This week [July 12 - 20, 2008] in avant garde cinema

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This week [July 12 - 20, 2008] in avant garde cinema

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Images Festival (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
47th Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Deadline: October 15, 2008)
Reel Venus Film Festival (New York, NY USA; Deadline: July 26, 2008)
Josh (London, England; Deadline: September 22, 2008)
Videologia (Russia; Deadline: October 20, 2008)
Ava Gardner Film Festival (Smithfield, NC, USA; Deadline: September 01, 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)
Betting on Shorts (London; Deadline: August 15, 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)
ICE - Iowa City Experimental (Iowa City, IA 52240; Deadline: August 15, 2008)
ETC Artists Residency Program (Newark Valley; Deadline: July 15, 2008)
Dallas Video Festival (Dallas, Texas, USA; Deadline: August 11, 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)
Reel Venus Film Festival (New York, NY USA; Deadline: July 26, 2008)

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 * Super 8 Diary: Jason Halprin [July 12, Chicago, Illinois]
 * "The Rape of Europa" July 11-12-13 [July 12, Eugene, Oregon]
 * The Films of Stan Vanderbeek July 11 - 20 [July 12, New York, New York]
 * The New Talkies: Live Film Narration 2008/A Neo-Benshi Cabaret [July 12, San Francisco, California]
 * Films [July 12, San Francisco, California]
 * Films By Michael Wallin [July 12, San Francisco, California]
 * "The Rape of Europa" July 11-12-13 [July 13, Eugene, Oregon]
 * Leslie Singer's Three On A Match [July 17, San Francisco, California]
 * The Perfect Show [July 17, Seattle, Washington]
 * Club Sandwich + Canyon Cinema Present A Night of 16mm Experimental Silent
    Films.. [July 18, San Francisco, California]
 * A Slice of Blood and Honey: Experimental Cinema From Macedonia [July 18, Seattle, Washington]
 * Visual Music At Expressions Gallery [July 19, Berkeley, California]

Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE.


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.

Eugene, Oregon: DIVA Center
7:00 PM, DIVA Center 110 W. Broadway

  The DIVA Center will screen the award winning documentary "The Rape of
  Europa" at 7PM on July 11th and 12th and at 1PM on Sunday, July 13th.
  University of Oregon Art and Law Professor Dom Vetri will host the
  Saturday evening screening. The film tells the story of the systematic
  theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art
  treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. Admission:
  $6. Information: 344-3482.

New York, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art
11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, more..., 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street

  DAILY Wed – Sun, except Fridays (see end of schedule for special Friday
  schedule). 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm: Vanderbeekiana: What, Who, How (1957, 8
  min); Science Friction (1959, 9 min); Ala Mode (1960, 5 min); Mankinda
  (1957, 10 min); Breathdeath (1964, 15 min); Poem Field no. 2, with Ken
  Knowlton (1966, 6 min); See, Saw, Seems (1967, 10 min); Panels for the
  Walls of the World (1967, 8 min); Oh (1968, 10 min); Symmetricks (1971,
  7 min); Total running time: 88 min. 3.30pm: Cold War Dreams Achoo Mr.
  Keroochev (1959, 1 Ύ min); Astral Man (1957, 2 Ό min); Black and Whites,
  Days and Nights (1960, 5 min); Snapshots of the City (1961, 5 min);
  Skullduggery (1960, 5 min); Summit (1963, 12 min); Total running time:
  31 min. 4pm: Super-Imposition Wheels no. 1 (1958, 5 min); Wheels no. 2
  (1959, 5 min); Dance of the Lonely Spoons (1959, 5 min); Found Film no.
  1 (1968/70, 6min); The History of Motion in Motion (10 min); The Human
  Face is a Monument (9 ½ min); Super-Imposition (1968, 17 min); Total
  running time: 41 min. 5pm: Cybernetic Space Phenomenon no. 1 (1965, 7
  min); Man and His World (1967, 1 min); Spherical Space no. 1 (1967, 5
  min); Poem Field no. 1, with Ken Knowlton (1966, 4 min); Poem Field no.
  7 with Ken Knowlton, soundtrack by John Cage (1968, 4 min); Will (1968,
  4 min); Film Form no. 1 (1970, 10 min); Who Ho Ray No. 1 (1966-1972, 8
  min); Total running time: 43 min. FRIDAYS: 1pm – 6pm – VanDerBeekiana
  program 6 – 6.30pm – Cold War Dreams program 6.30-7.30pm –
  Super-Imposition program 7.30 – 8.30 – Cybernetic Space program

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

San Francisco, California: New Nothing Cinema
8pm, 16 Sherman St.

  Come on down for an informal film screening at New Nothing Cinema that
  I'm throwing together for a few wonderful out of town
  filmmakers...should be a good time. Bring some booze, I will supply the
  ice. with a large variety of movies including works from, Michael
  Rudnick Bryan Konefsky Dean Snider Rock Ross Paul Clipson Tomanari
  Nishikawa and many more.... fun and good times for all.

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
7pm, 379 Highland (at Holly Park in Bernal Heights)

  Free! FILMS BY MICHAEL WALLIN: TO HOLD A HEART and other films As part
  of its activity to support Bay Area filmmakers and arts organizations,
  The Metro Theatre Center Foundation will be presenting a series of
  screening events with filmmakers and their subjects present. The series,
  "Up Close and Personal--An Evening With..." continues on Saturday, July
  12th, at the home theater space of Executive Director, Ron Merk.
  METROSPACE, a screening and performance space, carved out of Ron's
  enormous, high-ceiling former garage space, features state of the art
  video projection, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, a stage, lighting and sound,
  in a wonderful intimate atmosphere. The guest of honor will be renowned
  Bay Area filmmaker, Michael Wallin. Michael and several surprise guests
  (some of the people in his films) will be present. The event will begin
  at 7PM with a reception, with a screening at 8PM. There is no charge to
  attend the event, but donations will be gratefully accepted the night of
  the event, to help defray the costs of running the venue and the event.
  Three films, each chosen personally by Michael, will be presented.
  "These three films, DECODINGS (1988), BLACK SHEEP BOY (1995, color, 37
  min.) and TO HOLD A HEART (2005), spanning a 17 year period, form a sort
  of psycho-sexual trilogy. They reflect a shift in my creative focus from
  the more formal concerns of prior films toward the personal and
  psychological. Sexuality has always fascinated me in terms of its
  visceral pull, the conjunction of fantasy and reality, and what
  constitutes for each of us, whether gay or straight, male or female, a
  sort of ideal, often elusive, other. And what that process is by which
  desire and infatuation morph into love, that sublime mix of the physical
  and emotional. This exploration has paralleled and been further fueled
  by a career shift from filmmaker jack-of-all-trades to psychotherapist.
  So the force and influence exerted by our past histories, both family
  and socio/cultural. These themes are explored in these 3
  "autobiographical" works, first in the foundfootage/collage film
  DECODINGS, second in the poetic, more narratively oblique film BLACK
  SHEEP BOY and lastly in the very direct and straightforward tale told in
  TO HOLD A HEART." (Michael Wallin) "Michael Wallin's DECODINGS is a
  profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of
  collective memory, in this case found footage from the '40s and '50s...
  The search for self ends in aching poignancy with stills of a boy and
  his mother at the kitchen table, catching the moment that marks the
  dawning of anguish and loss; desire becomes imprinted on that which was
  long ago." (Manohla Dargis, THE VILLAGE VOICE) "BLACK SHEEP BOY is one
  of the best shorts making the '95 gay film fest circuit, having artistic
  links to experimental classics such as Jean Genet's UN CHANT D'AMOUR and
  Kenneth Anger's FIREWORKS." (SF Weekly) "TO HOLD A HEART beautifully
  presents a story that is familiar but is told so delicately that it
  comes alive in a very personal, fresh way. Quite an accomplishment." (Bo
  Smith, Curator: Film/Video, Boston Museum of Fine Art) "TO HOLD A HEART
  is told with quiet wit and is alert to all aspects of a familiar
  longing...A beautiful work..." (Carl Bogner, University of Wisconsin,
  Milwaukee & Curator: Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival) There will be a brief
  Q&A after each film, and a chance to continue questions one on one with
  Michael Wallin and some of his co-conspirators at the end of the

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008

Eugene, Oregon: DIVA Center
1 PM, DIVA Center 110 W. Broadway

  The DIVA Center will screen the award winning documentary "The Rape of
  Europa" at 1PM on Sunday, July 13th. The film tells the story of the
  systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of
  Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War.
  Admission: $6. Information: 344-3482.


San Francisco, California: Camerawork Gallery
6pm, 657 Mission @ 3rd Street, 2nd floor

  Leslie Singer's never before seen 1994 video of Kevin Killian's play
  Three on a Match, shot at San Francisco's short-lived gallery/
  performance space Kiki, screened in conjunction with the exhibition
  Kiki: The Proof is in the Pudding at Ratio 3 ( $5
  Public, $2 Students/Seniors, Free for Camerawork Members

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

  PRESENTS THE PERFECT SHOW: The Films Of Karl Krogstad (Director,
  Country, Year, Format) "THE PERFECT SHOW is Karl Krogstad's example of
  the most direct and unconventional expression possible — and it's darned
  close to perfect! The program includes five new short films plus a lot
  of 'fillers.' The fillers aren't really films, but the songs of birds.
  And when these birds sing you can almost smell the tail feathers. The
  show lasts about one hour and is like a feather that actually falls like
  a coin, to land on its edge. They are strange." –Karl Krogstad

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008

San Francisco, California: + Club Sandwich
8pm potluck, 9pm showtime, Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pit

  ..with live improvised musical scores by EXTRA LIFE (www. myspace.
  com/extralifetheband)+ NAT BALDWIN (www. myspace. com/natbaldwin) -
  Friday, July 18 at 8pm (potluck first + movies start at sundown) - The
  Horseshoe Pit in Golden Gate Park [enter from Stanyan + Hayes, walk a
  bit and go up first set of stairs on your right / call 510.378.0628 if
  you get lost] - Films by - James Otis - Saul Levine - Chuck Hudina -
  Peter Hutton - Owen Land - Jud Yalkut - Robert Huot - David Rimmer -
  Kurt Kren - Greta Snider ++++++Movie Junkfood Potluck (bring your
  favorite snacks!) - - - -

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

  JULY 18-19, Friday-Saturday at 8pm A SLICE OF BLOOD AND HONEY:
  Experimental Cinema From Macedonia Macedonia (a breakaway nation from
  Yugoslavia) is a small, mountainous country in South Eastern Europe.
  Against the struggles of economic hardship, ethnic tensions, and bitter
  Balkan politics, it has a flourishing youth culture. Artists are
  reacting to the genre films and contemporary art movements from the
  western world while at the same time commenting on their own culture as
  it moves from a provincial, socialist state to one with all the
  trappings of a cosmopolitan member of the European Union. With this
  program, we'll be showcasing some of the short films and documentaries
  coming from students, experimental filmmakers and visual artists. Films
  include a documentary about Skopje's underground radio station as it
  saved from being taken off the air by party-loving and outspoken
  protestors, a Svankmayer inspired animation featuring a clay homunculus
  pursued by nails, and a short sci-fi film about a woman's attempt to
  escape from imprisonment at the hands of a maleficent medical staff.
  This program is supported by a grant from CEC ArtsLink.


Berkeley, California: Expressions Gallery
7pm, 2035 Ashby Avenue, (near Ashby BART Station)

  Expressions Gallery presents prize-winning filmmaker Melanie Hofmann
  with composer Steve Capper in a program of abstract videos with
  electronic soundtracks. When: 7-9 pm, July 19, 2008 What: Movies: Visual
  Music at Expressions Gallery Who: Melanie Hofmann and Steve Capper
  Where: Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (near
  the Ashby BART Station) Admission: Free Public Info: 510-644-4930,
  email suppressed Contact: Loren
  Means, email suppressed Melanie Hofmann graduated with a BFA in
  Textiles from the California College of the Arts in 1996. Her home and
  studio are located in Berkeley. She had the privilege of attending one
  of the original Bay Area "Free" Schools, Pinel, in the Sixties. At Pinel
  and later living in Berkeley as a teenager, she was immersed in the
  Psychedelic culture of the era. This influence has manifested itself in
  her digital video work that will be featured at a screening on July 19,
  from 7 - 8 pm at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley. One of the films in
  that show, "Obsession" recently won a prize at the Twin Rivers Media
  Festival. Some of her digital video work can be viewed at Melanie started out using digital
  technology to do the design process for her printed textiles. She uses
  the scanner extensively in her digital work, scanning in such things as
  leaves, flowers, crystals, and photographs which are then transformed in
  Photoshop. Melanie's projected artwork was featured in the Shotgun
  Players performance of Arabian Night in the spring of 2005. In other
  media, Melanie has received awards from the Taegu International Textile
  Design competition and from Manhattan Arts International. Her work in
  textiles, ceramics, and photography can be purchased at Steve Capper, a musician, has
  collaborated with Melanie on a number of projects. He composes his
  pieces while viewing the work. He played keyboard, drums, and guitar as
  part of the punk rock/reggae music scene in London in the Seventies, and
  wrote songs in these genres. He got his first synthesizer in the early
  Nineties. He uses a Roland Fantom 6 synthesizer for composing as well as
  live performance.

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