Just added! 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. Screening:
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 amends. --------------- 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 Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student Contact us at lafilmfo...@yahoo.com. Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org. Become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LosAngFilmforum!
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