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  • tank tv: Michael Robinson

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    Chiquitita And The Soft Escape (Michael Robinson, 2003)tank.tv dedicates its September exhibition to the film and video work of Michael Robinson, a young american filmmaker and photographer who combines found and his own footage in new ways, exploring the relationships and narratives that surge form their distance.
    The exhibition presents the practical totality of Robinson's work from the last 6 years: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (16mm color film, 8:00, 2005), Hold Me Now (DV, 5 min., 2008), The General Returns From One Place To Another (16mm color film/DV, 11:00, 2006), And We All Shine On (16mm color film, 7:00, 2006), Light Is Waiting (DV, 11:00, 2007), Chiquitita And The Soft Escape (16mm color film, 10:00, 2003), All Through The Night (DV, 4:00, 2008), Carol Anne Is Dead (DV, 7:30, 2008) and Victory Over The Sun (16mm color film, 12:30, 2007).

    Michael Robinson @ tank.tv from September 2nd to 22nd.

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  • Abstracta 2009 awards

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    Abstracta, the abstract cinema film festival, has made public its awards for the 2009 edition.

    Winners, ex aequo

    - Before the election (2009) Shun Yu Mo, China
    - Ironwood (2009) Richard Tuohy, Australia

    Honorable mentions of the jury

    - Free women (2008/2009) Viviane Vagh, France.
    - In girum (2008) Nick Cope, GB.
    - Lost in the desert (2008) Shoa Abu Hussien, Egypt.
    - M (2009) Félix Dufour-Laperrière, Canada.
    - Lipton files (2006) Justin Wiggan, GB.
    - Intermezzo (2006) Rafael Balboa Rivera, Mexico.
    - Vagina cosmica (2009) Otolab(Luca Pertegato e Fabio Volpi), Italy.

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  • Experimental Conversations Summer Issue

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    The new issue of online magazine Experimental Conversations is out. The summer issue is full of interesting articles such as the ones on Hollis Frampton, Alan Lambert's film Ouroboros, and a review of the Márgenes 2009 festival.

     

    Articles:
    - Editorial
    - Hollis Frampton: Words & Pictures by Matt Packer
    - Impressions of 'Ouroboros' by Maximilian Le Cain
    - The Cards Are Laid Out by Peter Murray
    - Video, Landscape and the Politics & Poetics of Place in Ireland by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith
    - Cache by Phillina Sun

    Reviews:
    - Cinema Now Wants A Body Or The Politics Of The Red Carpet
    - In Search of Utopia
    - Margenes '09

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  • Antoni Muntadas receives the Velazquez Award

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    Antoni Muntadas - The Board Room (Boston, 1987)Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942) has received the Velazquez Award, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, for 'his work as a pioneer of spanish videoart and his conceptual enquiries on the power mechanisms and the reality built by the mass-media' . Muntadas , who lives and works in New York since 1971, is a multimedia artist who uses photography, video, publications, internet and multi-media installations to address social, political and communication issues.

    Muntadas has received several prizes and grants including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Electronica in Linz/Austria, Laser d'Or in Locarno, Switzerland and the Premi Nacional d'Arts Plastiques de la Generalitat de Catalunya. He currently teaches in the Visual Arts Program at MIT Boston .

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  • Ubuweb hosts AFA's audio collection

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    Anthology Film Archives logoUbuweb, in partnership with Anthology Film Archives, will be hosting mp3 files of over 1000 tapes from Anthology's audio collection. These include interviews, Q&As, lectures, etc... some of them dated over 50 years ago (back to the classic session 'Poetry and the film' in Vogel's Cinema 16). The first batch that has already been published includes:

    - P. Adams Sitney Interviews Kenneth Anger on WNYC's "Arts Forum" (1972)
    - Charles Levine Interviews Robert Breer (July 1970)
    - Jonas Mekas Interviews Emile De Antonio (11/06/1969)
    - Poetry And The Film: Amos Vogel, Maya Deren, Parker Tyler, Willard Maas & Dylan Thomas Sessions 1 & 2 At Cinema 16
    - P. Adams Sitney Interviews Sidney Peterson On WNYC's "Arts Forum" (1976)    
    - Annette Michelson Interviews Yvonne Rainer On WNYC's "Arts Forum" (01/25/1974)
    - Pauline Kael And Stan Brakhage (1964?)
    - Robert Haller Interviews Carolee Schneemann (11/30/1973)
    - Hollis Frampton At Binghampton University, Part 1 & 2 (03/11/1972)
    - Ken Jacobs, Larry Gottheim, Stan Brakhage: Binghampton Council Of Churches (11/23/1970)
    - Harry Smith Interviewed by P. Adams Sitney (1965)

    Ubuweb is also hosting a selection of articles from the magazine Film Culture, including seminal pieces by Parker Tyler, Rudolf Arnheim, Jerome Hill, Ron Rice, Taylor Mead...

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  • CVM receives preservation grant

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    cvm_logoThe Center for Visual Music has received a prestigious Avant-Garde Masters Grant for the preservation of 3 reels of Oskar Fischinger’s original 35mm nitrate film experiments from his 'Raumlichtkunst' multiple projector performances of the 1920s. Funded by The Film Foundation and managed by The National Film Preservation Foundation, the program encourages archives to save works significant to the development of the avant-garde in America. The Film Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. Joining Scorsese on the board are: Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg.

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  • Afterimages

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    lux_logoLux has redesigned its online shop to provide a full functionality, and with it, there comes a big surprise: The Afterimages DVD label, only available for institutional purchase, are available now for retail. The four titles that have been released so far feature selected works by Malcom Le Grice, Peter Gidal, Vivienne Dick and Lis Rhodes, all of them for 20 GBP each.

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  • Red Avocado

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    Red Avocado logoA new Europe-based DVD label has been born. Red Avocado ("Films as rare as red avocados") will produce and distribute avant-garde and experimental films on DVD. Its first planned releases (as of now available only for preorder) include the works of Paul Winkler, Bastian Clevé, Ingo Petzke and Christoph Janetzko.

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  • Film-Makers' Cooperative to be evicted

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    film_coop_logoDear Friends and Members of the Film-Makers' Cooperative:

    Since December 2000 our office has been located in a New York City government space, the "Clocktower Gallery".  It has been a safe and convenient location.  The FMC had a lease with MoMA/PS.1 on a month to month basis.  MoMA is terminating its lease and the FMC's sublease will terminate with it.  Alanna Heiss (former P.S. 1 Director ) is negotiating a new lease with the city through the Dept. of Cultural Affairs.  Although the floor plans she had submitted to the city for her new organization, Art Radio International, (that originally included the FMC) Heiss has decided there is no room for the FMC anymore. 
    Upon further negotiation with Art Radio International we have been refused a sublease.  We have received an eviction notice and are trying to appeal to the Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin to support our efforts to remain either in our current building or to move to another, affordable city space. You can write to Kate D. Levin directly at

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildcla.html

    The more letters that are received on our behalf, the better!

    Of course, we are working with legal consul. The FMC Board of Directors, and M.M. Serra  will continue to keep you informed. Any questions you have, please call the FMC office at 212-267-5665.

    This message was sent by: Film Coop, 108 Leonard Street, 13 floor, New York, New York 10013

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  • FFF 2009 Experimental Selections Announced

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    The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of experimental films for 2009. Congratulations to our outstanding group of moviemakers.

    Winner Best Experimental Film:

    * Themes + Variations for the Naked Eye (Caitlin Horsmon, Kansas City, Missouri)

    Honorable Mention:

    * Double Thunder (Potter-Bellmar Labs, San Antonio, Texas)

    Official Selections:

    * Automatic (Sharon Mooney, Chicago, Illinois)
    * 4 Minutes on an Abandoned Bridge (Todd Tinkham, Durham, North Carolina)
    * Random Access Memory (Gavin Rehder, Fargo, North Dakota)

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