SF Cinematheque presents Crossroads 2012

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Crossroads 2012SF Cinematheque announces Crossroads 2012 May 18–20 at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. Founded by filmmaker Bruce Baillie in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is an internationally recognized arts institution and the Bay Area’s premier venue for avant-garde/experimental, underground and personally expressive film and video work.

Cinematheque is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of film and video works that challenge the boundaries of moving-image art with the goal of making experimental cinema a part of the larger cultural landscape. CROSSROADS is Cinematheque’s annual film festival, a showcase for and celebration of recent and rediscovered avant-garde film/video work. Established in 2010, CROSSROADS is intended as a much-needed Bay Area/West Coast equivalent to such lauded festivals as the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde series and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths showcase. CROSSROADS 2012, curated by Cinematheque Artistic Director Steve Polta, is this festival’s third manifestation.

Running May 18–20, CROSSROADS will present a total of 52 films, videos and performance works by 47 filmmakers from around the world screened over 8 feature-length programs. Highlights of this festival include a tribute to Cinematheque founder and experimental-film matriarch Chick Strand (1931–2009); an in-person presentation of the “complete works” of Basque filmmaker Laida Lertxundi (featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial); and a special program—Apparent Motion—celebrating the Art of Live Projection with three film/music collaborative teams: Gerritt Wittmer & Paul Knowles, Kerry Laitala & John Davis, and, from Norway, Greg Pope & John Hegre (Jazkamer).

Venue: All screenings take place at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre (www.victoriatheatre.org/) located at 2961 16th Street (at Mission).
Admission: General admission tickets are $10 per event ($5 for Cinematheque members). Festival Passes provide admission to all 8 programs and are available for $50 ($25 for Cinematheque members). For individual program details, tickets and more information visit www.sfcinematheque.org/#/news/201204180/.
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Festival at a glance

Friday, May 18—7 pm:
There is a presence lingering...

- Remote (2011) by Jesse McLean - i(2010) by Bobby Abate
- Leonora (2011) by Eliane Lima
- With-Me-Not-Me (2011) by Olivia Ciummo
- Song for the Collectors (2011) by Tommy Becker
- Craig's Cutting Room Floor (2011) by Linda Scobie
- One Way to Find Out (2012) by Scott Stark
- The Pool (2011) by Christine Lucy Latimer
- Araneae (2011) by Paul Clipson
- The Ape of Nature (2010) by Peggy Ahwesh

Friday, May 18—9:30pm:
Awe Shocks: Illusion Reigns

- rites of alchemy (2011) by Moyah Pravda
- Village, silenced (2012) by Deborah Stratman
- Penumbra Blind (2012) by Christina McPhee
- Snakes and Ladders (2011) by Katherin McInnis
- movement (2011) by Moyah Pravda Newsreel
- Awe Shocks (2011) by Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy
- Seeking the Monkey King (2011) by Ken Jacobs

Saturday, May 19—2pm:
Woman with Flowers: Celebrating Chick Strand

- Kristallnacht (1979)
- Soft Fiction (1979)
- Angel Blue Sweet Wings (1966)

Saturday, May 19—4:30 pm:
Contemplation is a monstrous task…

- Don’t Look Directly into the Sun (2010) by Kathleen Rugh
- Dark Enough (2011) by Jeanne Liotta
- …These Blazeing Starrs! (2011) by Deborah Stratman
- End Transmission (2010) by Yin-Ju Chen and James T. Hong
- Landfill 16 (2011) by Jennifer Reeves
- Curious Light (2011) by Charlotte Pryce
- Valleys of Fear (2010) by Erin Espelie

Saturday, May 19—8:30 pm:
Apparent Motion: Projection Arts!

Live projection-performance works:
- Myth of Persistence (2012) by Gerritt Wittmer and Paul Knowles
- The Color Red Bleeds Blue (2011–12) by Kerry Laitala with live score by John Davis
- Cipher Screen (2010–12) by Greg Pope with live score by John Hegre

Sunday, May 20—3 pm: …for there our captors demanded songs of joy
- Man Is Always on the Stairs Between the Pleats of Matter and the Fields of the Soul (2011) by Jing Niu
- L’eau, l’air et les songes (Water, air and dreams) (2009) by Cécile Ravel and Jean-Marc Manteau
- Their Bird (2010) by Rei Hayama
- Crusts (2011) by Alexander Stewart
- Last Time (2011) by Julia Shirar
- Light Licks: By the Waters of Babylon: This May Be the Last Time (2011) by Saul Levine
- A Child Goes Burying Dead Insects by Rei Hayama

Sunday, May 20—5:30 pm:
California Dreaming: Films by Laida Lertxundi

Laida Lertxundi In Person
Program sponsored by the Cultural Office of the Consulate General of Spain, San Francisco
- Farce Sensationelle!
- Footnotes to a House of Love
- My Tears Are Dry
- Llora Cuando Te Pase/Cry When It Happens
- A Lax Riddle Unit
Also screening:
- Lemon (1969) by Hollis Frampton
- All My Life (1966) by Bruce Baillie
- Picture and Sound Rushes (1973) by Morgan Fisher

Sunday, May 20—7:30 pm:
Voices for New Atlantis

- 9214 (2010) by Takahiro Suzuki
- The Voice of God (2010) by Bernd Lützeler
- Sounding Glass (2011) by Sylvia Schedelbauer
- FF (2010) by Deborah Stratman
- River Rites (2011) by Ben Russell
- Slow Action (2010) by Ben Rivers

Crossroads 2012 is sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing. For additional material, including a full press release, film stills, DVD screeners, interview and other press opportunities, please contact Artistic Director Steve Polta at [email protected] or 415-552-1990.