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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: ===================== Visions Film Festival and Conference (Wilmington, NC, USA; Deadline: February 15, 2013) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1514.ann ARTErra - Rural Artistic Residencies Portugal (Tondela, Portugal; Deadline: February 15, 2013) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1515.ann Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn, NY, USA; Deadline: December 10, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1516.ann The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DL9] (Berlin, Germany; Deadline: December 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1517.ann Urban Research at Directors Lounge (Berlin, Germany; Deadline: December 20, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1518.ann What the Festival (Alfred, NY, United States; Deadline: February 01, 2013) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1519.ann Newport Beach Film Festival (Newport Beach, CA; Deadline: December 21, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1520.ann DEADLINES APPROACHING: ====================== London End of The World Documentary Film Festival (London United Kingdom.; Deadline: January 15, 2013) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1385.ann GAZE (San Francisco, CA; Deadline: December 31, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1423.ann RiverRun International Film Festival (Winston Salem, NC, USA; Deadline: December 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1464.ann Chicago Underground Film Festival (Chicago, IL, USA; Deadline: December 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1479.ann Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; Deadline: December 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1487.ann Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (Germany; Deadline: January 15, 2013) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1489.ann WAMMFest (Towson, MD, USA; Deadline: December 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1490.ann MEDIAWAVE-"ANOTHER CONNECTION" Film and Music Gathering (Komarom, Hungary; Deadline: January 10, 2013) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1504.ann IC Docs (Iowa City, IA USA; Deadline: January 18, 2013) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1507.ann The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge (Berlin, Germany; Deadline: December 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1512.ann VIDEOFOCUS (Italy; Deadline: December 19, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1513.ann The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DL9] (Berlin, Germany; Deadline: December 15, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1517.ann Urban Research at Directors Lounge (Berlin, Germany; Deadline: December 20, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1518.ann Newport Beach Film Festival (Newport Beach, CA; Deadline: December 21, 2012) http://www.hi-beam.net/cgi-bin/ann.pl?type=calls&readfile=1520.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): ============================== * Holiday Mixer With the Film-Makers' Coop &Amp; Millennium Film Workshop [December 15, Anthology Film Archives] * Reverberations - Presented Through the In Practice Program [December 15, Long Island City, New York 11101] * New Works Salon viii [December 15, Los Angeles, California] * Essential Cinema: Diaries, Notes & Sketches (Walden) [December 15, New York, New York] * Artur Aristakisyan, Un Endroit Sur Terre (2001) [December 15, Paris, France] * Incredibly Strange Religion! [December 15, San Francisco, California] * The Wolf Man (Why Are the Wolves White?) New Films and videos By Tim Geraghty [December 16, Brooklyn, New York] * Essential Cinema: Reminiscences of A Journey To Lithuania [December 16, New York, New York] * My Paris Movie [December 17, New York, New York] * He Stands In A Desert... [December 18, New York, New York] * Lost Lost Lost [December 19, New York, New York] * 15 Web videos [December 20, New York, New York] * The 365 Days Project [December 20, New York, New York] * Paradise Not Yet Lost [December 21, New York, New York] * Dervish Machine [December 21, New York, New York] * In Between: 1964-68/Mysteries [December 21, New York, New York] * Scenes From Allen's Last 3 Days On Earth As A Spirit [December 22, New York, New York] * My Paris Movie [December 22, New York, New York] * Notes On An American Film Director At Work: Martin Scorsese [December 22, New York, New York] * New Experimental Works [December 22, San Francisco, California] * The Brig [December 23, New York, New York] * As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally... [December 23, New York, New York] Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE. --------------------------- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012 --------------------------- 12/15 Anthology Film Archives: Filmmakers Co-op and Millennium Film Workshop at Anthology 2:30-5:30, 32 Second Avenue (@2nd Street) HOLIDAY MIXER WITH THE FILM-MAKERS' COOP & MILLENNIUM FILM WORKSHOP Please join us for a Holiday Mixer hosted by the Film-Makers' Cooperative & Millennium Film Workshop! - Saturday, December 15th 2:30-5:30pm, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave (at 2nd St.) - Door $15 to benefit the FMC & MFW - A selection of FMC new additions featuring "My Mirrored Hope" by Beryl Sokoloff and "Bouquets" by Rose Lowder\; short works by Kat Bauer, Donna Cameron, Anja Czioska, Maya Deren, Bradley Eros, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Barry Gerson, Maria Niro, Jim Jennings, MM Serra, Paul Sharits, Smith & Lowles, Richard Sylvarnes, Stephanie Wuertz. - Curated by Donna Cameron and Coleen Fitzgibbon. - Pizza generously donated by Two Boots Pizza! - Vegan sweets donated by Harmony Kitchen NYC! - Complimentary food & wine! - AFA Box Office: (212) 505-5181 - Film-Makers' Cooperative: (212) 267-5665 - This event is made possible with public funds from the New York Sate Council on the Arts and the Department of Cultural Affairs. - Still from "Les Coquelicots (Poppies)" by Rose Lowder 12/15 Long Island City, New York 11101: SculptureCenter http://sculpture-center.org/eventsEvent.htm?id=99963 1-6pm (sound/film performances at 2:30pm and 4:30pm), 44-19 Purves Street REVERBERATIONS - PRESENTED THROUGH THE IN PRACTICE PROGRAM Embracing lengthy formats and quotidian content, Reverberations mines an inherent materiality within the ephemeral moments of dance, film, and sound. By stretching out, slowing down, or pausing time-based and performative mediums, this group of artists focuses on the sculptural properties of sound, light, and bodies. Often embracing "unwanted" signals and possible discomfort, these projects elucidate physical and social structures only to disrupt them. The newly commissioned performances in Reverberations were created for SculptureCenter's 2012-2013 In Practice program, and curated by Assistant Curator Kristen Chappa. Combining Super 8mm film with electronic and acoustic musical instrumentation, Joshua Churchill and Paul Clipson will perform two live collaborations. The artists will present densely layered collages of light and sound that activate the lower level galleries, incorporating chance juxtapositions. Schedule of Performances: Park McArthur and Yve Laris Cohen: 1pm R. E. H. Gordon: 2, 3, 4, and 5pm Paul Clipson and Joshua Churchill: 2:30 and 4:30pm Woody Sullender: 3:30pm *Please note, the previously scheduled performance by Stephen Lichty and Neil Marcus has been postponed until further notice. 12/15 Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org/ 8 pm, 1200 N. Alvarado St. NEW WORKS SALON VIII $5 / Celebrate our last day open in 2012 with a program of all brand new work! Kate Brown will show Couch (16mm, 3min, b/w, California) and recent 16mm footage from Los Angeles. Dana Berman Duff will show Vibrant Matter, short studies of the unstable nature of matter in 16mm film and digital video projection. Kate Lain will show her work In the Usual Manner, in which photographer Barret Oliver brings his darkroom and gear to the Huntington Library to produce hauntingly beautiful work 'in the usual manner' of the nineteenth-century photographer. Eve-Lauryn LaFountain will show her work They Told Me 'Apikaan' Means Braid, which was created as a 50 foot 16mm film loop installation that physically ran the length of a gallery at Calarts in October as part of the group show This is All We Have in Common. The piece explores issues of identity and the breakdown of tradition as a loop of information that is constantly circling. Originally shot on 8mm film by Rick Bahto, optically printed to 16mm, hand processed, performed and conceived by Eve-Lauryn LaFountain. Plus more TBA! 12/15 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 3:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: DIARIES, NOTES & SKETCHES (WALDEN) by Jonas Mekas 1969, 180 minutes, 16mm Filmed 1964-68; edited 1968-69. "Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shot nothing. When one writes diaries, it's a retrospective process: you sit down, you look back at your day, and you write it all down. To keep a film (camera) diary, is to react (with your camera) immediately, now, this instant: either you get it now, or you don't get it at all." J.M. "I make home movies therefore I live. I live therefore I make home movies." from the soundtrack. 12/15 Paris, France: Collectif Jeune Cinéma 8pm, Les VoÃ»tes, 19 rue des frigos ARTUR ARISTAKISYAN, UN ENDROIT SUR TERRE (2001) Dans le cadre de la 14ème édition du Festival Des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris - Un endroit sur terre, d'Artur Aristakisyan (EN SA PRÃSENCE), passera ce soir à 20h aux voÃ»tes - 19 rue des Frigos - 75013 Paris. Metro : Bibliothèque François Mitterand. - Mesto na zemle (Un endroit sur terre) est le second essai cinématographique du cinéaste Moldave Artur Aristakisyan - remarqué au FID en 2010 avec son film PALMS - et la première et dernière fiction qu'il réalise en 2001. Cette fresque sur l'expérimentation de rapports sociaux utopiques sera l'occasion d'une rencontre exceptionnelle avec ce très grand cinéaste. - Synopsis: Une communauté hippie à Moscou qui entend redistribuer l'amour physique dans la société. Une communauté humaine assiégée pendant l'attaque de Léningrad. Une réflexion quasi mythologique sur la cité réelle et la Cité rêvée. - Entrée : 2 - tout le programme du festival sur notre site : - http://www.cjcinema.org/ 12/15 San Francisco, California: Other Cinema http://www.othercinema.com/ 8:30pm, 992 Valencia INCREDIBLY STRANGE RELIGION! Shepherded by religious archivist Mitchell Random, we partake of the holiday spirit with a program devoted to the curious realm of, uh, idiosyncratic spiritual belief. After Random's pick hits of Religious Right rants, we behold the awesome wonder of the Mormon Church's Ancient America Speaks, on the incredible but true story behind the Mayan Pyramids! PLUS the third part of Peter Adair's deadly serious Holy Ghost People (snake-handling, in 16mm), Bruce Conner's Permian Strata, Richard Martin's Mixed Signals, and Rodney Ascher's Scientology Filmstrip (narrated by L. Ron Hubbard). ALSO Cult Explosion (with Eldridge Cleaver and People's Temple survivors), Satanic backward-masking abominations, and free red wine. *$6.66. ------------------------- SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012 ------------------------- 12/16 Brooklyn, New York: Microscope Gallery http://www.microscopegallery.com 7PM, 4 Charles Place (at Myrtle btwn Bushwick & Evergreen Aves) THE WOLF MAN (WHY ARE THE WOLVES WHITE?) NEW FILMS AND VIDEOS BY TIM GERAGHTY Artist in person. Admission $6. Microscope Gallery is very pleased to present THE WOLF MAN (WHY ARE THE WOLVES WHITE?), a screening of recent works including 2 premieres by Tim Geraghty. The Brooklyn-based film/video maker works by day as a professional documentary and TV editor, but has been making experimental films and videos for several years. THE WOLF MAN (WHY ARE THE WOLVES WHITE?) will be his first solo screening. "An underlying theme of this program is the presence of what is absent. A few of the films & videos deal with how personal or cultural history is not history at all our history and lineage is in the present tense. With movies, you can bring what appears to be invisible, in the past, to life. I use layering, in-camera superimposition, and even the third dimension with 3D videos to emphasize these ideas. The shadows in one shot on a roll of film become unexposed negative for a in-camera superimposition. There is a presence in the absence of light. A computer malfunction during video playback reveals a new and telling side to its electronic makeup. In all of the movies, I'm trying to get my hands onto and present the invisible." TG. - - Tim Geraghty is an experimental filmmaker and video artist from Providence, Rhode Island, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He's a professional broadcast news and documentary editor interested in radically re-editing footage, especially found footage from his line of work, into films with the associative language of dreams. He has previously exhibited his works at Anthology Film Archives, Migrating Forms, Issue Project Room, Microscope Gallery, White Box, SCOPE NY, Lincoln Center, SUDLAB (Naples) and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Full program at: www.microscopegallery.com TEL: 347.925.1433. 12/16 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 3:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue ESSENTIAL CINEMA: REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA by Jonas Mekas 1971-72, 82 minutes, 16mm-to-35mm blow-up Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from The Film Foundation. Special thanks to Cineric, Inc., and Trackwise. "The film consists of four parts. The first part contains some footage from my first years in America, 1949-52. The second part was shot in August 1971 in Lithuania. The third part is in Elmshorn, near Hamburg, where I spent eight months in a forced labor camp. The fourth part is in Vienna (1971) with Peter Kubelka, Nitsch, Annette Michelson, Ken Jacobs, etc. The film deals with home, memory, and culture." J.M. ------------------------- MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012 ------------------------- 12/17 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue MY PARIS MOVIE by Jonas Mekas 2011, 159 minutes, video NEW YORK PREMIERE! "When Danièle Hibon, curator of the Musée du Jeu de Paume, asked Jonas Mekas to contribute to a celebration of 20 years of cinema in her museum, [he] assembled footage of Paris he'd shot over the years into a tribute to the City of Light. Tangled in this maze of inspiring images is a journey through the artist's inspired imaginary world. Both diary and love letter, in the spirit of Gertrude Stein and Hemingway, MY PARIS MOVIE is a funny and moving stroll through the memories of a man whose entire life seems guided by generosity, friendship, and freedom." Helen Faradji, MONTRÉAL FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA -------------------------- TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012 -------------------------- 12/18 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue HE STANDS IN A DESERT... by Jonas Mekas 1969/1985, 150 minutes, 16mm This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! "Both a simply happy and a profoundly ecstatic film. There is an undercurrent of domestic tranquility, of people who are at home with each other. [ ] The film begins with the title "He stands in a desert counting the seconds of his life"; it ends with the title repeated in the past tense: "He stood in the desert " This is in effect a double past tense, achievable only at the film's end: the filmmaker remembering himself remembering the past. For a film of memories, [it] is amazingly devoid of easy sentimentality, perhaps because Mekas has chosen to remember his past not in the long years recalled by an aching, ill-defined nostalgia but in the intense seconds of ecstasy." Fred Camper, SENSES OF CINEMA ---------------------------- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012 ---------------------------- 12/19 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue LOST LOST LOST by Jonas Mekas 1976 (filmed 1949-1963), 178 minutes, 16mm, color/b&w, sound This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! Preserved by Anthology Film Archives through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation. "No figure appears more firmly rooted in both the American avant-garde and downtown New York than Jonas Mekas . Yet LOST LOST LOST, his three-hour diary collage, tells a very different story, one of exile, displacement, and longing. It was completed in 1976 out of footage shot during an almost 15-year span, from his arrival in New York in 1949 (as a postwar Lithuanian refugee) to his engagement with the budding independent film scene of the early '60s. [ ] These are gnomic records of self-discovery, sealed in celluloid amber by their very act of creation. But this potently intimate epic transcends mere personal record to tap a universal sentiment. A photographic Homer of his own odyssey, Mekas journeys like us all in irrevocable exile from his own past, attempting to reconstruct that invisible nation of youth to which he can never return." Ed Halter, VILLAGE VOICE --------------------------- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012 --------------------------- 12/20 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue 15 WEB VIDEOS A selection of short pieces from Mekas's website brief, poetic glimpses of his daily life, friendships, and captured moments these works reflect his perpetual, compulsive image-making, and his unhesitating embrace of new media and new modes of exhibition, and new technologies. HARMONY KORINE (1.5 min) WINDOW, SNOW, ANTHONY (3 min) A VISIT BY OKUMOTO (5 min) PAUL SHARITS AT NAFTALI (6 min) POLIDORI TAKES A PICTURE (5.5 min) CLEARING AFA SIDEWALK (5.5 min) WORLD ON THE LEDGE (4 min) OKUMOTO WRAPS UP A BOTTLE (3.5 min) FLAMENCO SINGER (4 min) CALANDA/BUÑUEL TOUR (7 min) DOUGLAS GORDON EATS A CHICKEN (38 seconds) JACOBSES IN WASHINGTON, DC (7 min) MM SERRA/LAVENDER (4 min) 12/20 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 8:45 pm, 32 2nd Avenue THE 365 DAYS PROJECT This program features selections of the short digital films Mekas posted daily throughout 2007. Combining brand-new footage with older material unearthed and made public for the first time, the 365 Day project was both a bold leap into the digital world for Mekas and a natural extension of the approach to cinema small-scale, intimate, and direct that he had been practicing in his diary films for decades. ------------------------- FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012 ------------------------- 12/21 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 7:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue PARADISE NOT YET LOST by Jonas Mekas 1979, 96 minutes, 16mm This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! (aka OONA'S THIRD YEAR) "The film is constructed as a letter to [Jonas's daughter] Oona, "to serve her, some day, as a distant reminder of how the world around her looked during the third year of her life." [ ] The title, PARADISE NOT YET LOST, suggests that through Oona and the growth of his family, Mekas finds some hope of redemption. To that end, Mekas passes on some of the lessons he's learned to his daughter: "I'm talking to you, Oona. Be idealistic, don't be practical. Seek the insignificant small but essential qualities, essential to life." [ ] As we live after the Fall (and for Mekas, the devastating Fall occurred when he was forced to leave Lithuania), we can only catch glimpses of Paradise, in fragments. Mekas' great accomplishment, then, is to persist in filming Paradise wherever he can, despite the darkness and struggle that surrounds him." Genevieve Yue, SENSES OF CINEMA 12/21 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 8:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue DERVISH MACHINE by Bradley Eros & Jeanne Liotta Share + Film Notes CATALYSTS (or, EXPOUNDED CINEMA) PRESENTS: Bradley Eros & Jeanne Liotta's DERVISH MACHINE 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT! CATALYSTS is a new series wherein avant-garde filmmakers reveal the secret sources and inspirations for a specific film from their body of work by a show-and-tell presentation through readings, films, music, images, dreams, documents, private tales, or exhibits demonstrating the roots and branches of experimental personal cinema: Exegesis by demo. Experience the cultural and personal artifacts that influenced the works and unravel the process from initiation to completion of the creative dynamics that form a work of film art. Each invited artist will be asked to develop and deliver a presentation that gives the audience insight into their original research on the personal, cultural, or historical source materials of the particular film being discussed. Each work chosen shall be rich in hybrid sources for a complex mixture of influences & inspirations. Curated by Bradley Eros. Bradley Eros & Jeanne Liotta DERVISH MACHINE 1992, 10 min, Super 8-to-16mm. Hand-developed meditations on being and movement, as inspired by Brion Gysin's Dreamachine, Sufi mysticism, and early cinema. A knowledge of the fragility of existence mirrors the tenuousness of the material. The film itself becomes the site to experience impermanence, and to revel in the unfixed image. To celebrate the anniversary of their 1992 collaborative collage film, Eros and Liotta will perform an extended exegesis of DERVISH MACHINE's creative process by exploring the secret sources and influences that contributed to this work: films, clips, texts, sounds, and actions will be revealed in concert & context with the film itself. 12/21 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 9:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue IN BETWEEN: 1964-68/MYSTERIES by Jonas Mekas Share + This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! Film Notes IN BETWEEN: 1964-68 1978, 52 min, 16mm. "Filmed in 1964-68. Edited in 1978. The material for this film is footage that didn't find a place in the WALDEN reels. Some of it begins in between LOST, LOST, LOST and WALDEN. It's mostly New York, and some travel footage. The City friends: Richard Foreman, Amy Taubin, Mel Lyman, Peter Beard, David Wise, Andrew Meyer, Salvador Dali, Jerome Hill, David Stone and Barbara Stone, my brother Adolfas filming DOUBLE BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Ed Sanders, Gordon Ball, Henry Romney, Jack Smith, Shirley Clarke, Louis Brigante, Jane Holzer, etc. etc." J.M. & MYSTERIES 1966/2002, 34 min, 16mm. A document of a Living Theater performance in Cassis, France, this piece was filmed in 1966 but only edited and released in 2002, with a newly commissioned score by Philip Glass. --------------------------- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2012 --------------------------- 12/22 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 4:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue SCENES FROM ALLEN'S LAST 3 DAYS ON EARTH AS A SPIRIT by Jonas Mekas Share + This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! Film Notes SCENES FROM ALLEN'S LAST THREE DAYS ON EARTH AS A SPIRIT 1997, 67 min, video. "This is a video record of the Buddhist Wake ceremony at Allen Ginsberg's apartment. You see Allen, now asleep forever, in his bed; some of his close friends; and the wrapping up and removal of Allen's body from the apartment. You hear Jonas's description of his last conversation with Allen, three days earlier. You see the final farewell at the Buddhist temple, 118 West 22nd Street, New York City, and some of his close friends: Patti Smith, Gregory Corso, LeRoi Jones-Baraka, Hiro Yamagata, Anne Waldman, and many others." J.M. & ON MY WAY TO FUJIYAMA (1995, 25 min, 16mm) "A Bolex record of my journey through Japan in 1995, from all the way South to all the way North, with some of my good Japanese friends. After I finished it, I looked at it, and I didn't like it and decided to keep it on the shelf. This is the first screening of this film since its completion in 1995. I will have another look at it myself." J.M. 12/22 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 6:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue MY PARIS MOVIE See notes for Dec. 17, 7:30 pm. 12/22 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 9:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue NOTES ON AN AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR AT WORK: MARTIN SCORSESE by Jonas Mekas 2005, 80 minutes, video This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! "I originally met Martin Scorsese when he was still a film student at the New York University. He used to come to my film screenings. But our real friendship began when he made his first feature film, WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR. I was asked to make a film about Marty to introduce a retrospective of his films. As it happened, Marty was shooting THE DEPARTED at that time. I asked him if I could follow him for a week or two, and he said yes. So that's how this film happened. It's a chamber kind of movie, a personal tribute to a friend." J.M. 12/22 San Francisco, California: Other Cinema http://www.othercinema.com/ 8:30pm, 992 Valencia NEW EXPERIMENTAL WORKS Here's an energized evening of new cinema that champions personal expression and radical form. Constituting our most exploratory programand with many of the makers in personare Jeanne Finley & John Muse's Manhole 452, Soda_Jerk's The Time That Remains, Sietske Tjallingii's Bowled Over, Kristin Kato's Words in the Rain, Eliane Lima's Leonora, Linda Fenstermaster's Red Heron, Mike Maryniuk's Cattle Call, Katherin McInnis' Artificial Persons, and Julie Murray's 16mm Orchard. PLUS recent pieces by Lewis Klahr, Scott Stark, Bryan Boyce, Heidi Phillips, Patrick Wilkinson, et alia. Come early for artists' reception, free pencils, and the Dream Machine! ------------------------- SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2012 ------------------------- 12/23 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 4:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue THE BRIG by Jonas Mekas 1964, 68 minutes, 35mm Share + This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! Film Notes "1963 saw the controversial off-Broadway theater production THE BRIG by THE LIVING THEATRE. Filmed on stage with the original cast, rarely has there been a more intense cinematic adaptation of a play. Executed with brutish authenticity, THE BRIG won the Venice Festival Grand Prize for best documentary. A polemic drama with sonic shock waves, it is a nightmare that suggests 'Kafka with a Kodak.' The audience is placed in a violently claustrophobic environment, a Marine Corps stockade. Mekas puts aside his poetic sensibilities and ties us to a chair in the blistering sun with no water, no hope, and no mercy. This film is hard as nails." MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL Followed by: Storm De Hirsch NEWSREEL: JONAS IN THE BRIG 1964, 5 min, 16mm. Preserved with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Poet/Filmmaker Storm De Hirsch was on-hand to document Mekas as he threw himself into the filming of THE BRIG. This gorgeous print was recently preserved by Anthology. 12/23 New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/ 6:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD OCCASIONALLY... by Jonas Mekas 2000, 288 minutes, 16mm, color This screening is part of: JONAS MEKAS TURNS 90! Piano: Auguste Varkalis. "My film diaries 1970-1999. It covers my marriage, children are born, you see them growing up. Footage of daily life, fragments of happiness and beauty, trips to France, Italy, Spain, Austria. Seasons of the year as they pass through New York. Friends, home life, nature. Nothing extraordinary, nothing special, things that we all experience as we go through our lives. There are many inter-titles that reflect my thoughts of the period. The film is also my love poem to New York, its summers, its winters, streets, parks. It's the ultimate Dogma '95 movie, before the birth of Dogma." J.M. 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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