Screenings

  • Celluloid Therapy: The Diary Films of Anne Charlotte Robertson (1949–2013)

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    White Light Cinema and The Nightingale Present

    The experimental film community lost one of its most original and distinctive voices last fall with the passing of Framingham, Massachusetts Super-8 filmmaker Anne Charlotte Robertson. Robertson’s films (and later digital videos) were visceral, haunting, emotionally raw works that opened up the artist’s life and her anxieties, obsessions, compulsions, addictions, and mental illness in unprecedented ways. Robertson’s films, now housed at Harvard Film Archive, are powerful documents of maintaining oneself with art, sharply incisive self-analysis, and caustic wit while struggling with an often times debilitating illness. 

    White Light Cinema is proud to present a selection of five early works by Robertson (whose films have not been seen in Chicago in well over a decade, and only a handful of times before that), in new digital transfers. [Robertson rarely screened her originals, and only when she was present. The previous solo show of Robertson’s work in Chicago, which I was fortunate to present at Chicago Filmmakers, was from VHS.]

    These are startlingly moving works about the fragility and resilience of the human spirit. Robertson’s legacy is a remarkably brave example of really living life through art. 

    Dates: 

    Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    The Nightingale - Chicago, United States
  • Experimental films with Sonic Circuits

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    Programme:

    1.Sunrise Fires - Lorenzo Gattorna
    2013, 16mm-to-digital, b/w and color, sound, 6.5m
    In early September 1995 the Sunrise Wildfire was extinguished. 7,000 acres had burned during the peak of the tourist season yet nobody was killed. The aggravated assault swept from one side of Sunrise Highway to the other without the slightest hesitance. Another series of severe brush fires ignited 17 years later and became known as the Brookhaven Blaze. The outbreak left around 2,000 acres torched. The wild ruin and regrowth were revisited within The Central Pine Barrens, the largest natural area on Long Island and its last remaining wilderness.

    2. The Sea [is still] Around Us - Hope Tucker
    4 minutes, HD, US, 2012
    The postcard of a vacation spot usually enhances the reality. The contrast is more stark in Corinna, Maine, a former woolen mill town on the shores of Lake Sebasticook, where unregulated dumping of pesticides and industrial waste contaminated the water supply.

    3. Morning at Xuanwu Lake - Chris H Lynn
    Super 8mm to digital, b/w, silent, 2.00 Minutes
    Lyrical views are captured on an early morning at Xuanwu Lake in Nanjing, China

     

    Dates: 

    Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 19:15 to 22:30

    Venue: 

    Pyramid Atlantic Art Gallery - Silver Spring, United States
  • Unseen Lights And Shadows

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    KLEX and FINDARS co-present:

    Experimental film screening and performance from Japan. Shinkan Tamaki from Japan will perform and present the screening programme in person!

    Film Screening:

    - Experience in Material No.51: DUBHOUSE (Kei Shichiri & Ryoji Suzuki, 16min, 2012)
    A documentary that focuses on an installation called "Experience in Material No.51: DUBHOUSE" by architect Ryoji SUZUKI at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2010. Its original concept of capturing the darkness produced by architecture was dramatically altered by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th, 2011. SHICHIRI begins by filming both the light and shadows produced by the works on display, and embeds SUZUKI’s drawings of the disaster-hit regions within them. Cinemas are architectural structures where darkness is inherent. Films that attempt to emerge from that darkness are a form of emitted light, and at the same time they could be seen as a type of prayer. This is a metafilm on the subject of light and darkness, as well as a response to a historical event.

    - A Child Goes Burying Dead Insects (Rei Hayama, 12min, 2009)
    A Child Goes Burying Dead Insects (Kodomo ga Mushi no Shigai wo Umeni Iku ) is the first film work by Rei Hayama. The repeated sequence of -one girl appears in the woods, buries dead insects and then leaves- was made without camera. With each duplicate repetition breaks the film images and fades its color. The girl in film was also performed by filmmaker herself. The film is structural but also has narrative.

    - Generator (Makino Takashi, 20min, 2012)
    The images reach realms beyond our comprehension as they transform and invite us into our own personal memories. Filled with uncertain yet overwhelmingly reminiscent images, the film opens up before our eyes. When the unfixed transformations of light eventually shift into aerial shots, images capable of mutual recognition, we are able to transcend ‘the body’ and ‘personal recollections’ into inter-personal memories that reach back into our ancestral imagination. We may be able to feel as living beings a part of our star for the first time if we recognize our ‘body’ as a small universe, realise our city as an enormous living body and ourselves as merely one cell.

    - Passages (Shinkan Tamaki, 12min, 2013) with live improvised music by Reflex Reactions (YONG Yandsen & KOK Siew Wai)
    The winds asked me to go on a journey.

    Live Audio-visual Performances: 

    - ULTRA spectrum / Shinkan Tamaki

    - WONG Eng Leong (video) and GOH Lee Kwang (music)

    Dates: 

    Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    FINDARS - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life

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    Kunsthall Oslo is very pleased to present the work of the renowned American filmmaker Barbara Hammer to a Norwegian audience for the first time.

    Barbara Hammer will introduce her work and the Kunsthall Oslo retrospective with a talk, "Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life", on Friday Novermber 29th at 7pm.

    For over four decades, Barbara Hammer (born 1939) has been making formally experimental and culturally groundbreaking films exploring cinema, biography, history and sexuality. She has made more than eighty film and video works, and Kunsthall Oslo will present a selection of work ranging from the 1970s until today. Her breakthrough 1974 film Dyketactics has been called “the first lesbian lovemaking film made by a lesbian” and the Museum of Modern Art in New York describes her as one of the key experimental filmmakers of her generation. A review of Hammer’s recent Tate retrospective concluded: “It’s glorious, all this fresh energy.”

    Dates: 

    Friday, November 29, 2013 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    Kunsthall Oslo - Oslo, Norway
  • A Stark View of the World – An Evening With Scott Stark

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    Los Angeles Filmforum presents A Stark View of the World – An Evening With Scott Stark

    Scott Stark’s films, videos and installations are kinetic revelations that can be shocking, mesmerizing and narratively rich.  We’re delighted to welcome Scott to Los Angeles again.  We last featured him at Filmforum in 2002.  Over two nights in November, he will present a wide array of new work created since then, along with a few earlier works.  On Sunday, the works display a consistent remaking of the screen, rendering past into present, and colliding spaces in ways that find new political and narrative meaning.

    Scott Stark in person!

    Dates: 

    Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian - Los Angeles, United States
  • Oporto apresenta #31: The Basis of Make-Up I-III

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    "The Basis of Make-Up I-III" by Heinz Emigholz
    16 mm film transfered to video, color, sound, 90', 1983-2005

    The Basis of Make-Up I-III is the  primal soup that stands behind Heinz Emigholz abundant body of work. This  life-size film compilation, depicts  two decades of notebooks in an unstoppable flickery  flow. The blend of collages,  workaday writing  and  filming  is intersected by elaborate drawings halfway between medical and technical illustrations which somehow encapsulate the author's highly personal time and vision.

    "An image vortex where Ideas fall" - Alexandre Estrela after Ezra Pound

    Dates: 

    Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 22:30

    Venue: 

    Oporto - Lisboa, Portugal
  • New Irish underground film

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    Irish cinema has never been renowned for harboring a vibrant underground or experimental film scene. There have been significant exceptions (most importantly, aspects of the Irish “First Wave” of the 1970s), but it’s only in recent years that a body of films has emerged that offer a powerful rebuttal to that perception. While to announce a fully-fledged “movement” would be premature, it is safe to say that the work of the four filmmakers featured in this series – Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain, Dean Kavanagh and Michael Higgins – represent an important new direction in Irish cinema.

    Working with minimal and usually non-existent budgets, primarily on video, with zero crew and casts typically drawn from friends and family, all four filmmakers have been developing at a prolific rate over the past few years. Between them, they have produced 32 features since 2008 – though it must be admitted Rashidi, who in 2012 alone directed 9 features and 76 short films, has been the most insanely fertile contributor. All the filmmakers are members of the Experimental Film Society, an international organization founded by Rashidi aiming “to produce and promote films by its members” who are “distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema.” As this series will make clear, they have also been known to appear in each other’s films, and even collaborate on film projects together from time to time. (Strangely enough, Rashidi, Le Cain and Kavanagh have even released three albums of sound art together, under the collective moniker “Cinema Cyanide”.)

    Dates: 

    Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 19:30 to 23:30
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 19:30 to 23:30
    Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 19:30 to 23:30

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  • CINE-REBIS, The London Undergrund Film Festival

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    CINE-REBIS (The London & Porto Underground Film Festivals) is a film festival that celebrates the art of cinema. Showing a selection of short and feature-length films from around the globe, our aim is to show work that expresses originality and creativity and that is truly independent in form, content and spirit. We are interested in films that challenge, expand and explore what cinema is, and could be.

    We have lots of exciting films lined up for you this year, including some special events like an evening of poetry and films by the great British artist Jeff Keen, hosted by his daughter and collaborator Stella Keen, a screening and discussion of It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse But the Society in Which He Lives, presented by One+One Filmmakers Journal, a talk about Jonas Mekas’ first visit to England and the relationships between British and American underground film in the 60′s by William Fowler from the BFI, and an evening of insane and unrestrained trash movies with American filmmaker Kelly Hughes, who will be joining us to present two films, La Cage Aux Zombies: Director’s Cut and Heart Attack!. Alongside all of this, we have a selection of exciting, new shorts and features selected from this year’s submissions plus lots more!

    Dates: 

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, November 17, 2013 (All day)

    Venue: 

    The Horse Hospital - London, United Kingdom
  • Selections from Treasures 6: Next Wave Avant-Garde

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    As part of "Back for the Future: Film Restoration in the 21st Century" Jeff Lambert from the National Film Preservation Foundation will present a selection of films from the upcoming DVD set Treasures 6: Next Wave Avant-Garde. A discussion with Michael Pogorzelski, Director of the Academy Film Archive, will follow the screening.

    Films to be shown:
    - A Visit to Indiana (1970) by Curt McDowell, preserved by Pacific Film Archive
    - Plumb Line (1978) by Carolee Schneemann, preserved by The Museum of Modern
    - Radio Adios (1982) by Henry Hills, preserved by Anthology Film Archives
    - 11 thru 12 (1977) by Andrea Callard,preserved by New York University
    - Hi-Fi Cadets (1989) by Lewis Klahr, preserved by the Academy Film Archive (preservation premiere!)
    - Report (1967) by Bruce Conner, preserved by Anthology Film Archives as part of the NFPF's Avant-Garde Masters Program funded by The Film Foundation.

    Dates: 

    Monday, November 18, 2013 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Linwood Dunn Theater - Hollywood, Estados Unidos
  • Millennium Film Journal No. 58 Screening and Celebration

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    Celebrating the longevity of the Millennium Film Journal, and the publication of MFJ 58. With Grahame Weinbren, Kenneth White, and Erica Levin and works by Jean Vigo, Elisa Giardina Papa, Omer Fast and Natalie Bookchin.

    MFJ No. 58 "Since 78" is the 35th Anniversary Edition. It highlights the artists’ cinema and its developments during the 35 years of the MFJ’s publication. It is a double-sized issue, giving a unique portrait of three and a half decades, during which time we moved from the black box to the white cube, from film to digital media, from the inside of the museum onto the walls of the museum, and from the big screen to the tiny screen — while never giving up the earlier forms.

    MFJ 58 includes 22 texts by the leading writers in the field and 24 pages of color images, including frame enlargements, installation shots and much more.

    Dates: 

    Monday, December 2, 2013 - 18:00

    Venue: 

    MoMA New York - , United States

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