This week [August 19 - 26, 2007] in avant garde cinema

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This week [August 19 - 26, 2007] in avant garde cinema

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Boulder International Film Festival (boulder; Deadline: September 14, 2007)
Rubric (Denver; Deadline: September 15, 2007)
Artist's Television Access (San Francisco, CA; Deadline: October 01, 2007)
Kansas City Jubilee Film Festival (Kansas City, MO USA; Deadline: December 01, 2007)
CinemaJAZZ (Kansas City, MO USA; Deadline: December 01, 2007)
The First Annual Mary Beth Cregier Memorial Photography Exhibition and Competition (Chicago, IL, US; Deadline: September 01, 2007)
Cortopotere (Bergamo - Italia; Deadline: September 10, 2007)
PixelPops (Airfield of Orkney, Scotland; Deadline: August 25, 2007)

Renderyard Experimental Film & Animation Festival (london; Deadline: August 31, 2007)
Trunk/The Nordic Art Video Festival (Sweden; Deadline: August 31, 2007)
Takoma Park Film Festival (Takoma Park, MD, USA; Deadline: September 01, 2007)
Three Rivers Film Festival (Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Deadline: August 31, 2007)
Studio 60093 Children's Video Fest (Winnetka, IL 60093 USA; Deadline: September 04, 2007)
Synthetic Zero Loft Events (Bronx, NY, 10454; Deadline: September 15, 2007)
Compass (Bristol, UK.; Deadline: September 10, 2007)
Boulder International Film Festival (boulder; Deadline: September 14, 2007)
Rubric (Denver; Deadline: September 15, 2007)
The First Annual Mary Beth Cregier Memorial Photography Exhibition and Competition (Chicago, IL, US; Deadline: September 01, 2007)
Cortopotere (Bergamo - Italia; Deadline: September 10, 2007)
PixelPops (Airfield of Orkney, Scotland; Deadline: August 25, 2007)

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 * San Francisco Film Society Presents Sf360 Film+Club: Daft Punk [August 20, San Francisco, California]
 * Newfilmmakers Short Film Program [August 21, New York, New York]
 * Magnavoz [August 22, Mexico City]
 * Film Love #46 - How To Cope: Performance, Possession, Politics [August 23, Atlanta, Georgia]
 * Curtis Harrington Program [August 23, New York, New York]
 * Daughters of Joy! [August 26, Syracuse, NY]

Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE.


San Francisco, California: San Francisco Film Society
7:00, Mezzanine 444 Jessie St @ Mint

  San Francisco premiere of the Daft Punk sci-fi film Electroma. Electroma
  (2006) tells the history of two robots, played by Daft Punk's Peter
  Hurteau and Michael Reich, on their quest to become human. Naturally,
  this low-fi, sci-fi tale takes place in the western climes of America
  and beyond. Electroma played at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in May and
  has since played at festivals in Argentina, Australia and England. Doors
  open at Mezzanine at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:30 pm. Complimentary
  tasting provided by Chartreuse from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Tickets are $8.00 at
  the door or $5.00 if reserved in advance by emailing (address suppressed)
  Must be 21+ to attend. Following the screening there will be a robot
  rock after-party featuring Riot in Belgium live, the Gang Bang DJ's,
  Dandi Wind, Richie Panic and Jefrodisiac For more information,


New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
8:00, 32 Second Avenue (at Second Street)

  Jimmy Boone THE DEPLOYMENT CHILD (2007, 3 minutes, video). Henry Huhes
  STAR SPANGLED EYES (2006, 20 minutes, video). Jairaj Walia IN THE
  FOXHOLE (2006, 24 minutes, 35mm). Noah Lukeman PENAL COLONY (2006, 14
  minutes, video).


Mexico City: Filmoteca de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
18:00 , Sala Julio Bracho/Centro Cultural Universitario

  "Magnavoz" is an experimental adaptation on Xavier Icaza's speculative
  rant on the future of post-revolutionary Mexico. Bringing together noisy
  broadcasts from atop the volcanoes, raucous bacchanalia at popular
  watering holes and a series of apocalyptic, hypernationalistic
  pronouncements, the meditation is timely and prescient, though it was
  written more than eighty years ago. "Magnavoz" es una adaptación
  experimental de una diatriba que especula sobre lo que fue el futuro del
  México de la posrevolución. Reúne transmisiones ruidosas desde las
  cumbres de los volcanes; bacanales caóticas en salones populares, y una
  serie de pronunciamientos apocalípticos e híper nacionalistas. Una
  reflexión que sigue siendo relevante y que prefigura lo que se dio más
  de ochenta años después. Director/producer/editor: Jesse Lerner
  Director/productor/editor Text: Xavier Icaza Texto Voice-over: Juan José
  Gurrola Narrador con/with: Cuauhtémoc Medina, Sergio Zenteno & José
  Constantino Domingo Cuatlehua


Atlanta, Georgia: Eyedrum
8:00 PM, 290 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Suite 8

  In which we explore the links between spirit possession and performance,
  and three examples of how both have been used to cope with colonization,
  oppression, and political despair. ** In the mid-1950s, Ghana was a
  British colony known as the Gold Coast. There, the Hauka cult invited
  the French ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch to document a spirit
  possession ritual. Rather than making a distanced anthropological study,
  Rouch used a handheld camera to bring the viewer directly inside the
  ritual. The camera shies away from nothing: one of the film's many
  indelible images is the Hauka holding burning torches to their own
  bellies without fear or injury, to prove they are possessed. Most
  remarkably, the Hauka members are possessed in the film not by deities
  or mythical figures but by the actual officials of the British colonial
  state: the Secretary-General, the Conductor, the Corporal of the Guard.
  Rouch's narration suggests that these possession rituals helped the
  Hauka to endure their colonization, and that it was the colonial powers
  who looked mad in comparison. The resulting film, "Les Maîtres Fous (The
  Mad Masters)," was so shocking in its imagery and subversive in its
  message that Rouch's own friends asked him to destroy it. Today, Les
  Maîtres Fous is regarded as a landmark of ethnographic film and remains
  a compelling, fascinating work. ** A few years later in Lower East Side
  New York, Ken Jacobs was given the footage for an abandoned B-movie film
  made by two friends. One of the friends was the early performance artist
  (and future director of Flaming Creatures) Jack Smith. Instead of trying
  to reconstruct the story of the film, Jacobs radically reassembled the
  imagery into a vision of New York as a post-apocalyptic wasteland,
  haunted by the bizarre antics of its penniless bohemian characters. But
  the showstopper in "Blonde Cobra" is Jack Smith's hysterical narration –
  a sort of possession ritual of its own. Hilarious, poignant, and
  disturbing, it is the record of a man using camp, pop culture, his own
  imagination, twisted childhood memories and anything else he can find to
  combat the despair of living as an outcast – a homosexual and a
  visionary artist in a repressive society. ** Finally, we move to 2007
  Atlanta, where performance artist Allison Rentz staged a communal ritual
  at Eyedrum. Rentz, playing an "art dictator," locked the audience
  members inside the performance space and using ritualistic music, large
  toy sculptures, and several assistants, persuaded them to jettison the
  conventional theatrical experience and become part of the proceedings.
  Captured in a roving, handheld, twenty-minute single take by Andy
  Ditzler on a digital video camera, Rentz's action transforms the Eyedrum
  space into a mysterious conjunction of theater, party, protest, and
  microcosm of democracy. The video will be projected in the same space in
  which the performance took place, adding another layer of audience
  involvement. ** Program: Jean Rouch, Les Maîtres Fous (The Mad Masters)
  (1955), 24 minutes, 16mm, color, sound; Ken Jacobs, Blonde Cobra (1963),
  33 minutes, 16mm, color and black & white, sound; Andy Ditzler and
  Allison Rentz, The Art Army Needs You! (2007), 21 minutes, digital video
  ** "How to Cope" is a Film Love event, programmed and hosted by Andy
  Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. The Film Love series provides access
  to great but rarely-screened films, and promotes awareness of the rich
  history of experimental and avant-garde filmmaking. Film Love was voted
  Best Film Series in Atlanta 2006 by the critics of Creative Loafing.
  More information about the series is at

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
7:00 & 9:30, 32 Second Avenue (at Second Street)

  Curtis Harrington, subject of an Anthology retrospective and
  accompanying publication (CURTIS HARRINGTON: CINEMA ON THE EDGE) in
  2005, passed away this spring. As a tribute to him, we will present a
  special screening of one of his most memorable films, WHAT'S THE MATTER
  WITH HELEN (along with his early experimental short, FRAGMENT OF
  SEEKING), introduced by VILLAGE VOICE critic Elliott Stein, a longtime
  friend and admirer of Harrington's. (Stein's conversation with
  Harrington during the 2005 retrospective is featured on the DVD: CURTIS
  MATTER WITH HELEN. 1971, 101 minutes, 35mm. With Debbie Reynolds,
  Shelley Winters, Agnes Moorhead, and Timothy Carey. Curtis Harrington's
  1971 film WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN is a lush tribute to 1930s
  Hollywood in the guise of a psychological thriller à la WHATEVER
  HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? Full of period details which reveal Harrington's
  knowledge and love for the era, HELEN works on a multitude of levels: a
  suspenseful thriller, as well as a musical with an uncanny send-up of
  the grand musical numbers of the 30s, it is also an excellent character
  study of women in conflict with each other and the world in general.
  Debbie Reynolds's favorite film. With: FRAGMENT OF SEEKING (1946, 16
  minutes, 16mm, b&w, sound). "A climactic fragment from the existence of
  an adolescent Narcissus." -C.H. "I admire Curtis Harrington's
  interpretation of the labyrinth of self-seeking and self-flight - as
  well as his sense of space, of balance within the symbol." -Anaïs


Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Experimental
8-9:30pm, Spark Art Space, 1005 E. Fayette St. at S. Crouse Ave.

  Experimental video and audio about sex & American launch of Lickety
  Split smut zine. Curated by Amber Goodwyn, with work by Lamathilde,
  Kathleen K-R, Peter Miller, Jackie Gallant & Dayna Macleod, Pomgrenade,
  Nicole Koschmann, Scott Stark, Anita Schoepp, Shana MacDonald and more.
  Presented by Lickety Split, organized with the support of Syracuse
  Experimental Film & Media Workshop and The Warehouse Gallery at Syracuse
  University. For mature audiences. Suggested $5 donation. For details
  visit: . For more information contact Brett Kashmere,
  email suppressed

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