Born in 1949 in New York, Dominic Angerame teaches, lives and works in San Francisco. Since 1969, he has directed over thirty-five films screened and awarded in many festivals around the world. He teaches directing, cinematography and criticism at the University of Berkeley in California, San Francisco Art Institute and also acted as professor and associate artist in many institutions. He led for more than 30 years of Canyon Cinema distribution cooperative. His work is greatly influenced by the avant-garde cinema, particularly the 1920s and 1930s, and explores the cycle of destruction and construction imposed by man on his urban environment, constantly changing.
Fool’s Gold: California Roadtrip in an Election Year references the theme of greed and envy told through popular legends and stories of the livelihood and moral fiber of a once wealthy, small, and rural American mining community of Trona California; after a corporate layoff and its ensuing exodus; as told thru interviews with the remaining elderly population. Historic facts spanning the Gold Rush and the 1980’s of Reagan’s presidential years, comments about “consciousness” and visuals of Cain & Abel, Zombies as “insatiable consumers” found in Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance sequence, and desert landscape of the Pinnacles National Monument and Death Valley, display an American mindset that effects war and its economic circles, the housing crisis and global financial change, and the love for consumer products and celebrity
The program title Kaleidoscopic Visions was inspired by P. Adams Sitney’s description of Saul Levine’s unique style of shooting and cutting as "...fused with the kaleidoscopic fury of memory...”. The program selects films by Saul Levine from 1973 to 2011. The films represent roughly three of Saul’s major formal approaches to the small gauge formats of Regular 8mm (presented as a digital transfers and a 16mm blow up) and Super 8mm (presented in Super 8mm and 16mm blow ups).
Filmmaker Saul Levine will be in Chicago for the Screening! Q & A following the Program!
The experimentation of Malena Szlam, involving a process of documentation in situ, brings the observed landscape into the space of moving image. In-camera editing lets loose the first views of woods, stars, fire and night-time landscapes, reproducing them vibrantly, preventing us from becoming habituated and allowing them to remain. On the basis of a direct link with the image, Pablo Mazzolo constructs formal paradigms, in which the kinetic image and sound constitute a single perceptive unit. His films move around the space between reality, dream and intuitive vision, coming together in an associative, sensorial experience that is different each time. ENVÍOS, by Jeannette Muñoz, is cinema that ceases to be cinema, to become a space that shows us what it was, what it is and what it could be. ENVÍOS is only possible at the small and singular scale. It is sequences, events, stories, fragments, moments, seconds. It has no object or subject, its components are heterogeneous, from differing sources and the result of different motivations. It speaks at once of the private and the public, was made with/or for one person and will be presented in a film theatre.
BEEF's series of monthly screenings and events kicks off with a theme close to our heart.
An evening of 16mm films showing a range of handmade and cameraless approaches, including direct on film animation, rayography, hand-tinting, bodily interventions, pinhole photography and home-brewed film emulsion.
A critically important realm of avant-garde cinema has been largely neglected in North America over the years: the wave of films that emerged in the countries of ex-Yugoslavia. While a handful of filmmakers have penetrated the consciousness of scholars and cineastes – Dušan Makavejev above all, though Karpo Godina and Želimir Žilnik have begun to make ripples as well – these artists are merely the tip of the iceberg, representing an experimental film movement of extraordinary richness, inventiveness, and uncompromising political engagement.
In this one-night program, Berlin-based OJOBOCA (Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy) will present a selection of 16mm films and projector performances that demonstrates the collective’s practice of Horrorism, “a simulated method of inner and outer transformation.” OJOBOCA’s films and performances are as rich in visual and sensory texture as they are in drawing upon and inspiring an imaginative and creative spirit. Taking place 3000 years in the future and featuring a cast of jungle-dwelling gnomes, La Gente Perra is a film based on fragments of a story by the Colombian writer, Gomati D. Wahn. The collective’s penchant for representing phantasmagoric stories and images continues with Wolkenschatten, a narrated slideshow composed of remnant images that eerily document the mysterious disappearance of an entire German town in the 1980s. The program concludes with two projection performances and will be followed by a conversation with the artists.
Projectors invade the auditorium to reveal seven amazing double screen works – three seminal classics and four from the British new analogue wave. Interaction, juxtaposition, synchronization and repetition drive these films. The action here is not just happening on the filmstrips – it also belongs in the moment of projecting.