• Tate Modern: Margaret Tait April 15th

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    Margaret Tait - Garden Pieces (1998)

    Margaret Tait
    Wednesday 15 April 2009, 18.30

    This special programme marks ten years since the death of acclaimed Scottish filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918-1999) and brings together her first film made on her native Orkney, A Portrait of Ga (1952) and her last film also made on Orkney, Garden Pieces (1998). Also featured is one of her rarely screened longer works, On The Mountain (1974) which has at its centre the changes to Rose Street, Edinburgh where she had a base for many years and features within it her earlier film Rose Street (1956). Happy Bees (1955) filmed from child height is of her nieces and nephews.

    The programme opens with a fleeting image of Margaret herself filmed in 1995 by the visiting filmmaker Ute Aurand. In The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo (1955) she matches images to her own reading of the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. To resonate with these works a selection of Margaret Tait's poems will be read by the writer Ali Smith.

    'A writer whose openness of mind, voice and structure all come from the Beats maybe, and Whitman crossed with MacDiarmid, but then cut their own original (and crucially female) path. A unique and underrated filmmaker, nobody like her. Born of the Italian neo-realists, formed of her own Scottish pragmatism, optimism, generosity and experimental spirit, and a clear forerunner of the English experimental directors of the late twentieth century. A clear example of, and pioneer of, the poetic tradition, the experimental tradition, the democratic tradition, in the best of risk-taking Scottish cinema.' Ali Smith.

    Introduced by Gareth Evans.


  • Migrating Forms 2009

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    Migrating Forms logoThe first Migrating Forms film festival, successor to the New York Underground Film Festival (1993-2008), will run from April 15th to the 19th at Anthology Film Archives. The new festival, co-directed by Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry (former directors of the NYUFF), will focus almost exclusively on experimental film and video art.

    The programme includes 14 feature films and over 50 short films by authors such as Owen Land, Barbara Hammer, Robert Todd, Cecilia Condit, John Smith or Stephanie Barber, and the return of the Tube Time found footage tournament. According to co-director Kevin McGarry, “working under the new identity of Migrating Forms has given the organization freedom to explore and exhibit work without situating it in terms of notions of “underground.


  • The April Fool’s Cinema Show: Robert Banks

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    The April Fool’s Cinema Show:
    Screening of works directed by Robert Banks – With introduction by the artist
    Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 9pm
    West Lecture Hall
    Oberlin College Science Center
    119 Woodland St.
    Oberlin, OH 44074

    Please join Pioneer Species and The Oberlin Independent Film Series in welcoming the Cleveland-based, cult-cinema-inspired filmmaker Robert Banks to Oberlin for a retrospective screening of his unique oeuvre, which includes multiple award-winning films. A self-described “moving graffiti” artist, Banks has been a champion of emulsion-based cinema for many years, inspiring and challenging audiences with politically and culturally conscious commentary on the film medium.  Working in 16mm and 35mm formats, Banks uses found footage, new footage, and hand-manipulated film to question the intentions of the motion picture industry over that last several decades.

    About Robert Banks:

    Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Robert Banks specializes in avant-garde structuralist filmmaking.  He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, and has taught film at Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University.  Banks’ films have shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Underground Film Festival, and the Black Mariah Film & Video Festival, among others. Over the course of his career Banks has garnered numerous awards, was named Filmmaker of the Year at the Midwest Filmmakers Conference in 2001, and in 2000 was the honored guest filmmaker at the BBC British Short Film Festival in London.  His best-known work is the 1992 film, X: The Baby Cinema, a 5-minute, 16mm film that chronicles the commercial appropriation of the image of Malcolm X.  An instant underground classic, the film was selected for inclusion on the video compilation, The Best Of The New York Underground: Year One.

    The April Fool’s Cinema Show lineup:

    - X, the baby cinema
    - My first drug, the idiot box
    - MPG: motion picture genocide
    - Jaded
    - Outlet
    - Embryonic
    - Goldfish & sunflowers
    - Autopilot
    - A.W.O.L.
    - Faith n chaos
    - Rock n’ roll blvd
    - Mercenary
    - Woman in circles

    About Pioneer Species:

    Pioneer Species is a micro-cinema screening alternative, independent, and experimental media every Wednesday night at various locations in Oberlin, Ohio.  Often, visiting artists and curators will be present to introduce their programs.  The micro-cinema is managed by students of the Oberlin College CINE 323: Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts course.

    About the Independent Film Series:

    The Independent Film Series (IFS) is an organization whose purpose is to expose the Oberlin community to unique films and film events unavailable within the constraints of other venues of exhibition. IFS focuses on cultivating an understanding of the independent filmmaker’s place in the larger dialog of cinematic culture, and stresses that fringe cinema is relevant, culturally informative, and important to keep alive in the digitally focused present.

    The April Fool’s Cinema Show is presented by Pioneer Species and with support from the Oberlin Independent Film Series.  These entities are working together to bring a greater diversity of alternative, independent, and experimental media to the community of Oberlin, with the goal of creating a broader awareness of non-mainstream media and media making. Watch for further updates and events!

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  • Scratch: Chris Welsby April 21st

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    Nature as Performer in the Films and Installations of Chris Welsby
    Cinéma Action Christine
    4, rue Christine
    75006 Paris
    Tuesday 21 April 2009 at 20h30 - 6 €

    Chris Welsby has been making and exhibiting work since 1969. His films and film/video installations have been exhibited internationally, at major galleries and museums. In April 2009, he will be presenting at SCRATCH some 16mm films from the 70’s and some recent works.

    "In my single screen films and single channel videos the mechanics of film and video interact with the landscape in such a way that elemental processes - such as changes in light, the rise and fall of the tide or changes in wind direction - are given the space and time to participate in the process of representation. The resulting sequences of images make it possible to envisage a relationship between technology and nature based on principles other than exploitation and domination.” - Chris Welsby

    - Shore line (1975)
    - Shore line 2 (1975)
    - Sky light (1986)
    - Lost lake (1998)
    - At sea (2003)
    - Lost lake #2 (2005)
    - Waterfall (2004)
    - Trees in winter (2006)
    - Tree studies (2006)
    - Taking time (2008)
    - Heavens breath (2009)
    - Seven days (1974)
    - Stream line (1976)
    - Colour separation (1974-76)


  • Directors Lounge presents:Thorsten Fleisch - March 26

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    Directors Lounge presents: Thorsten Fleisch
    followed by a concert of his band Band "Malende"
    Thursday, March 26

    Friedrichstraße 112a, (1. Stock)
    10117 Berlin
    U Oranienburger Tor

    In his work, Thorsten Fleisch is combining light, playful ways to linger on existential themes with meticulous handcraftship. The seemingly abstract work defines materiality in contemporary ways while at the same time, it is captivating on the level of pure pictorial sensations. The program and some of the films by themselves combine lens-based images (KILL and parts of Hautnah) with non-camera images, such as direct treatment of film material (Blutrausch and Kosmos) and computer-generated renderings (Gestalt). Some examples of the filmmakers collection of old educational science films will enrich the program, again bringing together the interests of Thorsten Fleisch in science and sensually captivating material.
    Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.


  • TIE Vienna April 22-24

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    Experimental Cinema
    April 22-24, 2009
    Austrian Film Museum

    In contrast to their canonized predecessors like Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol and Michael Snow, the younger generations of American experimental cinema are virtually unknown in Europe. Yet this independent film movement continues unabated. Notwithstanding the current “digital standard”, innovative work with film is undergoing a renaissance in North and South America.

    This revival manifests itself not only in the captivating works of new artists who have broken onto the scene, but also in new festivals and film-cultural initiatives, in critical reception (particularly among young online writers) and in the art world, where film projections are again playing a paradoxical "avant-garde role" vis-à-vis the omnipresence of video installation, new media exhibitions and ubiquitous video game art.

    Founded ten years ago, Christopher May's TIE - The International Experimental Cinema Exposition has been an ideal platform for these new generations of filmmakers (as well as for rediscoveries from previous decades). After several enthusiastically received events in North and South America, TIE is making its first guest appearance in Europe, at the invitation of the Film Museum. Christopher May will personally introduce four curated programs with a total of 45 works. These include films by several important artists who have yet to be discovered in Europe.

    Program 1:
    - Powerman (Lenny Lipton, 1966, 5 min)
    - Shudder (top and bottom) (Michael Gitlin, 2001, 3 min)
    - Transaension (Dan Baker, 2006, 7 min)
    - Metaphysical Education (Thad Povey, 2003, 4 min)
    - dippingSause (Luther Price, 2005, 10 min)
    - Film Dzama (Deco Dawson, 2001, 23 min)
    - And We All Shine On (Michael Robinson, 2006, 7 min)
    - Observando el Cielo (Jeanne Liotta, 2007, 19 min)
    - The Crossing (Timoleon Wilkins, 2007, 6 min)
    - Black and White Trypps Number Three (Ben Russell, 2007, 12 min)

    Program 2:
    - NYC Flower Film (Sandra Gibson, 2003, 3 min)
    - Parallax (Christopher Becks, 2008, 6 min)
    - Ecstatic Vessels (Diane Kitchen, 2007, 21 min)
    - You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Michael Robinson, 2005, 8 min)
    - To Be Regained (Zach Iannazzi, 2008, 10 min)
    - Angel Beach (Scott Stark, 2001, 10 min)
    - A Fall Trip Home (Nathaniel Dorsky, 1964, 11 min)
    - July Fix (Jason Livingston, 2006, 3 min)
    - The Parable of the Tulip Painter and the Fly (Charlotte Pryce, 2008, 4 min)
    - Ingreen (Nathaniel Dorsky, 1964, 12 min)
    - Bellagio Roll (Sandra Gibson, 2003, 3 min)

    Program 3:
    - Blocking (Pablo Marin, 2005, 2 min)
    - Progetti (Paul Bartel, 1962, 17 min)
    - Mylar Balloon Rip-off (Jason Halprin, 2007, 3 min)
    - Whirl (Scott Banning, 2007, 8 min)
    - While Revolved (Vincent Grenier, 1976, 10 min)
    - [Various 8mm Works] (Frank Biesendorfer, 2000-2009, 17
    - Space (Luis Recoder, 2001, 14 min)
    - My Mess (Jesse Kennedy, 2007, 4 min)
    - 1/48 (Jorge Lorenzo, 2008, 1 sec.)
    - Clip from Colorado Springs Home of Champions (Jim Prange, 1968, 4 min)
    - Double Your Pleasure (M.M. Serra, 2002, 4 min)
    - 90 Years (Jonathan Schwartz, 2008, 3 min)
    - Across the Rappahannock (Brian Frye, 2003, 11 min)

    Program 4:
    - What the Water Said, nos. 4-6 (David Gatten, 2007, 17 min)
    - In a Year with 13 Deaths (Jonathan Schwartz, 2008, 3 min)
    - Oblivion (Tom Chomont, 1969, 4 min)
    - Black and White Trypps Number Two (Ben Russell, 2006, 8 min)
    - The Fourth Watch (Janie Geiser, 2000, 9 min)
    - Spirit House (Robert Todd, 2008, 11 min)
    - Artifices #1 (Alexandre Larose, 2008, 4 min)
    - Sin título (Focus) (Pablo Marin, 2008, 4 min)
    - Film (Parkour) (Cine Parkour, 2008, 20 min)
    - Nothing Is Over Nothing (Jonathan Schwartz, 2008, 16 min)
    - Sacred Space (David Chaim Cohen, 2007, 14 min)


  • Canyon Cinema Screening March 20, 2009

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    New Improved Institutional Qualities..
    A showcase of preserved films distributed by Canyon Cinema
    Sponsored by Ninth Street Independent Film Center

    March 20, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
    $10 admission, at Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth Street at Minna in San Francisco.

    - Stan Brakhage's Riddle of Lumen (1972, 16mm, color, silent, 13.5 min.)
    Preserved by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    Saul Levine
    - Note to Pati (1969, 16mm, color, silent, 8 min., 18fps)
    - Note to Colleen (1974, 16mm, color, silent, 5 min., 18fps)
    Restoration 16mm blows-ups of 8mm films by the National Film Preservation Foundation, Anthology Film Archives and BB Optics.

    Jules Engel
    - Train Landscape (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 3 min.)
    - Silence (1968, 16mm, color, silent, 3 min.)
    - Shapes & Gestures (1976, 16mm, color, sound, 7 min.)
    Preservation by IotaCenter and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Adam Beckett
    - Flesh Flows (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 6 min.)
    - Sausage City (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 5 min.)
    - Dear Janice (1972, 16mm, color, sound, 15 min.)
    Preservation by IotaCenter and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    - Paul Sharits' T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1968, 16mm, color, sound, 12 min.)
    Preservation by Anthology Film Archives.

    Curated by Lauren Sorensen.

    About Canyon Cinema
    Canyon Cinema has been distributing and presenting the personal 16mm and Super 8mm prints of independent filmmakers around the world for close to 50 years. An organization moving in new directions, Canyon is pleased to present a showcase of films gleaning from that 50 year history. In tonight's  program, the gamut of this extraordinary work is represented; from the unsung  psychedelic animator to the most celebrated avant-garde filmmaker, no stone goes unturned in the good work performed by these moving image archives.

    For more information, please contact Lauren Sorensen ([email protected]) or Dominic Angerame ([email protected])  or call  415-626-2255


  • 2009 Visual Music Marathon

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    Visual Music Marathon 2009The MFA Computer Art Department at School of Visual Arts, the New York Digital Salon and the Department of Music and Multimedia Studies at Northeastern University present the New York premiere of the Visual Music Marathon , a 12-hour festival showcasing 120 works by contemporary digital artists and composers from around the world. The event offers an encyclopedic look into the burgeoning practice of visual music, which combines animation and musical composition. The roots of the genre date back more than two hundred years to the ocular harpsichords and color-music scales of the 18th century; the current art form came to fruition following the emergence of film and video in the 20th century.


  • Jack Smith: Live Film!

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    Jack Smith - Flaming CreaturesMarch 20-22, 2009 at Kino Arsenal , Berlin

    30 filmmakers, artists, performers, writers, curators, and theorists will be in Berlin to participate in a workshop on the American underground filmmaker Jack Smith. Afterwards they will prepare a contribution to a festival that will take place in October at Arsenal and HAU. Live Film! is curated by Susanne Sachsse, Marc Siegel, and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation.