Screenings

  • The Improbable Made Possible: A Displaced People

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    The Improbable Made Possible is a roaming screening series that showcases contemporary avant-garde cinema, exposing the traditions of direct observation and speculative fiction. Since 2011, this annual initiative has invited recognized pioneers and emerging practitioners to partake in curated programs at renowned venues. Through projection and participation, it advances alternative modes of moving images and challenges the pursuits of those in attendance. Previous destinations include Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter Film Festival, UnionDocs and Spectacle Theater.

    A Displaced People marks the fifth appearance of this series. It begins with a familiar farewell. A shared, secreted commute then makes way for apalpable, parading façade. The presence and absence of maternal lineage leads to depth defying processions. Celebrity personas, on stage and off, are soon re-imagined in séance fictions of disillusioned selves. Customs that challenge complacency on an isolated yet integrated island prophesy the occurrence of a cataclysm. Memoirs are finally transformed by means of tormented home video tapes and the nervous illness that follows, inside and out.

    Dates: 

    Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Terrault Contemporary - Baltimore, United States
  • Boris Lehman: Mes Sept Lieux (My Seven Places)

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    Microscope is thrilled to welcome back independent Belgian film-maker Boris Lehman to New York to premiere his latest film Mes Sept Lieux (My Seven Places).

    The more than 5 hour long work, filmed by Lehman from 1999 to 2010 shows the artists returning to his seven previous homes to record old places and friends, remember and reflect upon his life from past to present. The work consists of 10 parts and incorporates fragments of the documentary, fiction, personal diary, and bed-side table notes within. Mes Sept Lieux (My Seven Places) was shot on 16mm film but exists only as a digital work.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 18:00 to Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 17:55

    Venue: 

    Microscope Gallery - New York, United States
  • Mex-Parismental N°10

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    This 10th edition of Mex-Parismental is an opportunity to sublimate the course that helped forge the unique and strong identity of our event. Organized for creators whose most varied achievements are offered unrestrained to curious spectators, eager for new images with refreshing perspectives, stories of today, the revisited past, renewed themes, unseens universes.

    ¡Vamos! Mex-Parismental and Collectif Jeune Cinema have an appointment with you next Thursday, June 18 at the Cinema La CLef to watch this cinematographic creation and to let it go, be surprised, take on unmarked trails with us to watch, share, meet, go towards the unknown, stimulating and invigorating.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 20:30

    Venue: 

    Cinéma La Clef - Paris, France
  • La Vidéoshop

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    La Vidéoshop is the first and last store in a video rental chain that will never stretch from North America to France. La Vidéoshop will offer videos that you can’t find at a video shop. Avant-garde, anti-commercial, and DIY. La Vidéoshop will be located in a space that we can’t afford (Do you have any idea how much it costs to rent this place?). La Vidéoshop doesn’t sell anything. We don’t charge admission to the nightly screenings. Even the wine is free. Our business model is fatally flawed. La Vidéoshop won’t last. Enquire within for franchising opportunities. One day, there won’t be a Vidéoshop near you.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, June 18, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (All day)

    Venue: 

    La Vidéoshop - Paris, France
  • American Originals Now: Barbara Hammer

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    Barbara Hammer (b. 1939) has been making groundbreaking films for more than forty years. Often hailed as the creator of the queer cinema genre, and committed to the portrayal of the untold histories of women, Hammer has presented retrospectives of her work internationally, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, June 20, 2015 (All day)
    Sunday, June 21, 2015 (All day)
    Saturday, June 27, 2015 (All day)
    Sunday, June 28, 2015 (All day)

    Venue: 

    National Gallery of Art - Washington, United States
  • Minimus 3D Arkestra

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    Thanks to new technologies, artists can now make 3D films and play them like melodic, texture-based visual instruments in real time, performing in duets with acoustic musicians. A new genre of collaborative performance is in the making, as demonstrated in “Minimus 3D Arkestra,” a visual-sonic concert by Ikuo Nakamura (film) and Hayes Greenfield (sax/voice/effects rig).

    The performance weaves three-dimensional film narratives, from the celestial to the terrestial — shot by Nakamura in stunning, remote and dramatic locations — into the fiercely innovative live acoustic and electronic music by Greenfield. Visuals include the Aurora Borealis (shot in the Canadian Northwest Territories), subways of NYC, canyons in Utah, villages in the Andes and scenes of Easter Island in the Pacific. Nakamura’s films are shot with two identical cameras in stereo 3-D and none of them are computer-generated. Similarly, none of Greenfield’s music is sampled or pre-recorded; it is entirely acoustic and performed live, in real time.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 20:00 to Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 19:55
    Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 20:00 to Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 19:55
    Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 20:00 to Friday, July 3, 2015 - 19:55
    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 20:00 to Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 19:55
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 20:00 to Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 19:55
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 20:00 to Friday, July 10, 2015 - 19:55
    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 20:00 to Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 19:55
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 20:00 to Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 19:55
    Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 20:00 to Friday, July 17, 2015 - 19:55
    Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 20:00 to Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 19:55
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 20:00 to Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 19:55
    Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 20:00 to Friday, July 24, 2015 - 19:55
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 20:00 to Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 19:55
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 20:00 to Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 19:55
    Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 20:00 to Friday, July 31, 2015 - 19:55

    Venue: 

    13th Street Repertory Theatre - New York City , United States
  • An Exercise In Remembering: Péter Lichter and the Contemporary Hungarian Experimental Cinema

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    “The future of Hungarian experimental film is open” – claimed Lóránd Hegyi in his 1983 review of the topic. Thirty years later the same is true, and Hungarian experimental film still exists – even if it is currently hiding. Following the elimination of creative workshops and restructuring of film theaters, museums and galleries became primary forums for experimental films, and they have been forced to share the space with video art pieces designed for this specific environment. Raymond Bellour connected the gallery installation experience with the loss of sustained concentration and defined the cinema with its specific features (isolation, darkness, strict positioning of the viewer) as the optimal environment for focused attention – somnambulism versus hypnosis.

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (All day)
    Thursday, June 18, 2015 (All day)
    Friday, June 26, 2015 (All day)

    Venue: 

    Spectacle Theater - New York, United States
  • Jean-Paul Kelly: The Full Catastrophe

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    Using abstraction, animation, and re-enactments, Toronto-based artist Jean-Paul Kelly — the 2014 recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award for “artistic excellence in the moving image” at the New York Film Festival — has created a powerful series of short videos that examine the attractors and repulsors of various forms of media representation. Details from documentaries, press cuttings, publications, and online media streams are isolated, superimposed, composited, and otherwise reconfigured into new meanings — often in disturbing pairings of pleasure and pain, desire and trauma. The centrepiece of the program, Service of the goods, is a shot-by-shot reproduction of scenes from Frederick Wiseman documentaries, which have been stripped of their naturalistic signifiers to bring underlying ideologies into sharper focus. “This film is not only a bang-on piece of filmic analysis; it also poses fundamental questions about the representation of social institutions, and those stuck inside of them” (Michael Sicinski, Keyframe Magazine).

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    DIM Cinema - Vancouver, Canada
  • Not So Static - Films by Lorenzo Gattorna and Friends

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    Echo Park Film Center is pleased to bring Baltimore-based filmmaker and programmer Lorenzo Gattorna to screen his films and those of subsequent influence. The selections sway between Gattorna’s speculative surveys and haunting hybrids by his contemporaries. Seeming counterparts coalesce in polyvalent montage, i.e. analog and digital technologies, intuitive responses versus structuralist tendencies, singular and superimposed selves, parallel yet particular places as well as the direction of camera movement or even stasis thereof. Sharing a devotion to both estrangement and cognition, these artists attempt to elucidate each other by examining some postulated approximations of reality. They introduce a given set of changes - imaginary or inventive - into the common background of known facts, therefore creating an environment wherein the impressions of the viewers will reveal something about the inventions, the characters or both. Seeing is a kind of knowing fraught with seductive half-truths, misdirected fantasies and the consciousness that often a closer look only reveals greater distance.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 20:00 to Friday, June 19, 2015 - 19:55

    Venue: 

    Echo Park Film Center - Los Angeles, United States

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