Part 2 of 2: This week [March 14 - 22, 2009] in avant garde cinema

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Part 2 of 2: This week [March 14 - 22, 2009] in avant garde cinema

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009

Austin, TX: South by Southwest Film Festival
11:30am, Austin Convention Center

  See March 19.

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
7:00pm, 32 Second Avenue

  2008, 177 minutes, video. NEW YORK THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN! Michel Auder
  & Andrew Neel THE FEATURE Very special thanks to Michel Auder, Andrew
  Neel and Ethan Palmer (SeeThink Productions). Michel Auder's epic new
  film is a summation of his half-century-long career as a video artist
  and diarist. In 15-hour diaries, 2-hour neo-narratives, and 1-minute
  haikus, Auder has created a body of work that is wholly unique in the
  history of the moving image. With the archive of footage Auder has
  amassed over the decades providing much of the source material,
  alongside new scenes shot by co-director Andrew Neel (the grandson of
  painter Alice Neel), THE FEATURE represents a self-conscious and
  quasi-fictional variation on the story of Auder's life.

Orlando, Florida: Sunspot Cinema
7:00 p.m., 500 West Livingston Street

  Sunspot Cinema presents "The Presentation Theme: Selections from the
  2009 Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival." The University of
  Central Florida Film Department and Associate Professor Chris Harris are
  proud to host this special event to showcase some of the films from this
  year's FLEX FEST, an experimental film festival that celebrates
  alternative forms of filmmaking. The event will be held FRIDAY March
  20th, 2009 at UCF's Center for Emerging Media's Bridge Theater located
  at 500 West Livingston St. in downtown Orlando. The screenings will
  begin at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public! ALL THAT
  RISES by Daichi Saito 2007, .07.00, CANADA, 16MM Juxtaposition of seeing
  and sounding, sky and stone and all that's in between. A short walk in
  an alleyway, to hear vision sounding images, blessed with light and
  darkness. SPACE GHOST by Laurie Jo Reynolds 2007, 26:00, USA, MINIDV
  Space Ghost compares the experiences of astronauts and prisoners, using
  popular depictions of space travel to illustrate the physical and
  existential aspects of incarceration: sensory deprivation, the
  perception of time as chaotic and indistinguishable, the displacement of
  losing face‐to‐face contact, and the sense of existing in a
  different but parallel universe with family and loved‐ones.
  GRAVITY by Nicolas Provost 2007, 06:33, BELGIUM, MINIDV The cinematic
  kiss is probably one of the most archetypical images to be found in film
  history. It is usually a reassuring and sometimes climactic element in a
  movie's storyline. Not in Nicolas Provost's Gravity though: with
  stroboscopic effects, more than a dozen kissing scenes, most from
  stereotypical 1950s romantic dramas, are edited together and
  superimposed. Narrative is subverted as the kissing is isolated from its
  context entirely; the action slows down and flickers back and forth.
  Every now and then, shots from different films overlap and match;
  protagonists merge and diverge again a few seconds later. The sugary and
  dramatic soundtrack of romantic film music contrasts with the
  deconstructed images; together, they form a dazzling 6-minute vertigo
  where love becomes a passionate battle. YARD WORK IS HARD WORK by Jodie
  Mack 2008, 28:00, USA, 16MM An experimental animation and mini-musical
  that wants to be a romantic comedy. Using various cut-out and pixelation
  stop-motion animation techniques, the piece follows a pair of newlyweds
  as they learn the perils of homeownership and life in general. NOOK AND
  CRANNY by Francien van Everdingen 2007, 03:00, NETHERLANDS, 16MM The
  film is a moving painting of an interior in which the furniture behaves
  like chickens breaking out of their egg shell, or like the mouse that
  you see sneaking away in a corner of your eye. The table and the chair
  vibrate loosely, out of reality , and the whole room explodes from this
  abundance of details. Objects are radiant silhouettes, filled in with
  patterns of flowers and foliage. The viewer searches for a handhold in
  this thrilling puzzling orchestration of colour and space: something is
  about to happen.... LAMPANG BOUQUET by Tony Balko 2007, 03:00, USA, 16MM
  A semi-cubist representation of the available flora in Lampang, Thailand
  and their relationship to the sun. The film was made in-camera on a
  single piece of Kodachrome. INTERMITTENT DELIGHT by Akosua Adoma Owusu
  2007,05:00, USA/GHANA, MINIDV West African batik, archival, and found
  footage create culturally charged juxtapositions in Intermittent
  Delight, which touches upon the idea of feminism's uneven geographical
  and historical development, and the nuances of labor conditions women
  face depending on where they live. THE PRESENTATION THEME by Jim Trainor
  2008, 14:00, USA, 16MM The story of a Peruvian POW outmaneuvered by a
  hematophagous priestess. BLUE TIDE, BLACK WATER by Sam Hamilton and Eve
  Gordon 2008, 09:20, NEW ZEALAND, VIDEO Amid an ocean of wax one might
  chance upon a garden of flowering chemicals, where filmmakers Sam
  Hamilton and Eve Gordon circumnavigate microscopic reactions, creating
  an epic in miniature. Blue Tide, Black Water is an investigation into
  the world's minute reactions. One of the most basic of chemical
  interactions, heat applied to liquids, is transformed from a scientific
  investigation to a study of the intricate details of the natural world.
  The resulting microcosmic environment seems a lush, rich primordial

San Francisco, California: Artists Television Access
8PM, 992 Valencia Street @21st.

  The Muse of Cinema Series By Kerry Laitala Torchlight Tango-16mm, sound,
  20 minutues-2005 "Torchlight Tango" is a burlesque romp through the
  D.I.Y. direct cinematic terrain described by filmmaker/curator Scott
  Stark as an "auto-romantic dance of light and body." A film about making
  a film, "Torchlight Tango" compresses time and expands light refractions
  to teeter between frantic and frozen moments revealing the filmmaking
  process to be a solitary endeavor of intimate tactility. Using "red
  blind" film exposed with a flashlight, hand processed and sent raucously
  through an ancient hand crank projector, the hands of the maker are
  succinctly felt as the light sensitive medium is investigated. During
  the film exposure and hand processing the filmmaker shot herself using a
  Bolex and intervalometer to record the processes that go into making
  this kind of expressive personal cinema. The intimacy achieved was not
  hindered by a large crew of people and this film was made without any
  financial support from any institution. "Torchlight Tango" expands upon
  what kind of cinema is possible with limited means. "Torchlight Tango"
  was awarded the Best Bay Area Non- Documentary Film Award by the San
  Francisco International Film Festival- 2005 and the Jury Citation Award
  from Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Jersey City, NJ- 2006 Coming
  Attractions- 16mm reduction print from 35mm, silent, 4 minutes, 2009
  "Coming Attractions"…Will bring you through the whole Gamut of Human
  Emotions" A trailer for the photoplay of the last Century. Muse of
  Cinema- 35mm, 20 minutes Sound collaboration: Kerry Laitala & Robert
  Fox- 2006 "Muse of Cinema" is a rowdy frolic through early moving
  picture technology and illuminates the atmosphere of the darkened
  theater. Magic lantern slides spring to life as they directly address
  the audience, highlighting many problems endemic of this time and
  communicating technical difficulties in the projection booth. In the
  Muse of Cinema, the photochemical properties of the filmic medium have
  been cultivated over five years using a flashlight, not a camera, to
  expose the film. A solar eclipse gleams out from the screen, shimmering
  and crackling with rhythmical reverberations. The process of this detail
  in the Muse was demonstrated in a previous film Torchlight Tango, which
  is in effect is a film that documents many parts of the production of
  the Muse of Cinema. The magic lantern is the grandfather of motion
  pictures; the slides in Muse provide a cinematic reflection of this
  history. All slide images were shot on a slide duplicator using the
  apparatus in a way that diverges from its original function. The
  original hand processed film material was then mastered on a 35mm
  optical printer at a film co-op in Vancouver called Cineworks. The
  soundtrack was made through a collaboration with Robert Fox and we
  worked diligently to create various sound/image relationships that
  combine in a lyrical fashion from various sources that move
  anachronistically through time. The Muse of Cinema was also hand
  processed and toned to provide a meditation on this medium of alchemy
  and magic. Winner of Golden Gate Award- Best Bay Area Non-Documentary
  Short Film Award for "Muse of Cinema"- San Francisco International Film
  Festival-2007 The Muse of Cinema was sponsored by the Princess Grace
  Foundation's Special Project Grant -2004 and the Museum of Contemporary
  Cinema Grant-2005 "Retrospectroscope"- 16mm, 5 minutes, silent, 1997 The
  "Retrospectroscope" apparatus has gone through many incarnations; its
  presence belies the processes that have created it. As a pre-cinematic
  device, it traces an evolutionary trajectory, encircling the viewer in a
  procession of flickering fantasies of fragmented lyricism. The
  "Retrospectroscope" is a reinvention that simulates the illusion of the
  analysis of motion to recall early mysteries of the quest for this very
  discovery now taken for granted. The Muses of Cinema represented by the
  female figures on the disk, have emerged from a dark Neoclassical past.
  Streams of images revolve around, in an attempt to harness notions of a
  cinematic prehistory tracing past motions and gestures to burn their
  dance on the surface of the retinas. This film known as the
  "Retrospectroscope", and was described in the San Francisco Bay Guardian
  as "A spinning flashing UFO/roulette wheel of Athenian proportions."
  Spectrology- 16mm, 11 minutes, sound, 2009- San Francisco Premiere!!!!!
  In 1646, Kircher published Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae, on the subject of
  the display of images on a screen using an early prototype to the magic
  lantern as later developed by Christian Huygens. Using this apparatus as
  a tool to enchant, spellbind and spook, Paul de Philipsthal, Robertson
  and other conjurors dazzled spectators with their unique bag of 18th
  Century tricks, raising up the spirits of recently deceased and
  reminding the viewer of the "fate that awaits us all". "Spectrology"
  calls upon conjurors of the past and their secret repertoire of magical
  devices to simulate a modern rendition of the phantasmagoria. The medium
  of cinema is harnessed to entice the viewer and ruminate on the
  mesmerizing presence of various illusions made anew. Phantogram- 16mm,
  silent, 9 minutes, 2008- San Francisco Premiere!!!! A telegram from the
  dead using the medium of film. Slippery shimmers slide across the
  celluloid strip, to embed themselves on the consciousness of the
  viewers. "Little Bassy Velvet"- An Expanded Cinema, Projector
  Performance Piece - 16mm film loops, 35mm slides and the sleight of
  hand…9 minutes-2008 "A whimsical, expanded cinema piece that exists
  somewhere between a light spill and a conjuring act, "Little Bassy
  Velvet" teases the retinas and immerses them in a sea of squirmy,
  silvery halides…." "Retrospectroscope", "Muse of Cinema" & "Spectrology"
  were sponsored by the Princess Grace Foundation Total Running Time: 1
  hour 18 minutes


Chicago, Illinois: Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Space
8pm, 1034 N Milwaukee Ave

  Refracted Lens presents... FIGURES OF SPEECH Saturday, March 21, 2009 at
  8pm FREE Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Space 1034 N Milwaukee Ave,
  Chicago A casual conversation between
  unexpected lovers...the rituals of sign language against a backdrop of
  loss...emails lost to the black hole of spam...a tangle of foreign
  tongues and cultural traditions...creepy tales and ghost stories...a
  scenario described but never witnessed...all embedded within miles of
  celluloid and countless gigabytes... The powerful nuances of language
  are often overshadowed by cinematic dazzle. But what happens when the
  moving image is abstracted altogether, leaving behind only a trace of
  text, a mark of memory? Or when narration assumes an intensely primary
  role? And in cases where thoughts resist articulation, can film function
  as a subversive tactic—in other words, as an expression of the
  inexpressible? Through the recent films of eight young women artists
  working in the U.S. and Europe, "Figures of Speech" deals explicitly
  with language and speech acts—including voiceover, epistolary gestures,
  sign language, subtitling, conversation, and storytelling—to frame new
  ideas of memory, sexuality, history, and technology. This program
  explores the collision of the screen with words—written, spoken, hinted
  at, gestured, and omitted—to unlock a spectrum of fervent and subversive
  meanings. Featuring... Eve Heller (US/Vienna), "Ruby Skin" (16mm, 4.5
  mins, 2005); Caroline Key (Los Angeles), "Speech Memory" (16mm, 23 mins,
  2007); Mary Helena Clark (Baltimore), "And the Sun Flowers" (16mm, 5
  mins, 2008)*; Adebukola Bodunrin (Chicago - in attendance!), "It's Hard
  to Wreck a Nice Beach - It's Hard to Recognize Speech" (animation/video,
  15.5 mins, 2007); Dora Garcia (Spain/Belgium), "FILM (Hotel Wôlfers)"
  (35mm, 11 mins, 2007)*; Sarah Christman (NYC), "Dear Bill Gates" (16mm +
  video, 17min, 2006)*; Nanna Debois Buhl (Denmark/NYC), "A New Space
  Within a Space" (8mm, 8 mins, 2006)* * Chicago premiere TRT: 84 mins

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
3:00pm, 7:00pm, 32 Second Avenue

  2008, 177 minutes, video. NEW YORK THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN! Michel Auder
  & Andrew Neel THE FEATURE Very special thanks to Michel Auder, Andrew
  Neel and Ethan Palmer (SeeThink Productions). Michel Auder's epic new
  film is a summation of his half-century-long career as a video artist
  and diarist. In 15-hour diaries, 2-hour neo-narratives, and 1-minute
  haikus, Auder has created a body of work that is wholly unique in the
  history of the moving image. With the archive of footage Auder has
  amassed over the decades providing much of the source material,
  alongside new scenes shot by co-director Andrew Neel (the grandson of
  painter Alice Neel), THE FEATURE represents a self-conscious and
  quasi-fictional variation on the story of Auder's life.

San Francisco, California: Other Cinema
8:30, 992 Valencia St.

  Author of several books, most recently Nowtopia, Mission visionary Chris
  Carlsson returns from the World Social Forum in Brazil for a report-back
  on not only that momentous event, but also the auspicious transition of
  his ongoing Shaping San Francisco to the newly named and Wiki-enabled
  FoundSF. Chris is a fount of radical historical knowledge and
  enlightened proposals for the future of our fair City. His themes on the
  need for local autonomy resonate in the Bay Area premiere of Lee Anne
  Schmitt's California Company Town. This 16mm essay film casts a probing,
  clear-eyed gaze at the landscape of California towns abandoned by the
  industries that created them—one-time boom-towns now haunted by the
  twilight of the American promise. PLUS Emperor Norton and other glimpses
  of the City's history.

Seattle, Washington: Northwest Film Forum
8pm, 1515 12th Ave (at Pike)

  MARCH 21–22, SATURDAY–SUNDAY AT 8PM Director in attendance The Toe
  Tactic (Emily Hubley, USA, 2008, Beta-SP, 84 min) Animator Emily
  Hubley's first feature length film is an offbeat hybrid that plays on
  the themes of time, memory, loss and yearning. Blending fantasy and
  reality, animation and live action, The Toe Tactic tells the story of
  Mona Peek (Lily Rabe), a young woman grieving her father's death and
  searching for her lost wallet in a world populated by lonely neighbors,
  animated objects and a songwriting elevator man. The film includes
  colorful, card-playing cartoon canines (voiced by the likes of Eli
  Wallach, Marian Seldes and Andrea Martin) who comment on—and meddle
  in—Mona's life. Cameos include Jane Lynch, Mary Kay Place and John
  Sayles. Edited by Emily's brother Ray Hubley, with music by sister
  Georgia's indie rock band Yo La Tengo, The Toe Tactic is a true
  extension of the legacy of their parents, independent animation icons
  Faith and John Hubley. The director will be in attendance for these
  special screenings, and the feature will be preceded by two of her short
  films The Pigeon Within and Set Set Spike.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2009

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

  Los Angeles Filmforum presents A World Rattled of Habit: Films by Ben
  Rivers. The first LA appearance of British experimental filmmaker Ben
  Rivers with the LA premieres of House (2005/7), This Is My Land (2006),
  The Coming Race (2006), Astika (2006), Ah, Liberty! (2008), A World
  Rattled Of Habit (2008) and more! His rich and quiet examinations of
  place and unique characters resonate with unseen personal histories and
  unexpected pleasures. General admission $10, 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.

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
7:30pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street

  Curated and presented by Mike Plante. The rules are simple and
  straightforward. In exchange for an afternoon meal, participating
  filmmakers make a short film with an identical budget to the total cost
  of the lunch. A contract is drafted on the back of a napkin with only a
  handful of stipulations drawn from the lunchtime conversation, such as
  "Film must: use miniatures," "have a bunny in it" or "span continents."
  Now, fifty shorts later, Lunchfilm originator (and Cinevegas programmer)
  Mike Plante brings the latest batch to our neighborhood. With films from
  Tom Barndt, Martha Colburn, David Fenster and David Nordstrom, Jim Finn,
  Mike Gibisser, Brent Green, Sam Green, Braden King, George Kuchar, Lee
  Lynch and Naomi Uman, Nicholas McCarthy, Sarah Soquel Morhaim, Ricardo
  Rivera, Kelly Sears, Jennifer Shainin and Randy Walker, the resulting
  works are as varied and engaging as this multifarious collection of
  contributors would suggest.

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