Part 2 of 2: This week [March 29 - April 6, 2008] in avant garde cinema

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Part 2 of 2: This week [March 29 - April 6, 2008] in avant garde cinema


Buffalo, New York: Hallwalls
8pm , 341 Delaware Ave.

  Co-curators Joanna Raczynska and Will Redman return with the second
  installation of EYES AND EARS, a presentation of live performance of
  video and film scores. The evening includes commissioned moving image
  works by artists Bruce Checefsky. Sara Hornbacher, Caroline Koebel.
  Hollie Lavenstein, Stephanie Maxwell, and Zach Poff. Performances by the
  Open Music Ensemble, featuring Otto Muller, Josh DeScherer, Chris Reba,
  Will Redman, Steve Baczkowski, J.T. Rinker, Todd Whitman, Bill Sack.
  Made possible by a major grant from The New York State Music Fund.

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Film Archive
7pm, 24 Quincy Street

  Artist Tony Conrad In Person Special Event Tickets $15 Straight and
  Narrow Saturday, April 5 at 7pm Featuring music by Terry Riley and John
  Cale, Conrad's black and white flicker film is designed to make the
  viewer experience a range of color effects through its carefully
  modulated rhythm structure. Directed by Tony Conrad US 1970, 16mm, b/w,
  10 min. followed by The Flicker One of the essential American
  avant-garde films, THE FLICKER transforms Plato's cave into a
  hallucinatory dream machine. Must be experienced to be believed.
  Directed by Tony Conrad US 1966, 16mm, b/w, 30 min. followed by a live
  musical performance by Tony Conrad (electric violin) and MV Carbon
  (electric cello) Directors Marie Losier and Tony Conrad in Person
  Special Event Tickets $10 Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist Sunday, April 6 at
  3pm The latest in Marie Losier's ongoing series of film portraits of
  avant-garde artists (George and Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard
  Foreman), DreaMinimalist offers an insightful and hilarious encounter
  with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his
  association with Jack Smith. Directed by Marie Losier US 2008, 16mm,
  color, 28 min. followed by Snowbeard Losier's poignant short film, a
  tribute to New York icon Mike Kuchar, was filmed on his last day before
  leaving Manhattan to relocate to San Francisco. Directed by Marie Losier
  US 2008, 16mm, b/w, 3 min. Recent Video Work In Line Directed by Tony
  Conrad. US 1985, video, color, 7 min. Grading Tips for Teachers Directed
  by Tony Conrad. US 2001, video, color, 13 min. Tony's Oscular Pets
  Directed by Tony Conrad. US 2003, video, color 5 min. Conversation II
  Directed by Tony Conrad. US 2005, video, 6 min. Artist Tony Conrad In
  Person Special Event Tickets $15 Short Films Sunday, April 6 at 7pm
  Articulation of Boolean Algebra for Film Opticals Directed by Tony
  Conrad. US 1975, 16mm, B&W, sound, 10 min. excerpt of 75 min. original
  4-X Attack Directed by Tony Conrad. US 1973, 16mm, B&W, silent, 2 min.
  The Eye of Count Flickerstein Directed by Tony Conrad. US 1967, revised
  1975, 16mm, B&W, silent, 7 min. Followed by Film Electrocution A live
  performance in which raw film stock is electrically manipulated,
  processed and projected.

Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Filmmakers
8:00 pm, 5243 N. Clark St.

  Curated and Hosted by Heather McAdams "When I was a kid, my dad used to
  project film noir and monster trailers along with our own 16mm home
  movies and as a result I began to collect 16mm trailers myself. After 30
  years of collecting, I am pleased to present an entire evening of my
  favorites! I am especially fond of trailers with quirky titles, B-Films,
  horror and music trailers from the 1940s - 1970s. This evening's show
  will be non-stop action with dozens of fun TV, Movie and Theatrical
  Trailers including: The Big Doll House, Amazon Women, The Hot Box,
  Superchick, Foxy Brown, The Summer School Teachers, Private Duty Nurses,
  Satan's Cheerleaders, Go Go Mania, Twist All Night, When the Boys Meet
  the Girls, Get Yourself a College Girl, Station Six Sahara, Invasion of
  the Saucer Men, The Girl in the Kremlin, The 3 Fantastic Supermen, Who's
  Afraid of Virginia Woolf, as well as a couple of my personal favorites,
  Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter and Trip with the Teacher,
  plus lots more! A regular laugh riot!" –Heather McAdams Curator Heather
  McAdams and her always-hilarious husband Chris Ligon will be present to
  introduce the show and answer all of your questions.

San Francisco, California: Electric Works Gallery
8 pm, 130 Eighth Street

  Kissing hats, elephants driving, a man who turns into the sun, and
  dinosaurs roaming the countryside rarely happen in real life, but at the
  stop-motion film screening called Stop & Go at the Electric Works
  Gallery in April, all of this will become ordinary. Established
  filmmakers and visual artists will use stop-motion techniques to tell
  stories, examine visual phenomena, and make political statements in a
  collection of short videos. The line-up of videos includes both local
  and international artists and is curated by Bay Area artist and animator
  Sarah Klein.

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

  In this experimental intermedia live cinema lab, we showcase two
  pioneers exploring the interface between audio and video abstractions.
  Boyce premieres Plasma-Wielder, a hot-rodded hybrid of analog and
  digital systems enabling extreme image-processing. Later, his
  collaboration with Wobbly fuses pure electronic sound-generation with
  plunderphonics into a hypnotic continuum of perceptual discovery. A
  selection of historical and contemporary exemplars ground this evening
  of (neo-)psychedelic synthesis, including the Vasulkas, Adam Beckett,
  LoVid, LSD, and a new piece by Takeshi Murata. PLUS Unarius'
  Restoration! *$7.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
12:30 and 1:30, Galleries at the 401 Richmond building

  Join a guided tour to all of the festival installations in the 401
  Galleries. They will be hosting opening receptions all day noon-five if
  you want to check it out at your own pace. Gallery TPW | A Space |
  Gallery 44 | Prefix ICA | Trinity Square Video | Vtape | WARC Gallery |
  Wynick/Tuck Gallery | YYZ Artists' Outlet

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
9:00 PM, Joseph Workman Theatre

  Light Work Mood Disorder by Jennifer Reeves [USA, 2007, 2 x 16mm, 28
  min] Made in collaboration with musician Anthony Burr, Light Work Mood
  Disorder is a double 16mm piece composed of old educational films and
  physical manipulation of the film frame. From an intricate web of thread
  hand-stitched into the film, to surface treatments with a variety of
  pharmaceutical substances, Reeve's film is a micro & macroscopic
  exploration on themes of corporate exploitation of physical and mental
  health. Western Sunburn by Karl Lemieux [Canada, 2007, video, 10 min]
  Working from looped rolls of found footage, Montréal-based Lemieux
  re-imagines and reframes iconographic figures from an old western with
  painting, scratching, cutting and burning. Black And White Trypps Number
  Four by Ben Russell [USA, 2008, 16mm, 11 min] The newest of Russell's
  continuing series of psychedelic abstractions is one part experimental
  film, one part stand up comedy, and one part social commentary. Using a
  piece of 35mm slug featuring the American comedian Richard Pryor,
  Russell concocts a visual and aural assault of physically incompatible
  film gauges and historically incompatible racial stereotypes. The Boy
  Who Died by John Price [Canada, 2007, 35mm, 7 min, silent] An
  impressionistic study of wintry landscapes in northern Saskatchewan shot
  during down time from a documentary about aboriginal youth. Framing
  Price's shoot is the news of a devastating skidoo accident involving one
  of the subjects of the documentary. Once by Barbra Sternberg [Canada,
  2007, 16mm, 5 min] Juxtaposing silence, sound, light, and language. At
  the onset of Sternberg's Once, we hear an audio excerpt from Rilke's
  Ninth Elegy in darkness, which gives way to a silent film filled with
  glimpses of shimmering light evoking the beauty and brevity of life.
  Ever Present Going Past by Phil Hoffman [Canada, 2007, video, 8 min]
  Hoffman's recent video, made in collaboration with poet Garry Shikatani.
  Sunsets, gardens, footage of days past, places far and near. The world
  we might love, into which we pass through some gate. A garden, the worn
  azul and yellow tiles the assured passage so needed, then broken

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
10:30 PM, Gallery TPW, 56 Ossington Avenue

  Celebrate with us. The galleries are all open! DJ Metro Desi. FREE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
3:00 PM, Gallery 44, 401 Richmond Street, Suite 120

  Images' 2008 Spotlight Artist, Nelson Henricks is joined by fellow
  artist R.M. Vaughan to talk about his recent installation work as well
  as his twenty-year career in video art.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
7:00 PM, Joseph Workman Theatre (1001 Queen Street West)

  The independent Cine Fantom movement—after three decades—is alive and
  well in Moscow. Each Wednesday throughout the year, Cine Fantom holds
  public screenings followed by discussions between film professionals and
  the audience. Over the years, Cine Fantom has produced hundreds of
  projects, which have been screened in Russia and at festivals worldwide.
  In 1984, in Moscow and in Leningrad, several artists (unknown to each
  other) began to screen their experimental films at home for friends.
  Thus clandestine festivals were born. The filmmakers produced a body of
  hilarious, satirical, minimum budget works outside the state-run studio
  system. The brothers Igor and Gleb Aleinikov belonged to this first
  generation of independents. This selection features mainly early black
  and white films by the Aleinikov brothers. In these films, ideological
  comments and critical notions are frequently masked by typical Russian
  black humor. "There is an element of social comment in our films, such
  as in Metastasis and there are films in which the ideas of Moscow
  conceptualism are to be found, such as Tractors," commented Gleb.
  Everything, however, is permeated with sharp irony, an irony reflected
  two decades later, this time in color and in subtler from, in March, a
  recent work by Olga Tchernysheva. (Please see our website for film
  titles and further information.)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
12:00 noon, Joseph Workman Theatre

  This hands-on workshop led by video artist Penny Lane, will guide adult
  students through the basics of visual story-telling with storyboards and
  in-camera editing to make 60-second PSAs or short "personal story"
  narratives. This workshop is open to Workman Arts Members only. For
  information please visit or call 416 583 4339


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

  Filmforum presents Heinz Emigholz: Photography and Beyond Opening Night
  of a Week-Long City-Wide Screening Series with Emigholz in Person
  Emigholz in person tonight with Basis of Make-Up II (Photography and
  Beyond 4) (1995-2000, 35mm, color, 48 min.), Miscellanea I (Photography
  and Beyond 5) (1988-2001, 35mm, b&w, 20 min.), and Miscellanea II
  (Photography and Beyond 6) (1988-2001, 35mm, color, 19 min.).
  Miscellanea I and II, as their titles suggest, are studies done during
  the filming of various other projects, "left-overs" that are assembled
  here in a new and fascinating way. Los Angeles Filmforum, at the
  Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, at Las Palmas. Sunday April 6,
  2008. 7:00 pm. General admission $9, students/seniors $6, free for
  Filmforum members. The Egyptian
  Theatre has a validation stamp for the Hollywood & Highland complex.
  Park 4 hours for $2 with validation. Advance ticket purchase now
  available through Fandango through the American Cinematheque website,

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
7:30 pm, 701 Mission St/YBCA

  Paul Bradley, Maile Colbert and Sylvia Schedelbauer In Person. Six
  recent works which vacillate between radical introspection and
  cosmological wonder, each inverting interior and exterior worlds,
  finding intimacy in the cosmos, divinity in the details. Sylvia
  Schedelbauer's associative collage Remote Intimacy presents a detached
  personal history with the dreadful certainty of a dream. Mark Street's
  Alone, Apart meanders between filmic figure and ground, wresting
  strangeness from the everyday while Jeanne Liotta's Eclipse allows the
  lunar eclipse to shine through emulsified noise. Abraham Ravett's
  Tziporah and Karen Johannesen's Light Speed each meditate on domestic
  details, hinting at the eternal within the everyday and Peggy Ahwesh's
  Warm Objects uses a heat-sensing camera to look (just) beyond the skin
  deep. Finally, traveling sound artists Paul Bradley and Maile Colbert
  present a cinematic translation of their multi-channel installation,
  Transit, an environmental work exploring spaces between memory and
  emotion, between inhale and exhale. $10, general; $6, members, students,
  disabled, seniors.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
9:30PM, The Music Gallery, 197 John Street

  Oslo-based filmmaker Greg Pope's Light Trap is a performance with four
  prepared 16mm projectors and a sound artist. Something of a "live punk
  homage" to Anthony McCall's Line Describing a Cone, the work is a
  voluminous and spatial sound/light sculpture, performed live and in
  constant flux by factors both random and controlled. Without a screen,
  seating, or a traditional beginning and end, Light Trap explores the raw
  elements of cinema: the projector, the film material, the darkened room
  and synchronized sound. The imagery in Light Trap begins with loops of
  completely black film, a dark room filled with haze, and only the hum of
  the projectors' motors. Slowly, the emulsion is whittled away on each
  loop with sandpaper and an array of hand tools, allowing bursts and
  streams of light to pierce through the darkness. Synchronous to the
  unfolding cascade of light emanating into the room, the aberrations on
  the film loops create pops, cracks, and hisses. This constant, reductive
  physical process applied to the surface of the film loops results in a
  slow transformation of the physical space; out of aural and visual
  darkness builds a cacophonous crescendo of sound and light. After
  dabbling in punk rock bands and absurdist performance, Greg Pope founded
  Brighton based Super 8 film collective Situation Cinema in 1986. From
  this group came Loophole Cinema (London 1989)—using 16mm
  multi-projection techniques, they were self-styled shadow engineers
  performing numerous events around Europe until their demise in 1999.
  They also produced The International Symposium of Shadows in London in
  1996. Working collaboratively and individually, Pope has made video
  installations, live art pieces and single screen film works since 1996.
  He currently lives in Norway in a small wooden house and is active with
  Atopia, an artists' film and video collective in Oslo. Knurl, a.k.a.
  Alan Bloor, is one of the premier noise artists in Canada. Using contact
  mics and scrap metal, Knurl creates incredibly powerful harsh noise. At
  times reminiscent of the likes of Daniel Menche and Haters, Knurl has
  released 2 efforts for Alien8 Recordings, and has appeared on the
  Coalescence compilation. Other labels that have documented Knurl include
  RRR, Self Abuse, Labyrinth, Entarte Kunst and Musicus Phycus. Knurl has
  performed with Keiji Haino, David Kristian, Haters, Princess Dragon Mom,
  MSBR and Government Alpha and collaborated live with Jim O'Rourke and
  Thurston Moore.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
1:00 PM, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

  Don't miss these installations. Bus departs from the Gladstone at 1PM
  sharp and returns at 6 PM. Media art events to entertain you en route!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
2:30 PM, Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond Street, Suite 376

  Trinity Square Video moderates a panel of artists and legal experts as
  they discuss the impending changes to Canadian copyright laws and how it
  may affect media artists. With artists Johanna Householder and Jonathon
  Culp, Toronto entertainment lawyer Jonathan Sommer and Laura J. Murray,
  co-author of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
5:00 PM, Joseph Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West at Ossington

  An archeological dig. Object and artifact as visual metaphor for
  unearthing stories and reconciling the past. Hope by Dana Claxton
  [Canada, 2007, video, 10 min] A fixed shot over a table with broken
  pieces of pottery scattered about. The artist successfully reconstructs
  the shards back into a bowl; starting again from scratch, she is unable
  to quite make it fit on the second go around. A simple action reflects
  on the difficulties of reconciliation across history and cultures.
  Paterson—Lodz by Redmond Entwistle [UK, 2006, 16mm/multi-channel sound
  installation, 60 min] A conceptually and formally astute work that
  investigates place, culture, and politics in early 20th century
  histories of Paterson, NJ and Lodz, Poland. The visual elements of the
  film are composed of long sections of black leader cutting back and
  forth with macro-photographed details of glass castings taken from
  sidewalks in the aforementioned cities. Though the physical duration of
  the film print is approximately 18 minutes, after the title credits
  roll, the film is rewound, re-threaded and projected twice more for a
  total of three passes through the projector. As the imagery is repeated
  on screen three times, the audio for the film is ever changing. Rather
  than using the fixed optical track on the film, SMPTE time code drives a
  computer, which randomly selects audio for a 10-channel sound
  "composition" resulting in a different mix each time the film is played.
  This soundscape alternates between field recordings in the two cities
  and interviews about the 1905 revolution in Lodz, the Paterson Silk
  Strike of 1913, and involvement of the Jewish populations in both
  cities. The resulting work, lasting the better part of an hour, is a
  constantly evolving minimalist experiment in non-fiction form. In
  considering the sparse imagery over three successive viewings, our
  attentions are turned to an audio composition that is, both literally
  and figuratively, larger than what can be contained in the film itself.
  It's a story that is never fixed, pointing towards the uncertainty of
  histories and memories to reconcile with each other.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Images Festival
7:00 PM, Joseph Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West at Ossington

  Above and below the natural unfolds, mediated by internal and external
  wanderings, wonderings. Outwardly From Earth's Center, by Rosa Barba
  [Netherlands/Germany, 2006,video, 20 min] Outwardly from Earth's Centre
  takes place on an island that is slowly drifting away, doomed to
  disappear. The population of the island struggles to find ways to
  stabilize and keep put their home. Using ropes and weights, the
  fictitious inhabitants take expert advice and attempt to put a stop to
  their land that is drifting away. This is Not an Anchor, This Boat is
  Not an Anchor by Marianna Milhorat [Canada, 2007, 16mm, 11 min] Through
  a dense mist we emerge into a foggy marshland. Slowly and achingly a
  mysterious landscape is revealed. Foghorns and sharp cuts jolt the
  meandering sense of place and memory, recollection of then, creating a
  sense of unease and anxiety within. Isolated Landscapes by Heidi
  Phillips [Canada, 2007, video, 5 min] Looking to the sea to find you
  there. Distance, longings, thoughts drifting to dark places, to within,
  to a heart drawn and shaded, barely beating. Echo Park by Paul Clipson
  [USA, 2007, Super 8, 9 min] This beautifully crafted Super 8 film
  captures the delicacy and elegance of leaves pooled with dew. Clipson's
  luscious camerawork focuses on the shimmering and splattering of light
  as it moves from natural to urban landscapes. Observando el Cielo by
  Jeanne Liotta [USA, 2007, 16mm, 19 min] So galaxies of the Virgo cluster
  glow like years… It was inner space, the universe inside time Years,
  years ago Astronomers have gazed out at the compass of all existence For
  years they found nothing 'Cause no one had looked

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