This week [April 28 - May 6, 2007] in avant garde cinema

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This week [April 28 - May 6, 2007] in avant garde cinema

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AEM Videoscreenings (Poznan, Polska; Deadline: May 25, 2007)
MadCat Women's International Film Festival (SF, CA, USA; Deadline: May 21, 2007)
Trunk/The Nordic Art Video Festival (Sweden; Deadline: August 31, 2007)
London Film Festival (London, UK; Deadline: June 29, 2007)
Artists' Television Access (San Francisco, CA US; Deadline: June 15, 2007)

Toofy Film Fest (Boulder, CO USA; Deadline: June 01, 2007)
MadCat Women's International Film Festival (San Francisco, CA, US; Deadline: May 21, 2007)
The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Cinema (Projection in Hanover, Ontario; Deadline: May 31, 2007)
Festival Miden (Kalamata, Greece; Deadline: May 31, 2007)
Moves07 (Manchester, UK; Deadline: May 04, 2007)
Antimatter Underground Film Festival (Victoria, BC, Canada; Deadline: May 31, 2007)
San Diego Women Film Festival (San Diego, CA, USA; Deadline: June 01, 2007)
14th Chicago Underground Film Festival (Chicago, IL 60647; Deadline: May 01, 2007)
National Museum of Women in the Arts 20th Anniversary Festival of Film & Media Arts (Washington, DC, USA; Deadline: May 04, 2007)
Emotion Pictures (Athens, Greece; Deadline: April 30, 2007)
Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul (Seoul, Korea; Deadline: May 05, 2007)
Extremely Shorts 10 (Houston; Deadline: May 01, 2007)
AEM Videoscreenings (Poznan, Polska; Deadline: May 25, 2007)
MadCat Women's International Film Festival (SF, CA, USA; Deadline: May 21, 2007)

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 * Visual Music Marathon [April 28, Boston, Massachusetts]
 * Peterson/Nelson [April 28, New York, New York]
 * Invitationals [April 28, Portland, Oregon]
 * Tv Sheriff Dvd Launch + Lambert + Plu + [April 28, San Francisco, California]
 * A Evening With Larry Gottheim [April 29, Los Angeles, California]
 * Oppositional and Stigmatized Program Four: Blasphemy [April 29, San Francisco, California]
 * A Quest of Origins: Films By Larry Gottheim [April 30, Los Angeles, California]
 * The Soft Escape [April 30, San Francisco, California]
 * Optic Nerve: Program Two [May 1, Columbus, Ohio]
 * Eye Am: Women Behind the Lens Episode 9 [May 2, New York, New York]
 * Nan Goldin's I'll Be You Mirror At Cinematheque Ontario [May 2, Toronto, Ontario, Canada]
 * Chris Kraus: Gravity + Grace, Writing + Film [May 3, New York, New York]
 * Der Hang Zum Gesamtkunstwerk: Films By Die TöDliche Doris [May 3, Rotterdam, The Netherlands]
 * The New vision Cinema Program [May 5, New York, New York]
 * Notes To A Toon Underground [May 5, San Francisco, California]
 * Dispatches From Rebel Mexico [May 5, San Francisco, California]
 * Catching Up With James Benning [May 6, Los Angeles, California]
 * To the Beat! Scanning the Pages of Pop [May 6, San Francisco, California]

Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE.


Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University
10am to 10pm, 120 Forsyth Street

  Northeastern University is pleased to present the first-ever Visual
  Music Marathon, a 12-hour screening of time-based art works that reflect
  the convergence of musical composition and animated images, as part of
  this year's Boston Cyberarts Festival. The Marathon will be held on
  Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 10pm, in the University's Raytheon
  Amphitheater, located in the Egan Research Center on Forsyth Street.
  "Visual music is an interdisciplinary artistic genre with roots dating
  back hundreds of years," says Northeastern professor Dennis Miller, the
  event's artistic director and principal curator. "The emergence of film
  and video in the 20th century allowed this genre to reach its full
  potential, with Walt Disney's Fantasia serving as a groundbreaking
  example. The artworks we are screening all take a modern perspective on
  this idea." Northeastern received over 300 artist submissions for the
  Marathon, representing works from 34 different countries, and selected
  64 of those for screening. The second six hours of programming will
  include works by invited artists, historic works on film, live video
  performances, and works provided by the two principal guest curators,
  Larry Cuba of the Iota Center, Los Angeles, and Bruce Wands of the New
  York Digital Salon and School of Visual Arts. All new works presented at
  the Marathon will be included in a special permanent collection that
  will be housed in Northeastern's Snell Library. For an hour-by-hour
  schedule and preview of works to be shown at the event, visit A complete listing of all events at
  the Boston Cyberarts Festival is found at

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
7:30, 32 Second Avenue (at Second Street)

  Sidney Peterson. THE POTTED PSALM (1946, 19 minutes). THE PETRIFIED DOG
  (1948, 19 minutes). MR. FRENHOFFER AND THE MINOTAUR (1949, 21 minutes).
  THE LEAD SHOES (1949, 17 minutes). "These images are meant to play not
  on our rational senses, but on the infinite universe of ambiguity within
  us." -Sidney Peterson. Robert Nelson. BLEU SHUT. 1970, 33 minutes.
  "Boat-name quizzes, dogs, cuts from Dreyer's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
  in montage with a sultry whore, a car running up a ramp and crashing,
  pornography, a passionate embrace by a thirties hero and heroine; all
  somehow implicating Dreyer and Joan in the perverse synthesis of sex and
  technology. What's happening here? Basically Nelson is leaving things
  unsaid." -Leo Regan. .

Portland, Oregon: Oregon Department of Kick Ass
9, Hollywod Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

  "Border Crossing", a new short by Vanesa Renwick, will be slugging it
  out in the PDX Invitationals.

San Francisco, California: Other Cinema
8:30pm, 992 Valencia Street

  Roaring out of the LA underground in 2001, the "video band" TV Sheriff
  and the Trailbuddies have pioneered a new mode of scratch video, both
  producing and performing wildly energized mash-ups of popular TV
  entertainment that take tour-de-force VJ'ing to a new level of
  media-crazed performance art. Headed by editorial sharpshooter Davy
  Force, they make mincemeat out of the mediocrity that is broadcast
  television, creating rhythmic collages from appropriated clips of the
  most absurd telecast tropes. Tonight OCD will demo their debut
  digital-video disc as the major component of this found-footage show.
  Co-billed is a set of shorts by master-of-irony Kent Lambert whose canny
  composites also take American pop culture to task, though in a more
  cerebral way. PLUS: PLU, PHO, EBN, Animal Charm, Damon Packard, and
  Scott Miller's cult classic Uso Justo. Doors open at 8pm for free beer,
  Pop Tarts, and VHS tapes.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007

Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
7:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas

  Surveying the trailblazing career of one of America's foremost
  avant-garde masters. Featuring "Tree of Knowledge – Elective Affinities
  IV" (1981, 16 mm, 58 min.) and "Machete/Gillette ... Mama" (1989, 16mm,
  45 min.) General admission $9, students/seniors $6, free for Filmforum
  members, cash and check only.

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

  Targeting and skewering bourgeois complacency, religious hypocrisy,
  patriarchal authority and European moral conventions, these two films
  continue to challenge and confront the audience. Irreligious and
  scandalous, Luis Buñuel's L'Age D'Or attacks the Church, the State, the
  family, not simply to shock for shock's sake but also to argue the case
  for the surrealist belief in giving our unconscious irrational desires
  free reign. As Buñuel states: "It is love that brings about the
  transition from pessimism to action: Love, denounced in the bourgeois
  demonology as the root of all evil. For love demands the sacrifice of
  every other value: status, family and honor." Although La Coquille et le
  clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman) by Germaine Dulac, is often
  regarded as the first Surrealist film and is based on Antonin Artaud's
  scenario, it was Dulac's passion for "films made according to the rules
  of visual music" that ignited Artaud's narrative about a clergyman
  struggling against his own eroticism and desire. Banned in England in
  1929, the film was declared "apparently meaningless, but if it has any
  meaning it is doubtless objectionable."

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007

Los Angeles, California: Redcat
8pm, 631 W. 2nd st

  This program surveys the trailblazing career of one of America's
  foremost avant-garde masters. Best known for the cycle Elective
  Affinities, a series of four feature-length films started in the early
  1970s and completed in 1981, Gottheim has carried out an absorbing
  exploration of the relationship of images to sound and time, examined
  issues of racial, cultural and personal identity, and considered the
  theme of nature in art. He is also the founder of the influential
  Department of Cinema Studies at SUNY Binghamton. The program this
  evening includes Mouches Volantes (Elective Affinities II, 1976, 69
  min., 16mm) and other works that prefigure and develop this mode of
  working with repetition and variation. In person: Larry Gottheim

San Francisco, California: SFAI Film Salon
8pm, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, Studio 8

  As summer quickly comes upon us, our final curated SFAI Film Salon is
  devoted to films that evoke an articulate vision of places left behind.
  Alumnus Henry Hills' rare films, "Porter Springs 1 & 2", draw from home
  movies of summer vacations to look deeply into the shadows. This
  attention to the graphic quality of light and shade is shared with the
  beautiful black and white of "Florence", by fellow Alum Peter Hutton.
  Complementing these older films is the work of two of the most striking
  contemporary filmmakers working today. Japanese filmmaker Shiho Kano's
  "Rocking Chair" is the centerpiece of her oeuvre, transforming her
  apartment into a sublime vanitas. In contrast, Michael Robinson's
  "Chiquitita and the Soft Escape", takes a hard look at romance,
  questioning and embracing the nostalgia of youthful abandon and
  seventies pop songs. We close with "Commingled Containers", one of the
  most evocative of Stan Brakhage's late-period films, which extends
  vision into the bubbling of a rapidly rushing stream. ---------- The
  SFAI Film Salon is a weekly film screening program, organized by film
  students for the entire SFAI community. Thanks very much to the SFAI
  Student Union and Legion Of Graduate Students, whose support over the
  year made this whole series possible. For more information email:
  email suppressed

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007

Columbus, Ohio: Wexner Center for the Arts
7 pm, 1871 N. High Street (15th & High)

  Our second screening complementing the Columbus Museum of Art's Optic
  Nerve exhibition reexamines avant-garde films from the 1960s that
  explore the basic optical foundations of cinema, especially the flicker
  created by the rapid projection of a series of still images. J. Ronald
  Green, a professor in Ohio State's history of art department and film
  studies program, assembled the selection of groundbreaking films by
  revolutionary filmmakers Scott Bartlett, Stan Brakhage, Tony Conrad,
  Hollis Frampton, Peter Kubelka, and Paul Sharits. (program app. 120
  mins., 35mm and 16mm)


New York, New York: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
8-9pm, on Cable Channel Time Warner 34/RCN 83 Online streaming

  Announcing EYE AM SEASON THREE: short experimental,memoir, and
  documentary film and video made by women. Tune in the 1st Wednesday of
  the month on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Time Warner #34/ RCN #83 (in
  Manhattan) & Streaming Live Online at (Worldwide) Visit for complete episode rundown and new
  TRAILERS! Episode 9: May 2nd 2007 8-9pm Featuring works by Naomi White,
  Lani Sciandra, Lili White, Caroline Koebel, & NMASS Video Project.
  *************************************** EA is ALWAYS seeking short films
  and videos made by women that address the concept of Self & Identity to
  be aired in the Summer 2007 and beyond. Please email for submission details.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Cinematheque Ontario
6:30pm, Art Gallery of Ontario's Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas Street West

  I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR & LOS ANGELES. It is almost too painful, still,
  twenty years later, to think back to the early days of HIV/AIDS and
  relive the memories of that time. The fear and uncertainty, the feeling
  of abandonment when society turned its back, and to know it is only by
  chance that we, who survived, did not join the ranks of the departed, is
  strange baggage to carry around. New York photographer Nan Goldin's film
  I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR documents the lives and deaths of her friends and
  lovers through this period, and though it is a bleak portrait at times,
  the film is ultimately life affirming – a celebration of lives well
  lived, whatever the consequences. Also showing tonight is Sarah Morris's
  LOS ANGELES. Rather than trying to find a complementary short for this
  programme, which seemed pointless, I've gone for a complete contrast.
  Those of us who love the city of angels will delight in the portrait –
  those of you who don't will have all your prejudices confirmed. – Jim
  Hamilton, Director of Festival Centre Programming. LOS ANGELES.
  Director: Sarah Morris (USA, 2005, 26 minutes). Followed by I'LL BE YOUR
  MIRROR. Director: Edmund Coulthard & Nan Goldin (USA, 1996, 50 minutes).
  This is a FREE screening.


New York, New York: CUNY Graduate Center
6:30-8pm, CUNY Graduate Center Segal Theater 365 5th Ave (34th/35th Street)

  Narrating clips from her rarely-seen underground films of the 80s,
  writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus describes the juncture in her
  theoretical fictions between performance, high theory, reportage, and
  low comedy. Kraus is the author of I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Video
  Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness and Torpor. Her
  films include Gravity & Grace, How To Shoot A Crime, and The Golden Bowl
  or Repression. She is a co-editor of Semiotext(e) and is currently
  Visiting Professor in the Literature Department at UC San Diego.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands: WORM
21.00, Achterhaven 148

  Wolfgang Müller, founder of Die Tödliche Doris (perhaps the only
  genuinely legendary, multi-avant, berlin based, media performance-super
  80s, doughnut loving, art-aktionist ensembles who dissolved themselves
  into an Italian white wine) and keeper of their eternal flame, will be
  in attendance at WORM to spirit up Super 8 films from this virally
  theatrical history of accidentally on purpose irony and tall tales of
  perfectionist imperfectionism. We promise audio visual evidence of
  wallpapered pasts, kids wearing swastikas in homage to Sid Vicious, and
  soundless music. ***Very special*** Feel free to contact Peter Taylor
  via film @ wormweb . nl for further info!


New York, New York: Millennium Film Workshop
8pm, Saturday Evening, 66 East 4th Street (Between 2nd Ave. and the Bowery)
New York

  Michael Park, a long-time staffer at Millennium, has put together a
  lively program of mostly new work by New York-based media artists. Come
  early. Refreshments will be available. "Once again., the Millennium
  Fil;m Workshop will be playing host to the New Vision Cinema Series and
  will be presenting a broad range of film and videos from an equally
  diverse selection of film and video cineastes. Represented this time
  will be works by familiar New Visionaries, Nick Zedd, Mike Kuchar,
  Howard Guttenplan, Nisi Jacobs, Tim Reardon, and Kelly Sebastian, as
  well as debuting works by David Finkelstein, Robert Flanagan and Susan
  Al-Doghachi, Dimitry Torgovitsky, Ryan Claypool, Noe Kidder and Mark
  Gallay, and Ian Dickey. Also showing will be a full-color reprise of a
  collaborative effort between the show's curator, Michael Park and
  Musician Martin Rev (formerly of the rock group, Suicide).
  Heretofore-unannounced surprises may also be presented at this showing.
  Please join us for what promises to be a most memorable event inspired
  again by the Invisible Film Series concept initially conceived by
  Jennifer MacMillan."- Michael Park.

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Film Society
8:30pm, Castro Theater, Castro Street at Market

  Music Meets Movies at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
  in Distinctive Live & Onstage Events. In this unique program, musicians
  will unveil world premieres of newly composed scores to historic and
  contemporary animated shorts. Featuring 15 animated films made between
  1912 and 2005 by six different directors, and with 11 musicians
  providing live accompaniment, it's safe to file this program under "This
  Will Never Happen Again." The Cameraman's Revenge The characters in this
  melodrama of infidelity—which clearly influenced the Brothers Quay—are
  all played by actual insects that Starewicz painstakingly manipulated.
  On his way to work, Mr. Beetle ducks into The Gay Dragonfly, a burlesque
  club where he meets a hot dragonfly. (Wladyslaw Starewicz, Russia 1912,
  13 min.) Devil's Canyon Featuring outrageous voiceover narration,
  ("Montgomery was drinking famously again . . . Frederick was eating dirt
  and lying about it") this short trails after majestic El Caminos,
  "played" here by mechanical horses on assembly. (Kelly Sears, USA 2005,
  7 min.) The Joy of Sex Remember those drawings in The Joy of Sex? Now
  think of them in motion. Blech. (Kelly Sears, USA 2003, 3 min.) Crucial
  Crystal New age + new metal + new music = new you. (Kelly Sears, USA
  2004, 4 min.) Populi This audacious epic usually is accompanied by the
  "Mars: Bringer of War" section of Holst's Planets. For this program,
  Russo has asked the musicians to play something closer to Black Sabbath.
  (David Russo, USA 2001, 9 min.) The Tower A man enters a tower only to
  be tortured by it. Eventually, a balance of power is struck. (Emily
  Hubley/Georgia Hubley, USA 1984, 11 min.) Anchoring this program are
  nine silent films made between 1974 and 2005 by Jim Trainor, master of
  elemental, R. Crumb-like psychedelia and morphological evolution. Many
  of Trainor's films have screened at SFIFF, and The Fetishist won a 1997
  Golden Gate Award. Ranging from beautiful to astonishing to grungy to
  profoundly simple, Trainor's 16mm silent films never fail to amaze.
  Screening: Antrozous; The Bat and the Virgin; Blood; From Microbe to
  Man; Leafy, Leafy Jungle; Minor Deities; A Net; Torn Up; and Plants. The
  musical lineup includes Marc Capelle, Devin Hoff (of Good for Cows),
  Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy) Ches Smith (of Good for Cows, Xiu Xiu and
  Ceramic Dog), Jamie Stewart and Caralee McElroy (of Xiu Xiu), Carla
  Fabrizia (of Sekar Jaya Gamelan), Tommy Guerrero, Monte Vallier and
  Gadget (of Jet Black Crayon) and avant-garde legend William Winant.
  These musicians will unveil world premieres of newly composed scores to
  historic and contemporary animated shorts. Notes to a Toon Underground,
  Saturday, May 5, 8:30 pm at the Castro Theatre Tickets: $20 general/$15
  San Francisco Film Society members Part of the 50th San Francisco
  International Film Festival (April 26 – May 10) For tickets, visit or call 925.866.9559. The 50th San Francisco International
  Film Festival (April 26 – May 10) features several special film programs
  with live musical accompaniment at the historic Castro Theatre. From
  iconic rocker Jonathan Richman debuting an original score for a 1921
  silent Swedish classic to a 13-piece ensemble performing to Guy Maddin's
  latest avant-garde feature narrated live by Joan Chen, the International
  seeks to let audiences experience film in new ways.

San Francisco, California: Other Cinema
8:30pm, 992 Valencia Street

  On the occasion of Cinco de Mayo, we'll attend to the profoundly
  fractured state of Mexican civil society. For years, Greg Berger has
  been the OC correspondent on the front lines there, appearing in the
  flesh, doing live phone hook-ups, or sending up urgent communiqués to a
  constituency hungry for news on the ground. Forming the core of this
  screening are his new piece on the New Zapatista Movement, a couple of
  commentaries on the electoral crisis, and a sneak preview of Jill (This
  Is What Democracy Looks Like) Friedberg's doc on the recent rebellion in
  Oaxaca. We'll also see Friedberg's Grain of Sand, plus work from the
  collective Canal Seis de Julio. Framing the program with first-person
  testimony, extended Q&A, and an excerpt of her own Oaxacan report, is
  artist-activist and veteran videographer Caitlin Manning.

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2007

Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
7:00 pm, Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas

  minutes). Benning's poetic portrait of California's agricultural
  landscape. General admission $9, students/seniors $6, free for Filmforum
  members, cash and check only.

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

  Ripped from the funny pages of collective pop memory, these films pay
  unabashed, if troubled, homage to cartoon icons and "low" media forms
  (many quickly receding into the distant past). Fusing images from 77
  Sunset Strip comics to music by Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and Arthur
  Lee, Lewis Klahr's The Two Minutes to Zero Trilogy sequentially
  essentializes a heist gone horribly wrong. Ken Jacobs' Krypton is
  Doomed, derived from his work on the Nervous Magic Lantern, imagines the
  Superman fable as metaphor for WWII Europe. Kenneth Anger's Mouse
  Heaven, shamelessly fetishizes Disney's Mickey through classic
  Angeresque montage while Fred Worden's Everyday Bad Dream presents a
  vertiginous encounter with an equally ubiquitous icon. shalo p's Adam is
  an equally ambivalent music video mashup, while To The Beat by Thad
  Povey and the Scratch Film Junkies joyously overindulges in vibrating,
  rhythmic, light, color and sound.

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