Screenings

  • 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 to Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 17:55

    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 to Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 18:55

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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 to Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 18:55

    Venue: 

    New Nothing Cinema - San Francisco, United States
  • 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
  • Alexandra Cuesta: Films & Influences

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    At the invitation of art cinema OFFoff, Courtisane is very pleased to present a program composed of films made and chosen by artist and filmmaker Alexandra Cuesta (EC/US). Inspired as much by Walker Evans‘s reticent street photography as by Bruce Baillie’s sensuous film poems, her work manages to strike a delicate balance between the mundane and the poetic, the material and the intelligible. Public places and urban landscapes are observed in their splendor and singularity through the abstract and vernacular figures of everyday life, exploring the constructions of space and structures of time that can be found in the order and disorder of people’s daily movements and environments. These filmic portraits in motion, elegantly composed of textures of light and fragments of bodies, are reminiscent of an approach that Flaubert once referred to as an “absolute way of seeing things”, manifesting the sensible intensities of the most ordinary things, on the point of disentangling the connections that make them into functional objects. It is precisely in this point of tension that the sensibility of Alexandra Cuesta’s work is situated, perpetually oscillating between a fleeting play of correspondences and a surface of percepts and affects that is there for us to engage with.

    Dates: 

    Monday, February 17, 2014 - 20:30

    Venue: 

    OFFoff Cinema - Ghent, Bélgica
  • Xcèntric: Paul Sharits and Carl E. Brown. Scopic discharge

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    Paul Sharits developed a materialist, stroboscopic cinema based on the technique of flickering images and colours, denying the illusion of film and stressing the subjective perception of the spectator. Carl E. Brown, conversely, has explored the expressive nature of cinematographic material by reinventing procedures and tools. This session brings together two of their films that address the experience of various individuals with mental illnesses and the electroshock therapy they receive. Alternating monochrome stills and images of patients with epileptic attacks taken from a medical study of the activity of brain waves during convulsions, in Epileptic Seizure Comparison Paul Sharits presents the spectator with the experience of the electric shock of these disorders. Inspired by the book The Myth of Mental Illness by psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, in Full Moon Darkness Carl E. Brown juxtaposes expressionist views with Szasz’s accusation of his profession of abuse of power, and interviews with patients who “survived” his treatment.

    Programme:
    - Epileptic Seizure Comparison (Paul Sharits, 1976, 30 min)
    - Full Moon Darkness (Carl E. Brown, 1985, 90 min)

    Dates: 

    Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 20:00 to Friday, March 7, 2014 - 19:55

    Venue: 

  • To Be Here: The Films of Ute Aurand

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    The playful and poignant films of German filmmaker Ute Aurand, a key figure in Berlin’s experimental film scene since the 1980s, emerge from her intimate relationship with people and places. Drawing on traditions of the diary film, feminism and artisanal practices, her handcrafted 16mm films are filled with joy at the small details of life – from observations of landscapes to friends filmed over many years. Her exuberant films reflect on memory as much as they celebrate the here and now. These screenings presented by the artist will highlight the range and breadth of Aurand’s filmmaking.

    Curated by George Clark, Assistant Curator Film, Tate Modern

    Dates: 

    Friday, February 21, 2014 (All day)
    Saturday, February 22, 2014 (All day)

    Venue: 

    Tate Modern - London , United Kingdom
  • 7 films by Jeanne Liotta

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    Jeanne Liotta will introduce 7 of her films in the ETNA lab. The screnning is purposed and programmed by Filipe Afonso. 

    Primarily described as a filmmaker, Liotta is also a researcher, professor and a multi-media artist. Her latest body of work takes place in a constellation of mediums investigating the cosmic landscape at a curious interesection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Her film "Observando el Cielo" received the Tiger Award for Short Film at the Rotterdam Film Festival and was named TOP Ten 2007 on Artforum Magazine as well as Top Ten of The Village Voice and one of the ten best experimental films of the decade by Film Comment. Her work has been represented in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, The New York Film Festival, KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne; The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art; and The Sundance Channel among others. She has received awards from The Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and The Museum of Contemporary Cinema.

    Dates: 

    Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 20:00 to Monday, February 10, 2014 - 19:55

    Venue: 

    L'Etna - Montreuil, France

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