This week [February 3 - 11, 2007] in avant garde cinema (part 2 of 2)

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This week [February 3 - 11, 2007] in avant garde cinema (part 2 of 2)


Houston, Texas: Aurora Picture Show
3pm, 800 Aurora St.

   Storytelling meets the sampling culture. Live video, sharp narration,
   and a stream of vintage movie stills interweave to create a universe of
   runaway nanobots, psychic anarchists, and frustrated cyborgs. An
   immersive evening of strange tales and startling imagery from The
   Psychasthenia Society, bringing you the finest in satire, beats, and

London, England: Tate Modern
3pm, Bankside, SE1

   PALINODE (1970/2001, 21 min) In Palinode, a disk-shaped matte
   continually shifting in and out of focus alternately blocks part of the
   image or contains it. Its respiratory rhythm matches operatic fragments
   of Wladimir Vogel's 'Wagadu', as the camera studies a middle-aged male
   singer in Zurich, singing, eating, window shopping, meeting a young
   girl. The filmmaker told himself, "Don't let yourself know what that
   film is about while you are making it." (P. Adams Sitney, Film Comment)
   DIMINISHED FRAME (1970/2001, 24 min) There is in Diminished Frame a
   balance between a sense of the past seen in the views of West Berlin,
   filmed in black & white and a sense of the present in which I film
   myself showing how the colour is being created by placing filters in the
   camera's aperture. It is the space of the city and of the filmmaker. I
   searched for signs of war's aftermath and a few moments of ordinary
   existence. (Robert Beavers) THE PAINTING (1972/1999, 13 min) The
   Painting intercuts shots of traffic navigating the old-world remnants of
   downtown Bern, Switzerland, with details from a 15th-century altarpiece,
   "The Martyrdom of St. Hippolytus". The painting shows the calm,
   near-naked saint in a peaceful landscape, a frozen moment before four
   horses tear his body to pieces while an audience of soigné nobles looks
   on; in the movie's revised version, Beavers gives it a comparably
   rarefied psychodramatic jolt, juxtaposing shots of Gregory Markopoulos,
   bisected by shafts of light, with a torn photo of himself and the
   recurring image of a shattered windowpane. (J. Hoberman, The Village

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
6:00, 32 Second Avenue (at Second Street)

   While not necessarily known outside of their immediate circles, Dion
   Vigne and Edward Silverstone Taylor each left behind a small body of
   remarkable moving images. This program features recently preserved
   examples of their works courtesy of Pacific Film Archives. While Vigne
   documented his neighborhood and environment using experimental film
   techniques, Taylor created his own optical projector machine, the
   Lucitron, which allowed him to create varied colors and patterns. In
   addition, we are screening an impressionistic documentary about Vigne's
   life, times and movies as well as a short by the incomparable
   Christopher MacLaine. Special thanks to Kathy Geritz and Mona Nagai at
   PFA for their assistance with this program. Christopher MacLaine SCOTCH
   HOP (1959, 5.5 minutes, 16mm, sound). Preserved by Anthology Film
   Archives. A tribute to Scottish culture; the joys of bagpipes. Edward
   Silverstone Taylor. LUCITRON (3 minutes, 16mm, silent). COSMOSIS (4
   minutes, 16mm, silent). SOL (5 minutes, 16mm, silent). Preservation
   prints courtesy Pacific Film Archives. David Sherman TO RE-EDIT THE
   WORLD (2002, 32 minutes, VHS). Assembled from the contents of four boxes
   of films shot in the 50s and 60s by San Francisco filmmaker Dion Vigne,
   spinning through a lost history, a disappearance of names and faces and
   works and words of the characters who comprised one of the great
   chapters in American Underground filmmaking. At the center of this San
   Francisco re-history is the unknown Beat filmmaker - Dion Vigne - a
   character who we never see but rather feel through the influences of his
   more renowned contemporaries - Christopher MacLaine, Jordan Belson, the
   Whitney Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, Kenneth Anger and Anton LaVey. Dion
   Vigne. NORTH BEACH (SHORT VERSION) (1958, 5 minutes, 16mm, sound)
   Preservation print courtesy Pacific Film Archives. . STROBOSCOPIC IMAGES
   1 (1964, 6 minutes, 16mm, sound) Preservation print courtesy Pacific
   Film Archives.

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
5:00 & 7:00 & 9:00, 32 Second Avenue (at Second Street)

   See Feb. 9.

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
7:30 pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission st. at 3rd st.

   "Looking back, it seems that all my films have been explorations of
   corporeal and sensual being—in the world, in the self, even if each was
   engendered by different event, and periods of life." The work of San
   Francisco-based Sandra Davis contrasts exacting editing structures with
   lush, even abstract, photographic imagery. Intended to appeal to the
   body as much as the mind, Davis' work bravely manifests a fusion of
   interior subjectivity and the external world. Featured tonight is the
   Bay Area premiere of Ignorance Before Malice, "a true story—and the
   aesthetic sequel of the filmmaker's recovery process following an auto
   accident. Parallel voices of narrativized testimony describing a woman's
   struggle to heal within the American medical system, and a personal
   rumination on the journey through a sudden rupture of health into
   disability." Also screening are Davis' An Architecture of Desire, Une
   Fois Habitee, and Crepescule: Pond and Chair.

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