From the City of Angels to the City of Light, the filmmaker/programmer/film restorer Mark Toscano offers us in this program recently restored copies of Los Angeles artists' films.
The avant-garde cinematographic movement of Los Angeles has been for decades little studied and shown in comparison to the other two major US avant-garde centers New York and San Francisco. The city of Los Angeles has howver witnessed an extremely varied production and that has been the origin of a particularly influential culture of experimental film.
These eight films represent an admittedly small but eclectic sample of the historic experimental production in Los Angeles: from major works such as those of Chick Strand, Pat O'Neill and Thom Andersen to those of lesser known artists like Daina Krumins, Fred Worden & Chris Langdon, to short films rarely shown of Joseph Strick, Penelope Spheeris or Gus Van Sant.
In the presence of Mark Toscano.
- Southern California (Louis Hock, 1979, video loop, colour, silent, 10' 00)
- Flea Sings (Gus Van Sant, 1991, 35 mm, colour, sound, 3' 00)
- Muscle Beach (Joseph Strick, 1948, 35 mm, b&w, sound, 9' 00)
- Now, You Can Do Anything (Chris Langdon & Fred Worden, 1973, 16 mm, colour, sound, 6' 00)
- Anselmo (Chick Strand, 1967, 16 mm, colour-b&w, sound, 4' 00)
- The Divine Miracle (Daina Krumins, 1973, 35 mm, colour, sound, 5' 00)
- Easyout (Pat O'Neill, 1972, 16 mm, colour, sound, 9' 00)
- I Don't Know (Penelope Spheeris, 1970, 16 mm, b&w, sound, 18' 00)
- --- ------- (A Rock And Roll Movie) (Thom Andersen, 1967, 16 mm, colour, sound, 12' 00)