This week [July 5 - 13, 2008] in avant garde cinema

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This week [July 5 - 13, 2008] in avant garde cinema

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INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (RISC), 3rd edition (Marseille, France; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
25th Annual Olympia Film Festival CINE-X (Olympia, Washington, USA; Deadline: September 01, 2008)
Images Festival (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
47th Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Deadline: October 15, 2008)

Pantheon Xperimental Film & Animation Festival 7.0 (Cyprus; Deadline: July 31, 2008)
OFF: true-school underground film festival (Lausanne, Switzerland; Deadline: August 01, 2008)
CPH:DOX (Copenhagen, Denmark; Deadline: August 01, 2008)
International Short Film Festival Winterthur (Winterthur, Switzerland; Deadline: July 31, 2008)
International Science & Film Festival (Marseille, France; Deadline: July 14, 2008)
Juried Show (san francisco; Deadline: July 30, 2008)
Detroit Docs International Film Festival (Detroit, MI; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
ETC Artists Residency Program (Newark Valley; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
Bolzano ShorFilmFestival (Bolzano, Italy; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
zwergWERK - Oldenburg Shortfilm Days (Oldenburg, Nds., Germany; Deadline: July 31, 2008)
INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (RISC), 3rd edition (Marseille, France; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
Images Festival (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Deadline: July 15, 2008)

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 * The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology- Seattle [July 5, Seattle, Washington]
 * Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind [July 7, Seattle, Washington]
 * A Series of Fortunate Events [July 10, London, England]
 * RomáNtico [July 10, San Francisco, California]
 * Super 8 Diary: Jason Halprin [July 12, Chicago, Illinois]
 * The New Talkies: Live Film Narration 2008/A Neo-Benshi Cabaret [July 12, San Francisco, California]

Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE.


Seattle, Washington: The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology
12:30pm-2:30pm, Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave

  Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with Foreign Film Experimental
  Shorts The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology showcases a wide range of
  new cutting-edge experimental films, many of which have never before
  been presented in the United States. The films range from visually rich
  and dynamic and though-provoking to very short 1-3 minute strikingly
  intense experimental cinema. Tickets are $6, ($3 for students) The
  lineup of experimental films is posted at The full festival schedule
  can be found at

MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008

Seattle, Washington: Northwest Film Forum
8pm, 1515 12th Ave

  Digi-BETA, 58 min) A calm, beautiful and wordless testament to fallen
  rebels and radicals in American history, from colonial times to the
  present. The film consists of elegantly composed images of gravesites
  and public shrines. A monument to monuments and a call to arms, PROFIT
  MOTIVE visits the resting places of such figures as Malcolm X, Mother
  Jones, Cesar Chavez and Eugene V. Debs. Winner, Best Experimental Film,
  2007, National Society Film Critics. Screen with PERFECT FILM (Ken
  Jacobs, USA, 1986, 16mm, 22 min) An experimental work structured around
  outtakes from TV news footage after the assassination of Malcolm X.


London, England: Small But Perfectly Formed
7.30pm, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

  Small but perfectly Formed presents "A Series of Fortunate Events",
  displaying something of the relationship between improvisation and
  composition. Sally Golding (16mm multi-screen projection) Handmade 16mm
  extrapolations / performances; chaotic distortions of optical,
  mechanical, and photochemical processes…. John Butcher (saxophones) Mark
  Wastell (tam tam and electronics) New free-improv duo Roland Ramanan
  (trumpet, flute) Roberto Sassi (guitar) Tony Marsh (drums) trio
  performing their own graphic scores Café Oto 18-22 Ashwin Street,
  Dalston, London E8 3DL Sally Golding is a film artist,
  curator, audiovisual archivist and film instructor based in Brisbane,
  Australia. Her moving-image art practice is extremely broad in scope,
  taking in surrealist melodrama, photochemical experimentation with
  celluloid, expanded cinema performance and audiovisual installation.
  Sally is most often visible as one half of Abject Leader, or one third
  of OtherFilm. John Butcher leads
  an almost scientific survey of the sonic possibilities of the saxophone
  being in his studio work or in live while performing improvisation or
  compositions. He has performed with countless international improvisers
  and is hard to avoid in festivals across the world. John's also
  performed twice this year along the film Screen Play by Christian
  Marclay. Much of Mark Wastell's relationship
  with his chosen instrument (being cello, electronics, gong or harmonium)
  is concentrated on revealing its tactile, textural and sonic
  possibilities. Mark has performed with many leading musicians including
  John Zorn, Keith Rowe, Lol Coxhill, Axel Dorner, Phil Minton, Max
  Eastley or Steve Beresford. "Exploring the boundary between composition
  and improvisation has always been the driving force for me." Roland
  Ramanan, from Roland has worked with
  Peter Brotzman, Eddie Prevost, Simon Fell, Jonn Lloyd... and is a member
  of the London Improviser orchestra.

San Francisco, California: Artists Television Access
7:30 pm, 992 valencia st at 21 st

  Romántico ANSWER Coalition Film Series Set in San Francisco's Mission
  district, Romántico is a documentary about Mexican musician Carmelo
  Muñiz Sánchez, who leaves San Francisco to return home to his beloved
  wife, daughters and ailing mother after years playing in taquerías and
  bars. But once Carmelo arrives home, he is confronted with the struggles
  and poverty wages that led to his first border crossing. This touching
  film helps to sensitize viewers to the dignity of the undocumented
  workers and the hardships they face. 2005, 80min., Directed by Mark


Chicago, Illinois: The Nightingale
8 pm, 1084 N Milwaukee Ave

  The Nightingale is pleased to present a program of Super-8mm films by
  Chicago artist Jason Halprin. Halprin is one of a handful of filmmakers
  who remain steadfastly committed to the small gauge format of Super-8
  while the surrounding world becomes increasingly digital. Working in a
  medium traditionally reserved for home-movies and avant-garde
  filmmakers, Halprin fuses these two realms, taking advantage of the
  intimacy and flexibility that Super-8 offers. His experimental diary
  films focus on small details, unobserved moments, and subtle variations
  of color, texture, and movement that often escape filmmakers working in
  other formats. From the seemingly mundane activity of repotting
  houseplants to the impressionistic views of the Nebraska landscape to
  the telling and complex hand gestures of politicians giving stump
  speeches, Halprin provides a view into a world where the little things
  are seen to have as great an import as the grandiose. Films screening
  include: Potted Plants II (2 min, 2003), Great Nebraska Highway (3 min,
  2005), Winter Weather and My Soul Parts I & II (5 min, 2003), Small
  Gauge Politics (3 min, 2004), Madison Farmer's Market (5 min, 2005) ,
  Boulder Falls Falling (3 min, 2007), Harlem to Valhalla (3 min, 2007),
  Brooklyn Prospect (3 min, 2007), NYC Imagine (1 min, 2004), and others.
  Total running time approx. 60 min. All films are Chicago premieres.

San Francisco, California: Artists Television Access
8pm, 992 valencia st at 21 st

  Saturday, July 12, 2008. 8PM $10 The New Talkies: Live film narration
  2008 a neo-benshi cabaret presented by kino21 The Kearneys talk back to
  Spielberg's characters David Larsen Rodney Koeneke Tonight's program is
  inspired by the work of the katsudo benshi, the Japanese artist of
  cinematic narration during the silent movie era. Benshis were the
  actors, writers, and orators who accompanied films live in the theater
  to explain, voice and comment on the screen action. In our neo-benshi
  adaptation of the format for a modern sensibility, each writer/performer
  takes a film scene, mutes the dialog, then devises a new script
  (sometimes with sound effects) to interpret, ventriloquize and even sing
  both with and against the film. Their performances serve to subvert,
  amplify and hijack the original visuals. In addition to several world
  premieres from local Bay Area artists, we are delighted to have been
  able to lure three performers from events in Los Angeles and Portland,
  Oregon, where we participated in neo-benshi cabarets over the last year.
  The bill features performances by Charles Schulz & Erika Staiti - Who's
  Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Rodney Koeneke - Mary Poppins Clive Worsley -
  Jeremiah Johnson Douglas & Nicole Kearney - Indiana Jones & the Temple
  of Doom Cynthia Sailers - The Passion of Anna Jaime Cortez - Guess Who's
  Coming to Dinner? David Larsen - Logan's Run Plus some other merriments
  to be added. "Neo-benshi at its best mashes up subversive written
  scripts, deft acting, and acrobatic mind-eye coordination." - Steve
  Dickinson, The Poetry Center, SFSU

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