MadCat screening SEPT 16 in SF

From: Ariella Ben-Dov (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Sep 02 2009 - 06:08:21 PDT

Join MadCat for a one-night only event at SF's El Rio, as it is transformed
into an open-air movie palace under the stars. Watch the best in women¹s
avant-garde cinema with live music by bands Tartufi and Silian Rail as your
musical guides. World premieres of Kerry Laitala's SPECTROLOGY and Samara
Halperin's ASTROLAND as well as the anamorphic wonder of COBRA MIST by
Emily Richardson and the 3D spectacle, WOODWARD'S GARDEN by Katherin
The 13th Annual MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival
Kicks off September 16 at El Rio with World Premieres, Live Musical
Accompaniment, and Directors in Person
Screening the best films by women directors from around the world
When: September 16, 2009, Doors open at 6:30pm and films start at 8:30 pm
Rain or Shine. Tickets at the door CASH only $8­$20 Sliding scale
Where: El Rio, 3158 Mission Street at Precita Street in San Francisco
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On September 16th at El Rio, MadCat presents a special sneak-peak of some of
the films that will screen as part of the 13th Annual MadCat Women¹s
International Touring Festival. In the past, the MadCat Tour extended the
life of the films featured at the San Francisco event. This year, the
Touring Festival takes a larger complement of films on the road, sharing
more MadCat films around the country. Still deep in the selection process
culling through hundreds of superb submissions, we couldn¹t wait to share
some choice cinematic treats. After the San Francisco kick-off, MadCat takes
the entire Festival lineup around the country to universities, art houses,
museums, and microcinemas.
The exciting program at El Rio includes a 3D look at a slice of San
Francisco history complete with an original score written by Stormy Knight,
world premieres by Kerry Laitala and Samara Halperin, a widescreen 16mm
film, an ode to Coney Island¹s Astroland, and live musical accompaniment
provided by local bands Silian Rail and Tartufi ‹ all under the cover of the
night sky.
Sneak-peak El Rio screening of the 13th Annual MadCat Women¹s International
Film Festival
Doors open 6:30 pm and movies start 8:30 pm Rain or Shine
Tickets at the door in CASH only $8­$20 Sliding Scale
3158 Mission Street at Precita (must be 21 or older)
Live music by Tartufi and Silian Rail
MadCat line-up
Astroland Samara Halperin
2009 € 3:10 min € Color € Mini-DV € Filmmaker in Person € World Premiere
Take a ride through pre-demolition Astroland in this free-wheeling
celebration of the fabled Coney Island amusement park. Shot on glorious 16mm
color film. Original score written by Stormy Knight.

The Horses, They Came Harriette Yahr
1990 € 4 min € Color € 16mm € Bay Area Premiere
A film about the destructive nature of obsession.
Seattle Solstice Caryn Cline
2008 € 2:40 min € Color € 16mm € West Coast Premiere
Hydrangea, Geranium, Nandina, Camillia, Snapdragon, Cyclemen, Violet,
Linden. Birch BarkŠ. Mapping a Seattle landscape in deep winter with its
surprising array of flora, this film is a series of optically printed,
handmade frames that unfolds into a gorgeous swath of color and movement.
1 to 8 Amy Schwartz
2008 € 5 min € 16mm € Color € West Coast Premiere
A rhythmic play on light and color, this film consists of Super-8 frames,
each 30-seconds in length, reworked in the optical printer
Lively Lovely (and the rest) Eve Gordon
2007 € 2:52 min € B/W € U.S. Premiere
A modern take on the musical cinema of the 1930s, Lovely follows a
disembodied pair of legs as it dances a Busby Berkley-esque routine,
simultaneously objectifying the female form while celebrating its grace.
Woodward¹s Garden Katherin McGinnis
2008 € 10 min € Color 3D € Mini-DV € World Premiere with Live Original Score
Combining old and new 3D images, Woodward¹s Garden explores the site of ³the
Central Park of the West,² a 19th century amusement park in San Francisco¹s
Mission district, which now houses a drug rehab facility, an Internet porn
studio, and upscale restaurants. Historic stereographs by Carleton Watkins
and Edward Muybridge evoke the era when this park thrived. Glasses provided
by MadCat.
Spectrology Kerry Laitala
2009 € 11 min € Color € 16mm € Filmmaker in Person € World Premiere
In 1646, Athanasius Kircher¹s Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae described for the
first time how images could be projected onto a screen by means of a magic
lantern. Using this apparatus, 18th century showmen like Paul de Philipsthal
and Etienne Gaspard Robertson conjured up the spirits of the recently
deceased to spellbind and spook their unwitting audiences. Calling upon the
secret repertoire of these early conjurors, Spectrology simulates the
creation of the bygone phantasmagoria, recasting them in a modern-day
Motion Studies Fernanda D¹Agostino
2009 € 12 min € Color € Mini-DV € S.F. Premiere
Using an eye-popping color palette, D¹Agnostino digitally transforms the
original footage of migrating wild birds and the motion studies taken by Dr.
Bret Tobalske¹s flight lab at the University of Portland. At times, an
undulating abstract painting, other times, the birds in flight and the wake
of their movement becomes more apparent. Either way, it¹s mesmerizing.
Cobra Mist Emily Richardson
2009 € 9 min € Color € Anamorphic 16mm € U.S. Premiere
Orford Ness sits on the Suffolk Coast of Great Britain, looking out at
Europe across the North Sea. Formerly a military base, this spit of land was
the site of Cold War radar experiments. Dotted by the extraordinary
architecture of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, the place has a
sinister atmosphere, accentuated by its moody soundtrack that layers ominous
industrial din with the sounds of nature.

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Screening the best films by women directors from around the world

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