Los Angeles Filmforum presents: An Evening With Wheeler Winston Dixon
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 7:30 pm
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Wheeler Winston Dixon in person!
All films screened are Los Angeles premieres.
Wheeler Winston Dixon has been making films since the 1960s, in addition to writing numerous books, and has had screenings at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives, Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam), Studio 44 (Stockholm), La lumière collective (Montréal), The BWA Katowice Museum (Poland), The Microscope Gallery, The National Film Theatre (UK), The Jewish Museum, The Millennium Film Workshop, The San Francisco Cinématheque, The Maryland Institute College of Art, The New Arts Lab, The Collective for Living Cinema, The Kitchen and elsewhere. In his first Los Angeles show, he screens some of his more recent work in digital video.
- Human Scale (2016, Color, Sound, 4:21 min.)
"Civilization is crushing us; you can see it in the scale of the buildings, the elaborate outdoor malls where no one ever goes, the walkways that carry us from one building to another without ever touching the Earth - and yet we keep endlessly walking, intent on whatever errands we think are important." - Wheeler Winston Dixon
"One thing is sure. The earth is now more cultivated and developed than ever before. There is more farming with pure force, swamps are drying up, and cities are springing up on unprecedented scale. We’ve become a burden to our planet. Resources are becoming scarce, and soon nature will no longer be able to satisfy our needs.” - Quintus Septimus Florens Tertullianus, Roman theologian, 200 AD
- Take One (2015, Color, Sound, 4:06 min.)
"Manipulation, sloganizing, depositing, regimentation, and prescription cannot be components of revolutionary praxis, precisely because they are the components of the praxis of domination." - Paulo Freire
"America is one of few advanced nations that allow direct advertising of prescription drugs." - Robert Reich
“People [look] for easy answers to big problems . . . [they] can’t realize that a heck of a lot of things are bound to go wrong in a world as big as this one. And if there is any answer to why it’s that way – and there ain’t always – why, it’s probably not just one answer by itself, but thousands of answers. They buy some books by a fella that don’t know a god-danged thing more than they do (or he wouldn’t be having to write books). And that’s supposed to set ‘em straight about everything. Or they buy themselves a bottle of pills.” ― Jim Thompson, in his novel "Pop. 1280"
- Lost II (2016, Color and B/W, Sound, 3:07 min.)
"When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray." - Dante Alighieri
- Look (2017, B/W, Sound, 3:27 min.)
“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau
- Life of Luxury (2016, Color, Sound, 4:08 min.)
"We're ruled by consumerism, fashion fads, and gossip. It's in print ads, on the web, on television, digital signage, billboards - anywhere you can post an image. Once it was peripheral, but now it's the center of all media." - Wheeler Winston Dixon
"The slogan 'because you're worth it' has come to epitomize the banal narcissism of early 21st century capitalism; easy indulgence and effortless self-love all available at a flick of the credit card." - Geoff Mulgan
"When I think about creating abundance, it's not about creating a life of luxury for everybody on this planet; it's about creating a life of possibility. It is about taking that which was scarce and making it abundant." - Peter Diamandis
- L.A. (2016, Color, Sound, 1:05 min.)
"L.A. is a great big freeway / Put a hundred down and buy a car / In a week, maybe two, they'll make you a star / Weeks turn into years. How quick they pass / And all the stars that never were / Are parking cars and pumping gas" - Hal David & Burt Bacharach
- An American Dream (2016, Color, Sound, 22:37 min.)
“An American Dream traces the rise of late-stage capitalism in the United States, and the decline of personal interaction. Money, violence, and consumerism dominate the images here, as befits a society in which 1% of the populace control 99% of the nation’s wealth, leaving the rest of us as mere spectators. In the final analysis, An American Dream is a requiem for a society in which inequality is the new norm.” – Wheeler Winston Dixon
"A painful lament - the film’s theme is the rise of late-stage American capitalism, and the decline of personal interaction amidst increasing attachment to money, violence, and consumerism." – Peter Monaghan, Moving Image Archive News
"Watching An American Dream, hypnotized by the beautiful motion of slowly flying fragments of glass accompanied by heavenly voices, is like washing down several Valium pills with a martini, and musing on the state of American life as you drift off into a long, imperturbable sleep." – David Finkelstein, Kulturtidskrifter
- The Beautiful People (2016, Color, Sound, 1:13 min.)
"Fantasy love is much better than reality love. I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. I think it would be terrific if everybody was alike." - Andy Warhol
- Prison State (2018, Color and B/W, Sound, 2:47)
“In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world's population, it houses around 22 percent of the world's prisoners.” – Wikipedia
- Burn Area (2016, Color, Sound, 2:55 min.)
"The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn." - David Russell
- Careering (2018, Color, Sound, 6:36 min.)
“We got sidetracked and diverted into these boxes, these cubicles in offices. So instead of investing your time in a passion, you’ve sold your life to work for an uncaring machine that doesn’t understand you. That’s the problem with our society. And what’s the reward? Go home and get a big TV.” – Joe Rogan
- Neon Flag (2018, Color, Sound, 2:32)
“What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the side streets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon. In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!” – Allen Ginsberg
Tickets: $10 general; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum Members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://arianagerstein.bpt.me or at the door.
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Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2019 is our 44th year.