Los Angeles: Savage Republic and Sistiaga, Sunday at Filmforum!

From: Adam Hyman (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 26 2009 - 09:00:19 PDT

Sunday September 27, 2009, 7:00 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum, Cinefamily, Part Time Punks, and the San Francisco
Cinematheque present
ere erera baleibu icik subua aruaren (1968-70) dir. Jose Antonio Sistiaga
with a new score composed and performed by Savage Republic

Cinefamily and Los Angeles Filmforum at Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036.

Note change in time & location!

Admission $14; $10 for Filmforum & Cinefamily members. General admission
Advance tickets available at:

Basque abstract artist José Antonio Sistiaga painted directly onto film with
homemade inks to create this silent 1970 feature. But Sistiaga's strangely
titled work- is different from the films of Stan Brakhage, who didn't come
to film from painting and had his own rhythm. "It's combination of color and
35-millimeter 'scope (with about half an hour in black and white) yields the
kind of spectacle one associates with musicals and [science fiction] epics."
-- Jonathan Rosenbaum

A hand-painted masterpiece of the 1970s; a legendary band of the 1980s.
Sistiaga's rarely-screened ere erera baleibu icik subua aruaren (1970, 75
min., 35mm) is a work of uncompromising beauty that entirely deserves a
wider appreciation. Savage Republic, one of the unrecognized godfathers of
post-rock, formed roughly three decades ago in the midst of the Los Angeles
punk rock scene and abruptly disbanded in 1989. In recent years, they've
reformed and their unique sound (akin to a Middle Eastern surf band backed
by the rhythm section from Joy Division) is as compelling and inexorable as
ever. Savage Republic -- original members Ethan Port and Thom Fuhrmann
joined by Alan Waddington and Kerry Dowling -- performs a newly commissioned
score to Sistiaga's prodigious work, presented in a stunning 35mm print from
Paris. (Jonathan Marlow)
More on Savage Republic: http://www.mobilization.com/artists/savage.html

Preceded by the short film (with its own soundtrack):
(1989, 7:00, 35 mm, color, sound)
A hand-painted wide-screen marvel.

"It is the language of cinema which, articulated by the painter, makes us
discover a spatial dimension (macro/microscopic) by framing, from its unique
point of focus, the essence of time, the essential movement. A fascinating
theme. A film." Santos Amestoy
"The colors don't appear randomly but elaborate a logic of dynamics,
continual movement of energy-matter." Claira Janes
"With him, painting finds its movement. Its frames move. They are cinema.
God, or a creator at his level , seems to exist in this work which is
edified with time." Mariano Sanchez

Organized by the San Francisco Cinematheque. http://www.sfcinematheque.org/
Prints from Light Cone, France.
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Coming soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:

Oct. 4 - Bodies, Objects, Films: An Yvonne Rainer Retrospective (part 1 of
8) Yvonne Rainer in person! At the Egyptian Theater

Oct 11 – Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring program 1, at the Echo Park Film

Oct 17 – Azazel Jacobs & Ken Jacobs in person with The GoodTimesKid and The
Whirled at the Egyptian Theater

Oct 18 – Ken Jacobs in person with Anaglyph Tom at the Egyptian Theater

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of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

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