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Sunday February 1, 2015, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Joe Gibbons: Confessions of a Sociopath
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
CA 90028
The experimental film world was blown away (³shocked² is not the right word,
really) by the news just this month that acclaimed and singular filmmaker
Joe Gibbons had been arrested for robbing a pair of northeastern banks.  Not
only that, but the only weapon he had employed in doing so was one with
which he had extensive familiarity: a video camera, almost certainly
documenting the robberies for inclusion in an in-progress work. The New York
Post, in their condescending coverage of Gibbons¹ apprehension (³Bank Robber
Appears to be Screwball Former Professor²), referred to his ³art² and his
identity as a ³visual artist² exactly like that - in quote marks.  Well, to
hell with the New York Post and to hell with the banks, Joe Gibbons is not
only an artist, but a truly great artist, one who has for decades blended
autobiography and fantasy into a richly confessional, bitingly hilarious,
unparalleled first-person media/dream-fulfillment.  The ³Joe² in Gibbons¹
films is not simply Joe Gibbons, and the already blurry distinction between
his movie identity and real-guy Joe is smeared out of proportion and
recognition the more of his work you see. He pushes deep, carefully hidden
buttons of shame, hilarity, discomfort, and incredulity within us as his
viewers/friends/victims/confidants, unpacking his neuroses and pretensions
like a weird-smelling, slightly overstuffed carry-on bag being disallowed on
the plane. Ultimately Joe Gibbons is the underworld king of the filmic
first-person; there are scant few pretenders to his throne - no one even
wants to try or would know where to begin. (Mark Toscano)
For this screening, Filmforum is grateful to share Gibbons¹
semi(?)-autobiographical masterwork Confessions of a Sociopath (2001- ) and
other items to be determined.  Joe is currently in a New York jail cell, but
his honorarium for this program will be placed in a support fund being set
up by his friends while he¹s temporarily indisposed.
For more event information: www.lafilmforum.org, or 323-377-7238
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at
http://bpt.me/1168921 or at the door
Joe Gibbons is recognized as a groundbreaking filmmaker in experimental
autobiography. His more than thirty films include Unnatural Acts (1975),
Going to the Dogs (1980), Hellhound (1995), and Final Exit (2000). He has
been recognized with fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for
the Arts, the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, the National Endowment
for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. He
has screened his work at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial,
Museum Of Modern Art, and on PBS. He is a 2001 recipient of a Guggenheim
Foundation Fellowship.
³Joe², on the other hand, is a professed misanthrope, a man who knows
himself to be above all other men, enslaved and empowered by his anxieties
and compelled to badger the rest of the world about their intricate
machinations and effects.

Confessions of a Sociopath

Joe Gibbons, 2001, color, sound, video, 60 min.

Confessions of a Sociopath is a 60-minute autobiographical film on digital
video and Super 8 film, conceived as a real-life version of Beckett¹s
Krapp¹s Last Tape. In this film, Joe Gibbons plays a fictionalized version
of himself as he discovers a roomful of Super 8 footage from his own life,
detailing events he can no longer recall. This footage shows his earlier
film experiments, his descent into destructive behavior, and his ³bottoming
out² on drugs and alcohol. At a certain point, the films are replaced by
random photos, police records, and psychiatric hospital records. In the role
of the narrator, Gibbons uses psychiatric terminology to describe his past
exploits, as a way of poking fun at both his own misfortune and at
psychiatry¹s ability to medicalize non-conformity. Through Confessions of a
Sociopath, the now-reformed narrator seeks to understand his life, and make

This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural
Affairs, City of Los Angeles; 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.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening
experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and
experimental animation.  2015 is our 40th year.
Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Sun Jan 18 ­ Bella Vista, by Vera Brunner-Sung
Wed Jan 21 ­ Wie man sieht (As You See), In memory of filmmaker Harun
Farocki, Screening 2
Thurs Jan 22 ­ Mush! To the Movies, Polar Film Series at the Velaslavasay
Panorama, Screening 1
Sun Jan 25 ­ Forest of Bliss: A Tribute to Robert Gardner
Wed Jan 28 - Wie man sieht (As You See), In memory of filmmaker Harun
Farocki, Screening 3
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