Screenings

  • Judith Barry: …Cairo stories

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    Created from a collection of more than 200 interviews Judith Barry conducted with Cairene women between the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, …Cairo stories is a series of short video monologues. The selection of stories chronicles personal experiences of women from a variety of social and economic classes in Egypt and expands the artist’s concerns with notions of representation, history, subjectivity, and translation – particularly as these ideas circulate across cultures.

    The original interviews were conducted in simultaneous translation to maintain fluidity and integrity of tone and meaning, and Barry considers them to be collaborations between her and the subjects. The vast source material was then ‘vetted’ by a diverse range of Cairene women. The emotional integrity of each woman’s story is the crux of this project; the translators and interviewees remained active participants in both the narrative arc of their stories and the development of the project. In the gallery, a selection of 15 narratives is performed by actors, highlighting that all stories, including those we tell ourselves, are ultimately fictions.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, April 10, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, May 31, 2014 (All day)

    Venue: 

    waterside contemporary - London, United Kingdom
  • Xcèntric: Robert E. Fulton. A country in the mind

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    US filmmaker, aviator and musician, Robert E. Fulton (1939-2002) died in a crash involving his own plane in Pennsylvania. He was an artist of unwonted complexity and depth. He worked as an aerial cameraman and director of photography on various documentaries, including those of his friend Robert Gardner. His enigmatic, labyrinthine films are full of a defiant poetics that gives rise to a metaphysical prose. Fulton was an acrobat and an agitator, mixing images and ideas to create unusual superpositions that convey a highly personal sense of lyricism. His cinema is that of the adventurer, revealing to us the dazzling landscape of a new world.

    Programme:
    - Vineyard IV, 3 min
    - Swimming Stone, 14 min
    - Starlight, 1970, 5 min
    - Path of Cessation, 1974, 15 min
    - Aleph, 1982, silent, 17 min
    - Wilderness: A Country in the Mind, 1984, 20 min.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 20:00

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  • Kinoplaylist: Laida Lertxundi & Alberto Cabrera Bernal

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    As part of the Cinema Revealed series

    Laida Lertxundi and Alberto Cabrera Bernal are two filmmakers who choose celluloid format as a means of expression. Thus, traditional videoplaylist, where a certain character shares his favorite online videos with the audience, becomes in this case a hypnotic session called kinoplaylist, where thanks to two 16mm projectors, the Internet is replaced by real cinema. An innovative proposal with crossed projections where they will share their own movies, inspiring movies by other authors and a final surprise that is a project-specific collaboration between the two artists.

    Dates: 

    Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 18:30

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  • Choreographies of Creation and Destruction

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    Joshua Churchill, John Davis and Greg Pope In Person
    Presented in association with ShapeShifters Cinema and Stanford University’s Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery

    In Apparent Motion 2012—the performance cinema centerpiece to that year’s Crossroads film festival—British artist Greg Pope brought down the house with the 16mm Cipher Screen, his two-projector masterwork of erasure and construction. For a follow-up appearance Pope returns to the Bay Area for a series of expanded cinema performances with live sound collaboration at Stanford University, ShapeShifters Cinema and Cinematheque. Tonight’s program features Pope’s his dual-slide projector piece Celluloid, a slide projector-based flicker film, a “celluloid ghost,” a proto-cinematic excursion through the detritus of industrial cinema. Live soundtrack to Celluloid to be performed by local electroacoustic ensemble Voicehandler. Single-channel films by Pope—including Mass Observation, Moon Walk and Incidence Room—will also screen. Preceding Pope is the Bay Area’s own John Davis with his sound/image amalgams and live slo-motion image analysis, presented with the live sonic accompaniment of Joshua Churchill. (Steve Polta)

    Dates: 

    Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Center for New Music - San Francisco, United States
  • AXWFF: The Ghost Thing

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    The Ghost Thing, an AXWFF Screening

    Reviewed by Joel Schlemowitz in Boog City Issue 87, p8: “Haunted Landscapes Poetic and Experimental Cinema Screenings” 

    Programme:
    - The Broken News Series – Part 1: Disaster (Lori Felker, USA, 4.00 minmin.)
    - Missing Green (Joey Huertas aka Jane Public, 9.48min.)
    - Melt In The Shade (Kyoungju Kim, USA, 6.00min.)
    - No. 1515 (Carolyn Radlo, USA, 5.37min.)
    - Gowanus Haze (Margaret Rorison, Brooklyn, 5.41min.)
    - The Time That Remains (Soda Jerk, Australia, 12.00min.)
    - The Deep Dark (Laura Heit, USA, Music: Emily Lacy, 7.07min.)
    - 2198 ghosts in the sun people in the sea (Yvette Granata, USA, 3.20min.)

    For Complete Information: http://axwff.com

    AXWFF promotes and screens films made by women that: are experimental or feature alternative forms, or that may contain themes and issues distinct to women and girls.

    AXWFF works to inspire others to make and hone their own experimental work to be shared in a public forum.

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 18:00

    Venue: 

    Anthology Film Archives - New York, United States
  • Bozar: Bruce McClure/Els van Riel

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    18h - Els Van Riel / Chiyoko Szlavnics / Johan Bossers
    - Gradual Speed (Els Van Riel, 2013, 16mm, b&w, 50')
    With links to the tradition of structural film making, the work by the Brussels based film-and videomaker, Els Van Riel, explores the fundamental elements for cinema: time, light and the matter of analogue cinema itself.
    “Gradual Speed is a work on and for black and white 16mm-film seen as matter, and at the same time as a metaphor for everything we cannot grasp”. (Els van Riel)

    - Concert: Constellations I-III for Piano & Sinewaves (Chiyoko Szlavnics, 2011, 15’). Piano. Johan Bossers.
    The soundtrack for Gradual Speed was created in collaboration with Chiyoko Szlavnics (CAN/DE). She studied music at the University of Toronto, and privately with the composer James Tenney. Her approach relies on drawings as the basis for her compositions and on observations of the interactions between electric and sine waves and the sounds produced by instruments. Her Constellations will be interpreted by the pianist Johan Bossers (BE), co-founder of Champ d’Action, and active in the ensembles Ictus, QO-2, Spectra and I Fiamminghi.

    20h - Bruce McClure
    - A Leak in the Thatch (Bruce McClure, 2014)
    Projector performance for two modified projectors and two bi-packed film loops
    The performances of Bruce McClure (US) are immersive physical experiences with obvious hallucinatory characteristics. Stretched in time they develop an intensity on the level of light and sound, texture and color, blur and flicker while exploring the interference of the images, though McClure (trained as architect) never loses the spectator and the surrounding space out of sight. The sound of the projectors can take on monstrous proportions, deformed by pedals, often used for electrical guitars…. As if the spectator and the cinematic space are sucked into the epicenter of the cinematographic apparatus itself, in the heart of the machine, in a burst of light and the sputtering of the engine. “To me, it’s an experience of nature like a rainy day or being overwhelmed by vertigo in an assault of snow blindness.”

    Dates: 

    Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 18:00

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  • Canyon Cinema Salon: Sandra Davis

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    Canyon Cinema Foundation is proud to announce its new public programming adventure – the Canyon Cinema Salon. An opportunity for dialogue and exploration, these monthly events are designed as a platform for the community to directly engage and learn from moving image artists in an intimate setting.  Artists will have an open forum to present work from their repertoire,  discuss creative process, and share their inspirations. Free, open to the public and volunteer run, the Salon series is hosted by New Nothing Cinema (16 Sherman Street, downtown San Francisco).

    Join us for the inaugural Canyon Cinema Salon on Monday, February 24th featuring San Francisco-based experimental filmmaker and curator Sandra Davis. She will present a contrasting duo that demonstrate differing avenues of motivation and inspiration in her practice – Ignorance Before Malice (2006, excerpt), a blistering essay film that sheds light on the struggle to heal within the American medical system and coming to terms with one’s own physical limitations and mortality; along with a very personal, short, ode-like work For A Young Cineaste / A Une Jeune Cineaste (2014) which blissfully travels into another, and  private, direction.

    Dates: 

    Monday, February 24, 2014 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    New Nothing Cinema - San Francisco, Estados Unidos
  • Sonic Circuits presents Expanded Cinema at the DC Independent Film Festival

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    Experimental Cinema and Music Program at DC Independent Film Festival

    A live experimental cinema and sound event where filmmakers and sound artists collaborate to create a new audiovisual experience.

    - Lynn/Barbiero/Rouzer
    Unedited Super 8 films shot by Chris H Lynn will be accompanied by a live improv score from Daniel Barbiero, Gary Rouzer, and Chris H Lynn. The score will include double bass, clarinet, cello,objects, and various sound sources. The rhythm of the projector and the internal tempo of the shots will also contribute to the audiovisual experience.

    - Margaret Rorison
    Margaret Rorison is a writer, curator and filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. Rorison's work has been screened at various festivals and venues including Mono No Aware VI & VII, Brooklyn, NY; T.I.E. Alternative Measure’s, Colorado Springs, CO; 2013 Sonic Circuits Festival, Washington D.C.; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Eyebeam, New York, NY; The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia; and The High Zero Festival, Baltimore, MD.

    - Video Love
    The electro-pop duo's first album features nine uninhibited tracks which magnify and refine an essential melodic and rhythmic simplicity. Elmapi and Matterlink send radical beats in motion while letting loose sampled sounds to swirl into their retro-futurist world. Rhythms fall like waves of rain and accumulate to the rupture point while the vocals rally the radical sounds with tactile and determined verse. Filmmaker and sensory experimenter Matterlink aka James Schneider has been working with sound and image for more than 20 years - beginning with his early years in Washington DC's punk community playing music, working in photography, and multiple projecting 16mm films during concerts. As Matterlink, he performs a raw, sound-driven approach to this new art of live cinema.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 15:30

    Venue: 

    Goethe Institute Washington - Washington, United States
  • Animals Moving to the Sound of Drums & Other Films by Jonathan Schwartz

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    Jonathan Schwartz is an American experimental filmmaker who has been making poetic non-fiction 16mm films for over a decade. In both his travel films and his more diaristic work he draws influence from certain traditional approaches to observational filmmaking as well as from mentors Saul Levine and Mark LaPore. The soundtracks to his films are stitched together from rich textural field recordings and subdued synch-sound that slides above the images. In Den of Tigers, filmed in Calcutta, India, the clang and hum of an outdoor marketplace gives way to a quick jam of tablas and chengilas, or a man’s voice explaining that perhaps “…where you are sitting right now, it might have been the den of a tiger.” But what we see are haircuts performed on the side-walk, books stacked floor-to-ceiling, eggs boiling in a broad black pan. The perceptual experience is condensed by layering images and sound from different moments, but in the very same way it is expanded and a third space created through the happy montage. Where one moment in Nothing is Over Nothing an open door is abruptly closed by a disembodied hand, in another the filmmaker himself is smiling into the camera and offering flowers; perhaps it is an unspoken reconciliation between the intimacy of shared personal experience and the slight melancholy of being in a foreign place. In other works, like his 33 1/3 series of in-camera edited films, the aural and visual attention paid to color, shape, and texture is more explicit. What remains familiar throughout is the lyrical sense to editing and the opaque layering of sound and image. Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, Jonathan joins us in Portland for a two-night survey of his films and discussion of his practices.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 19:30
    Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Shattuck Hall Annex - Portland, United States
  • Restless Journeys

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    Join Sonic Circuits for an evening of experimental cinema from around the globe in room A5. 

    - Narita Morning (Chris H. Lynn)
    Images from Narita, Japan between the hours of 5 and 6 a.m. near the bamboo forest.

    - Hudson River Landscapes (Patrick Tarrant)
    Recorded from a 24th-floor window on Broadway, Hudson River Landscapes maps the elevated terrain of Manhattan's Upper West Side where laborers and layabouts, while displaced from the city beneath them and framed by the river behind them, function like secret agents in an unscripted spy drama. Patrick Tarrant is a filmmaker and lecturer in Digital Film and Video at London South Bank University.

    - Hull (Tara Nelson)
    A journey between layers of corporal consciousness, Hull explores the physical memory of trauma, and the psychological repercussions of a surgical disaster.

    -A Rolling Mind, a collaboration between South Korean sound artist Una Lee and Chris H. Lynn
    Shot on black-and-white Super 8 film, audio visual rhythms and restless abstractions create a space for inner reflection.

    Plus live Super 8 projection taken from Journal of Drifting Hours reel 5. 

    Dates: 

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Washington DC, United States

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