Part 2 of 2: This week [April 12 - 20, 2008] in avant garde cinema

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Date: Sat Apr 12 2008 - 10:35:28 PDT

Part 2 of 2: This week [April 12 - 20, 2008] in avant garde cinema


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

  In the summer of 2003, Bren Bataclan began leaving paintings of his
  colorful characters for people to take all over the Boston area on park
  benches, in subway stations, schoolyards, and other public locations. To
  each painting Bataclan attached a note that read, "This painting is
  yours to keep if you promise to smile at random people more often."
  Smile Boston Project (directed by David Tamés, 20 min., 2007, USA)
  covers the project from its inception in the summer of 2003 through the
  spring of 2007, examining Bataclan's influences, his goals, and the
  reactions of the people who have found, purchased, and critiqued his
  paintings. One of America's best known low-budget "underground"
  filmmakers, George Kuchar is also famous for his outrageously campy
  collaborations with his students at the San Francisco Art Institute.
  During the making of one of his sci-fi dramas, "The Planet of the
  Vamps", student Marc Rokoff took it upon himself to actually document
  the insanity that takes place in Kuchar's class. Edited by Kuchar, The
  Smutty Professor (40 min., 2003, USA), is a "lively record of the
  production class in action as it tackles the teleplay with a minuscule
  budget and scanty costuming. It's a behind-the-scenes exposé of creative
  desperation and unbridled youth tackling the passions of dramatic
  exposition and erotic excess with kindergarten kinship."—Kuchar Also
  screening is That Which Sustains (directed by Tamir Elterman, 6 min.,
  2007, USA)

Houston, Texas: Aurora Picture Show
8 p.m., DiverseWorks Artspace

  Saturday, April 19: Putting the Balls Away, Tara Mateik DiverseWorks Art
  Space In 'Putting the Balls Away,' Tara Mateik reenacts the legendary
  'Battle of the Sexes,' Billie Jean King's 1973 defeat of the former
  Wimbledon men's champion, Bobby Riggs. By playing both roles in a video
  version of the match, and reviving remarks by sports commentators Howard
  Cosell and Rosie Casals, Mateik recalls the controversy sparked by the
  most watched televised sporting event of the era. Saturday, April 19:
  Cynthia's Moment, Shana Moulton DiverseWorks Art Space Shana Moulton
  will play her character, Cynthia, the fictional protagonist in her
  Whispering Pines series of videos. Moulton will bring Cynthia and her
  strange world to life through an innovative use of sets, props, costume
  and projected video. Combining live-action and projected video, Moulton
  describes her performance as presenting "a series of home-made and found
  orthopedic devices, cosmetics and belief systems." Moulton's
  presentation will at different points approximate a personal growth
  workshop, dance recital, instructional video and fairytale.

London, England: Tate
19:00, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

  Saturday 19 April, 19.00 Programme 13: Ange Leccia and Dominique
  Gonzalez Foerster Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, major
  figures on the international contemporary art scene, both address cinema
  in their work. Gonzalez-Foerster produces films, installations and
  performances that stage the unfolding of psychological and emotional
  dramas. Leccia deploys video projections in architectural interventions
  and arrangements, to relay stories of personal and public dramas. Ange
  Leccia, Stridura, 1980, 13', 16mm Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Plages,
  2001, 15', 35mm Ange Leccia, True Romance, 2004, 5', video Dominique
  Gonzalez-Foerster, Atomic Park, 2004, 9', 35mm Ange Leccia, Perfect Day,
  2007, 67', video Programme duration 110' Don't miss 7 weekends of the
  best French avant-garde cinema, including an unprecedented selection of
  over 80 pioneering experimental films from the last hundred years,
  including classics, as well as marvellous surprises, from psychedelia to
  erotica, via music videos and radical political filmmaking. The theme of
  each screening is inspired by manifestos written by celebrated DADA
  provocateurs Marcel Duchamp and Tristan Tzara, and is guaranteed to make
  you look at the French avant-garde in a new light. It also marks the
  40th anniversary of the May 1968 protest movements that sparked a
  revolutionary shift which resounds today. The series demonstrates the
  political vitality and formal diversity of the French avant-garde from
  the beginnings of cinema to the present day. The series includes
  pioneering films by Christian Boltanski, Alberto Cavalcanti, Marcel
  Duchamp, Jean Epstein, Gérard Fromanger, Philippe Garrel, Jean-Luc
  Godard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Maria Klonaris & Katerina
  Thomadaki, Ange Leccia, Maurice Lemaître, Rose Lowder, Louis Lumière,
  Étienne-Jules Marey, Chris Marker, Georges Méliès, László Moholy-Nagy,
  Pierre Molinier, Marylène Negro, Man Ray, Carole Roussopoulos,
  Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Ben Vautier, René Vautier and many
  more. Curated by Nicole Brenez, Michael Temple, Michael Witt, Pierre
  d'Amerval and Laurent Mannoni in association with Tate Modern and La
  Cinémathèque française.

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

  Here's the national editor of Otaku USA, Patrick Macias, with his
  outrageous sub-cultural survey, taking us on a breathless wild ride
  through Weird Tokyo. With 3 books behind him, Patrick's become the main
  agent for interpreting Japanese youth genres like anime, manga, and cult
  films, and his years of trans-Pacific travel have generated a veritable
  encyclopedia of bizarre fan-boy obsessions. Among the features of the
  feverish J-Pop imagination are the maid cafes of Akihabara,
  action-figure fetish cults (both erotic and warrior), costume
  role-playing, and delinquent bikers, revealed in all their exotic detail
  through Macias' anecdote-rich live narration. Consummating the program
  is a monstrous sample of old-school exploitation, the incredible last
  reel of Gamera, the Invincible, in glorious 16mm B/W, with live
  soundtrack "enhancement" by Hans Grusel-san and the Anti-Ear. Free robot
  model kits and magazines, too! *$8.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2008

Albuquerque, New Mexico: Experiments in Cinema
1pm, Guild Cinema

  Guest artist and legendary experimentalist, Scott Stark will present a
  program of his film/video work. 16mm films: Air (1986), I'll Walk with
  God (1994), Angel Beach (2001). Video: Chop (2003), To Love or To Die
  (2003), Shape Shift (2004), More Than Meets the Eye: Remaking Jane Fonda

Brooklyn, New York: UnionDocs
7:00PM, 322 Union Avenue

  UnionDocs presents an installation of experimental film works by artists
  Sandra Gibson, Luis Recoder, and Andrew Filippone Jr. Two films will be
  featured: Gibson and Recoder's Light Spill and Filippone's Happy Monday.
  Both works use traditional materials of cinema – namely, film and a
  light source – to explore space, light, and time. For Sandra Gibson and
  Luis Recoder's Light Spill, the content of their film is secondary to
  the conceptual exploration of their chosen medium. As the film runs, the
  projector spews the contents onto the floor, allowing a pile to
  accumulate throughout the exhibition. As the artists point out, their
  work "recasts the light mechanics of a peculiar estrangement of the
  medium. The art of cinema, yes, but more timely: the becoming cinema of
  art. That is the coming attraction." In Happy Monday, Andrew Filippone
  Jr. returns to his first film project – a failed and unfinished
  decade-old narrative short – and recasts the abandoned 16mm film
  negative into something he calls a "documentary film object." He
  arranges the negative into a vague human body shape and presents it on a
  large light box over which audiences linger. The frozen moments from the
  unfinished short film are "entombed" in the frames of the negative, he
  says, expressing both the failure of the original project and a critique
  of his younger filmmaker self. Gibson and Recoder have shown work at the
  Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1 MoMA, The Kitchen, Barbican Art
  Gallery (London), KW (Berlin), TENT (Rotterdam), Palais des Beaux-Arts
  (Brussels), and Image Forum (Tokyo). Filippone's films have screened at
  d>art03 at the 50th Sydney Film Festival, Videomedeja, AIM IV: Art in
  Motion, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Hot Springs
  Documentary Film Festival, and on PBS. The exhibit opens at 7PM. There
  is a suggested donation of $8.

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

  Filmforum presents Carolee Schneemann in person with Kitch's Last Meal
  (1973-78, 54 minutes, Super 8, color, dual projection, separate sound;
  New restoration of original film reels/separate sound; Screening format
  to be determined.) Schneemann's cat, Kitch, which was featured in works
  such as Fuses, was a major figure in Schneemann's work for almost twenty
  years. The film documents the routines of daily life whilst time passes,
  a relationship winds down and death closes in: filming and recording
  stopped when the elderly cat died. Schneemann will also be at REDCAT on
  April 21 and UCLA Film & Television Archive on April 25. Los Angeles
  Filmforum, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, at Las Palmas.
  Sunday April 20 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

New York, New York: Collective Sight
3 pm, Unisphere, Flushing Meadows, Queens

  You are invited to participate in Collective Sight, two collaborative
  cell phone movie-making events, taking place April 13th and 20th in New
  York City. Participants are asked to shoot video with their cell phones
  starting at the same time at the same place. Collective Sight takes two
  similar structures (in historic places) as a starting point for
  exploring public space in New York City. Sunday, April 13th 3 pm: the
  globe sculpture on the north side of Columbus Circle at the center of
  Manhattan. Sunday, April 20th 3 pm: the World's Fair UniSphere in
  Flushing Meadows, Queens. Take part in one or both events! Basic
  instruction in cell phone operation/video file transfer will be
  provided. The videos will be combined into a single piece, and all
  participants receive digital copy and cinematographer credit. More
  information and a prototype video can be seen at This project is done in collaboration with
  Neighborhood Public Radio (NPR), as part of NPR's participation in the
  2008 Whitney Biennial.

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

  Kwame Braun and Chris Kennedy In Person. Tonight's films divulge the
  buried undercurrents of institutional manipulation, emotional experience
  and the social politics imbedded within documentary images and image
  making. Kwame Braun's experimental video essay, passing girl:
  riverside—An Essay on Camera Work, unfolds the complexities of emotion
  and politics entwined within a simple moment between a young girl and a
  man with a video camera. Memo to Pic Desk, by Chris Kennedy and Anna van
  der Meulen, takes an idiosyncratic look at the theatricality of vintage
  news photography using typewritten materials from the archives of the
  Toronto Daily to disclose how moral codes, delinquency, and freewill are
  pulled into an altered coherence. Harun Farocki's Respite resurrects
  archival footage from 1941 that documents the life of inmates at the
  Dutch transit camp for Jews in Westerbork, Holland. Shot by an inmate of
  the camp at the command of an SS officer, the hidden politics of the
  images create a visual tension of conflicted interests. Farocki, in an
  ode to silent film, has inserted inter-titles with detailed descriptions
  of the images as well as his own ruminations on the psychologically
  complex footage. $10, general; $6, members, students, disabled, seniors.

Santa Fe, NM: Bearded Child Film Festival
8pm, Meow Wolf, 2nd & Cerrillos

  A selection of underground and experimental films from the Bearded Child
  Film Festival.

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