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Flicker films

There was a programme of flicker films at AFA not too long ago:

[quote]FLICKER FILM WEEKEND!
June 13-14, 2009
Featuring films by:
Nik Sheehan (in person!) • William S. Burroughs & Anthony Balch • Paul Sharits • Tony Conrad • Bradley Eros & Jeanne Liotta • Peter Kubelka • Victor Grauer

• Filmmaker Nik Sheehan in person all weekend!
• Artist/turntablist Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (who is featured in the doc) will be in person for Q&A at this Sunday's June 14, 8pm FLicKeR screening!

Nik Sheehan
FLicKeR
(2007, 72 minutes, video. Special thanks to Ray Privett.)
"Really, I think, behind everything, he was trying to teach people to see differently." -Marianne Faithfull, on Brion Gysin
The Dream Machine looks simple enough: a 100-watt light bulb, a motor, and a rotating cylinder with cutouts. Just sit in front of it, close your eyes, and wait for the visions to come. The Dream Machine offers a drugless high that its creator - poet, artist, calligrapher, and mystic Brion Gysin - believed would revolutionize human consciousness. He wasn't alone. William S. Burroughs thought it could be used to "storm the citadels of enlightenment."
Taking the Dream Machine as the basis of its explorations, FLicKeR asks crucial questions about the nature of art and consciousness, and imagines a humanity liberated to explore its creativity in complete freedom.
FILMMAKER IN PERSON!
-Saturday and Sunday, June 13 & 14 at 8:00 each night.

FLICKS PROGRAM 1:
William S. Burroughs & Anthony Balch TOWERS OPEN FIRE
(1963, 16 minutes, 16mm. Archival print courtesy of the British Film Institute; special thanks to Fleur Buckley (BFI) & Genesis P-Orridge. © The William S. Burroughs Trust, screened with the permission of The Wylie Agency LLC)
Paul Sharits RAZORBLADES
(1965-1968, 25 minutes, double-screen 16mm.)
Anthony Balch THE CUT UPS
(1966, 18 minutes, 16mm; Archival print courtesy of the British Film Institute; special thanks to Fleur Buckley (BFI) & Genesis P-Orridge. © The William S. Burroughs Trust, screened with the permission of The Wylie Agency LLC)
Total running time: ca. 65 minutes.
-Saturday, June 13 at 6:00.

FLICKS PROGRAM 2:
Tony Conrad THE FLICKER
(1966, 30 minutes, 16mm.)
Bradley Eros & Jeanne Liotta DERVISH MACHINE
(1992, 10 minutes, Super-8mm-to-16mm.)
Peter Kubelka ARNULF RAINER
(1960, 7 minutes, 35mm.)
Victor Grauer ARCHANGEL
(1966, 10 minutes, 16mm.)
Total running time: ca. 60 minutes.
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