Part 2 of 2: This week [October 3 - 11, 2009] in avant garde cinema

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Part 2 of 2: This week [October 3 - 11, 2009] in avant garde cinema


Berlin, Germany: nEgoist
20:00, Linienstraße 154

  The gallery opening event will be connected with the New Nude
  Photography album premiere and exhibition. The exhibition will feature
  works created by members of our community and published in
  the New Nude Photography album. The event will be accompanied by music
  form "Exquisite Mussels" CD album by Aline Tissot. More Info:

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
3:30pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  by Ulrike Ottinger 1984, 150 minutes, 35mm. In German with English
  subtitles. With Verushka von Lehndorff, Delphine Seyrig, Tabea
  Blumenschein, Irm Hermann, and Magdalena Montezuma. Dorian Gray, young,
  rich, handsome, and above all narcissistic, wiles away his days
  attending lectures, art exhibits, and charity dinners. His life is lived
  out of the public eye until the cynical head of a media conglomerate
  decides to turn him into a celebrity in an unscrupulous ploy to boost
  newspaper sales. Dorian soon forgets his noble pursuits as he becomes
  front-page news around the world. But can Dorian handle the power of
  celebrity or will it destroy him?

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
6:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  by Ulrike Ottinger 1979, 108 minutes, 35mm. In German with English
  subtitles. With Tabea Blumenschein, Magdalena Montezuma, Nina Hagen, and
  Eddie Constantine. A portrait of two unusual but also extremely
  different women. One rich, eccentric, hiding her feelings behind a rigid
  mask, consciously drinks herself to death. The other is a known drinker
  in town. In the course of the story they try to get to know each other,
  but they cannot come together. The background is Berlin, thrown open to
  a grotesque kind of sightseeing (drinkers' geography) and complemented
  by authentic contributions from people who live there or are visiting –
  rock singers, writers, artists, taxi drivers.

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
9:00pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  by Ulrike Ottinger 1981, 126 minutes, 35mm. In German with English
  subtitles. With Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, and Eddie
  Constantine. "Virginia Woolf meets the German camp underground in this
  extravaganza of performance art and oddity by Ottinger. Actually, the
  political focus is closer to that of Tod Browning's FREAKS than to
  Woolf's ORLANDO, though Ottinger has taken from Woolf the notion of 'an
  ideal protagonist [who] represents all the social possibilities – man
  and woman – which we normally do not have.' The five episodes situate
  the hero/heroine in the Freak City department store (along with her
  seven dwarf shoemakers), in the Middle Ages, toward the end of the
  Spanish Inquisition, in a circus (where he falls in love with Delphine
  Seyrig, one of a pair of Siamese twins), and on a grand European tour
  with four bunnies (during which she appears at an annual festival of
  ugliness)." –Jonathan Rosenbaum, CHICAGO READER

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

  MC Cyrus Tabar welcomes three live A/V acts, forging a new fusion
  between real-time audio and visual performance. Boyce's new
  Messiaen-based work is framed within a heuristic review of media-art
  touchstones—Breer, Kren, Kubelka, Frampton, Sharits—who resonate with
  his own approach to serial, systemic composition. ALSO: Channeling
  natural landscapes and the Northern Californian psychedelic imagination,
  filmmaker/audio artist John Davis and koto musician Maxwell August Croy
  perform a collaborative sound piece to hand-processed and solarized
  Super-8 film. PLUS: Erik Wilson, aka Softserve, invokes a delirious
  space in which live-generated abstractions rhyme with energized audio
  gestures. $7.77.

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
12:30 pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts -- 701 Mission Street (at 3rd)

  Robert Beavers in-person -- [members: $6 / non-members: $10] -- "My Hand
  Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure: The Films of
  Robert Beavers" series Program III ---- "In "Palinode" a disk-shapped
  matte continually shifting in and out of focus alternately blocks part
  of the image or contains it. Its respiratory rhythm matches musical
  fragments of Wladimir Vogel's Wagadu, as the camera studies a
  middle-aged male singer in Zurich, singing, eating, window shopping,
  meeting a young girl." (P. Adams Sitney); "There is a balance in
  "Diminished Frame" between a sense of the past seen in the views of West
  Berlin, filmed in black-and-white, and a sense of the present in which I
  filmed myself showing how the color is being created by placing filters
  in the camera's aperture." (Robert Beavers); "The Painting" uses masking
  and rack focus techniques to disclose portions of The Martyrdom of Saint
  Hippolytus, a fifteenth-century altarpiece. "Beavers gives a… rarefied
  psychodramatic jolt, juxtaposing shots of Gregory Markopoulos, bisected
  by shafts of light, with a torn photo of himself and the recurring image
  of a shattered windowpane." (J. Hoberman); ""Winged Dialogue" details
  with growing clarity the desperate beauty and sexuality of the body
  animated by its soul." (Tom Chomont); "In "Plan of Brussels", Beavers
  filmed himself in a hotel room… while in rapid rhythmic cutting, and
  sometimes in superimposition, the phantasmagoria of people he met in
  Brussels and images from the streets flood his mind." (P. Adams Sitney);
  "The first half of "Still Light" explores delicate nuances of lighting,
  color and depth as Beavers shoots the face of a young man in various
  locales on the Greek island of Hydra… The second half was shot in the
  London flat of Nigel Gosling. The two halves bring to mind any number of
  structuralist binarisms: youth and age, creation and criticism, action
  and reflection, living landscape and mummified text." (Ed Halter); In
  "Wingseed", Beavers draws comparisons between the pastoral beauty of a
  Greek hillside and that of the male form. ---- This long-awaited
  presentation of Robert Beavers' film cycle is presented with the
  generous support of the San Francisco Foundation, the National Endowment
  for the Arts and the Consulate General of Switzerland. For more
  information visit

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
3:30 pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts -- 701 Mission Street (at 3rd)

  Robert Beavers in-person -- [members: $6 / non-members: $10] -- "My Hand
  Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure: The Films of
  Robert Beavers" series Program IV ---- "Ruskin" foregrounds Beavers'
  love of literature, architecture and landscape -- the filmmaker's hand
  rests on a volume of John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice and much of the
  film is shot in the environs of Venice, London and the Swiss Alps.
  Elegant cinematography and innovative sound construction -- Beavers'
  films are as beautiful to listen to as they are to see -- build the
  foundation of this ode to an earlier era. "The Ground" uses seemingly
  simple components -- the sun-baked landscape of a Greek island, the blue
  waters of the Aegean Sea and images of a man chiseling stone -- to
  conjure the fundamental experience of holding something close to one's
  heart. A repeated close up of a man pounding his bare chest, then
  gesturing with hand outstretched, lends dramatic tension to the film's
  expression of devotional love. ---- This long-awaited presentation of
  Robert Beavers' film cycle is presented with the generous support of the
  San Francisco Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the
  Consulate General of Switzerland. For more information visit

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
8pm, Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Avenue (down the alley)

  The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) presents
  Strategies of the Medium III: In The Dark featuring a live film
  performance of "the wooden lightbox: a secret art of seeing" by
  Vancouver's Alex MacKenzie on Saturday October 10th, 2009 at 8pm,
  CineCycle, 129 Spadina Avenue (down the lane). Admission is $5.00 for
  LIFT members & $8.00 for non-members. Contact LIFT at 416-588-6444 or
  visit for more information. In this performative
  screening, LIFT continues with its medium-specific programming series to
  explore work produced through chemical manipulation in the lab. Alex
  MacKenzie's "the wooden lightbox: a secret art of seeing" is a vivid
  example of the possibilities of self-sufficient filmmaking. "the wooden
  lightbox: a secret art of seeing" is an exploration and reconfiguration
  of cinematic apparatus and emulsion. Using the early development of
  cinema as a marker for cultural, technological and economic change,
  these film cycles draw from turn of the century cinematic prototypes and
  long forgotten ideas surrounding the moving image and its early promise.
  At the core of this approach is the use of a homebuilt hand-cranked
  projector in an expanded cinema format to present a striking array of
  handmade and processed emulsion. The vast potential of the film frame is
  drawn out through imagery both archaic and contemporary in shape and
  form. Hypnosis, panorama, motion studies, expectation, magic, the dream
  world and slight of eye conspire in this intimate and immersive
  framework. Alex MacKenzie has been working as a media artist for over 15
  years with a focus on various models of expanded cinema and light
  projection involving the handmade image. He was the founder and curator
  of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!!
  Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. His live media works
  are presented at festivals and underground screening spaces throughout
  Europe and North America -- most recently at the Rotterdam International
  Film Festival, Lightcone in Paris, the WNDX festival in Winnipeg and the
  Halifax Independent Film Festival. He is currently a guest teacher at
  LIFT ( The "Strategies
  of the Medium" series is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
  Since 1981 LIFT has been Canada's foremost artist-run-centre for
  independent filmmakers.


Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
7:30 pm, Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles CA 90026

  Los Angeles Filmforum presents The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour –
  Program 1 The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the original and longest
  running independent film festival in the United States, recognized as a
  premiere showcase for risk-taking, pioneering and art driven cinema.
  This exciting show mixes new experimental, animation, and documentary
  work – a great way to catch up on what is happening in film & video art!
  Tonight includes Dahlia (Michael Langan, 5 min); Studies in
  Transfalumination (Peter Rose, 5 min.); Passages (Marie-Josee
  Saint-Pierre, 24.5 min.); Reincarnation (Takeshi Kushida, 5 min.); Six
  Apartments (Reynold Reynolds, 12.5 min.); Video Terraform Dance Party
  (Jeremy Bailey, 12 min.); A City to Yourself (Nicole Macdonald, 24 min.)
  Note change in location! 213-484-8846. General admission $10,
  students/seniors $6, free for Filmforum members.

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
4:15 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  by Ulrike Ottinger 1988, 147 minutes, 16mm. In German with English
  subtitles. With Tabea Blumenschein and Yvonne Rainer. Madame X, a harsh,
  pitiless beauty, the cruel uncrowned ruler of the China Sea, launches an
  appeal to all women willing to exchange their comfortable and secure but
  unbearably dull lives for a world of dangers and uncertainties, free
  from rules and patriarchal tyranny. A variety of women respond to her
  call, but they soon find themselves swapping one kind of servitude for
  another, as Madame X demands complete devotion from her shipmates, even
  the ones she is enamored with. MADAME X subverts traditional modes of
  narrative cinema to create a challenging and allegorical tale of female

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
7:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  by Ulrike Ottinger 1989, 165 minutes, 35mm. In German with English
  subtitles. With Delphine Seyrig and Irm Hermann. "[Delphine Seyrig is] a
  cultivated lady anthropologist traveling on the Trans-Siberian railroad,
  where her companions include a renowned Yiddish tenor (Micky Katz), a
  German schoolteacher (Fassbinder regular Irm Hermann), a campy all-girl
  klezmer trio, and a young girl in search of adventure. When, mid-steppe,
  the train is halted by Mongolian tribeswomen on ponies who kidnap the
  female passengers, the journey assumes a new dimension. Visually
  splendid and emotionally resonant, with knock-out musical numbers, this
  is both a lesbian epic and a love story between a filmmaker and her
  medium." –Leslie Camhi, VILLAGE VOICE

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
5:00 pm, California College of the Arts -- 1111 Eighth Street (between Hooper and Irwin)

  P. Adams Sitney in-person -- [members: $5 / non-members: $10/ CCA
  students & faculty: free] ----- Writing and lecturing on film since the
  early 1960s (and presently Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center
  for the Arts at Princeton University), P. Adams Sitney stands as one of
  avant-garde cinema's most passionate and eloquent theorists and critics.
  His "Visionary Film", published in 1974, drew deeply from fields of
  poetry and literature in discussing the works of Anger, Brakhage, Deren,
  Markopoulos and others. The tome remains a classic of critical insight
  on the field. His latest work, "Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers
  and the Heritage of Emerson", examines the continued thread of
  Emersonian poetics in the American avant-garde canon and incorporates
  in-depth discussions of the works of many post–Visionary Film artists,
  including Abigail Child, Su Friedrich, Andrew Noren and Warren Sonbert.
  Appearing in-person at Cinematheque for the first time in over a decade,
  Sitney will discuss his latest book, accompanied by screenings of Stan
  Brakhage's "Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde" and Warren Sonbert's
  "Rude Awakening."

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

  Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society: Dream Films 1926-1972 The members
  of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society were filled with the
  desire to participate in one of the great intellectual movements of the
  20th century: psychiatry. Additionally, like the Amateur Cine League
  (founded the same year), many members wished to tap into the power for
  self expression afforded by technologies like home movie cameras that
  were newly accessible to ordinary people. This screening presents a
  range of their amateur films, which reveal an incredibly brave,
  unapologetic exploration of their inner lives. Starting in 1926, the
  Society held annual competitions in which members recreated their dreams
  on film and analyzed them. Inspired by Freud's proposition in "The
  Interpretation of Dreams" that in dreams, ideas and wishes are
  dramatized as "mental pictures," they decided to put theory into
  practice, creating films that recorded the hopes, fears and fantasies of
  a changing cross section of Coney Island through the 20th century.
  Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Freud's visit to Coney Island, the
  program will be in three parts including a short, illustrated lecture
  introducing the work of the Society, a screening of Coney Island (1917)
  by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and nine award winning "Dream Films."

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