at USC Cinematheque 108 on
Thursday Nov 15; the third is at Filmforum on Sunday Nov 18, and the fourth
is at Cal Arts on Tuesday Nov 20.
 
Special Thanks: David James, Steve Anker, Rick Bahto
 
Screening:

Friday Nov 16, at the Echo Park Film Center
Leading Light   1975, 11 mins
The Girl Chewing Gum   1976, 12 mins
The Black Tower   1985-7, 24 mins.
Lost Sound   1998-2001, 28 mins
Unusual Red Cardigan   2011, 12 mins
(87 mins. TRT)
                   
Filmforum at Egyptian, Nov 18:
Om   1986, 4 mins.
Associations   1975, 7 mins.
Gargantuan   1992, 1 min.
Slow Glass    1988-91, 40 mins
The Kiss   1999, 5 mins.
Throwing Stones (Hotel Diaries 3)   2004, 11 mins.
Flag Mountain   2010, 8 mins.
Dad¹s Stick   2012, 5 mins.
(81 mins. TRT)

 
John Smith:
John Smith was born in Walthamstow, East London in 1952 and studied film at
the Royal College of Art. Inspired by conceptual art and the structural
materialist ideas that dominated British artists¹ filmmaking during his
formative years, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and
the spoken word, he has developed a body of work which deftly subverts the
perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and
abstraction. Drawing upon the raw material of everyday life, Smith's
meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring
and exposing the language of cinema.

Since 1972 John Smith has made over fifty film, video and installation works
that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the
world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals.

His solo exhibitions include Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2012), Turner
Contemporary, Margate (2012), Weserburg Museum for Modern Art, Bremen
(2012), Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden (2011), PEER Gallery, London (2011),
Pallas Projects, Dublin (2011), Royal College of Art Galleries, London
(2010), Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2010), Sala Diaz Gallery, Texas
(2010), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2005), Open
Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2003) and Pearl Gallery, London (2003).  Major group
shows include 'Image Counter Image', Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012), 'Has The
Film Already Started?', Tate Britain (2011-12), Berlin Biennial (2010), ŒThe
Talent Show¹, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and MoMA PS1, New York (2010),
Venice Biennale (2007), ŒA Century of Artists¹ Film in Britain¹, Tate
Britain (2004), ŒLive in Your Head: Concept and Experiment in Britain
1965-75¹, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2000) and ŒThe British Art Show¹, UK
touring exhibition (1984). John Smith regularly presents his work in person
and in recent years it has been profiled through retrospectives at film
festivals in Oberhausen, Tampere, St. Petersburg, La Rochelle, Mexico City,
Uppsala, Cork, Bristol, Hull and Glasgow.

John Smith lives and works in London. He teaches part-time at the University
of East London where he is Professor of Fine Art. He is represented by Tanya
Leighton Gallery, Berlin. http://www.johnsmithfilms.com

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Filmforum¹s screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Metabolic Studio; and the Mike Kelley
Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American
Cinematheque.  We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual
donors.
 
Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Nov 18 ­ John Smith, from the UK
Dec 2  - Empty Quarter, with Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty in person from
Portland
Dec 5 ­ Gunvor Nelson in person from Sweden, last Los Angeles appearance!
Dec 9 ­ Ann Arbor Film Festival 50th Anniversary Tour
 
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experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and
experimental animation.  2012 is our 37th year
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