Part 1 of 2: This week [November 14 - 22, 2009] in avant garde cinema

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Part 1 of 2: This week [November 14 - 22, 2009] in avant garde cinema

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Bicycle Film Festival (New York, NY, United States; Deadline: February 17, 2010)
The Lab (San Francisco, CA 94103; Deadline: March 31, 2010)
Toronto Student Film Festival (Toronto, Canada; Deadline: March 22, 2010)
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One Minute Challenge (London; Deadline: November 30, 2009)
Go Short (Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Deadline: December 01, 2009)
Strange Beauty Film Festival (Durham, North Carolina USA; Deadline: November 15, 2009)
12th Wisconsin Film Festival (Madison, WI, USA; Deadline: December 01, 2009)
29th Black Maria Film + Video Festival (Jersey City, NJ, USA; Deadline: November 27, 2009)
International film competition - "Intervideo Talent Award" (Mainz, Germany; Deadline: November 30, 2009)
Beaufort International Film Festival (Beaufort, SC. USA; Deadline: November 15, 2009)
Tregor Film Fest (Lannion, Tregor, France; Deadline: November 20, 2009)
Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, NM, USA; Deadline: December 10, 2009)
The LAB (San Francisco, CA, USA; Deadline: November 21, 2009)
Free to Be..US! (Orono, ME, USA; Deadline: November 23, 2009)
$100 Film Festival (Calgary, AB CANADA; Deadline: December 01, 2009)

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 * The Time We Killed [November 14, Houston, Texas]
 * Los Angeles As A Character [November 14, Los Angeles, California]
 * Immokalee, My Home [November 14, New York, New York]
 * Perestroika: Reconstruction of A Flat [November 14, New York, New York]
 * How I Am and Speech Memory [November 14, New York, New York]
 * Babaji, An Indian Love Story [November 14, New York, New York]
 * The Living [November 14, New York, New York]
 * Wondrous World of Laundry [November 14, New York, New York]
 * Mediamodes [November 14, New York, New York]
 * Ventana Al Sur: An Evening of Argentine Experimental Films [November 14, New York, New York]
 * J. Kroot's 'it Came From Kuchar,' With George & Mike! + [November 14, San Francisco, California]
 * Los Angeles Filmforum Presents D.W. Griffith In California, With Talk By
    Tom Gunning [November 15, Los Angeles, California]
 * Dj Spooky and the Science of Terra Nova [November 15, New York, New York]
 * Blind Loves [November 15, New York, New York]
 * Performa: Futurist Life Redux [November 16, New York]
 * Early Monthly Segments #9 = Robert Todd In Person [November 16, Toronto, Ontario, Canada]
 * Jesters and Gestures: Performing Yiddish Culture From Silent Cinema To
    Avant-Garde Film [November 17, Berkeley, California]
 * By the Waters of Boston [November 17, Jamaica Plain, MA]
 * Orphee [November 17, Reading, Pennsylvania]
 * The Hydroacoustic Show [November 18, Chicago, Illinois]
 * Orange Alternative: Screening & Discussion Nov 18 & 19 [November 18, New York, New York]
 * Free Form Film Series Lay Down Tracks [November 18, San Francisco, California]
 * Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival [November 18, Smithfield, NC, USA]
 * Look For Me: Animated Films By Laura Heit [November 19, Chicago, Illinois]
 * Open Screening: the West We Won [November 19, San Francisco, California]
 * Deborah Stratman: O’Er the Land [November 19, San Francisco, California]
 * Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival [November 19, Smithfield, NC, USA]
 * Hollis Frampton's Hapax Legomena [November 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
 * Exhibicion Luminosa [November 20, San Francisco, California]
 * “One Day When I Was Growing Up In the ‘60s…”: A Lecture By Yvonne Rainer [November 20, San Francisco, California]
 * Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival [November 20, Smithfield, NC, USA]
 * The Search: New videos By Kyle Canterbury [November 21, Chicago, Illinois]
 * Stan Brakhage Program [November 21, New York]
 * Hollis Frampton's Hapax Legomena Pt. 2 [November 21, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
 * Carousel Microcinema #1: Tree Claps Hand: Gentle Films For Tough Times [November 21, San Diego, California]
 * Other Cinema: Alcatraz Anniversary [November 21, San Francisco, California]
 * Yvonne Rainer: Journeys From Berlin/1971 [November 21, San Francisco, California]
 * Tropical Vulture: Ybcalive! George Kuchar & Miguel Calderon [November 21, San Francisco, California]
 * Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival [November 21, Smithfield, NC, USA]
 * Los Angeles Filmforum Presents the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour – Program
    2 [November 22, Los Angeles, California]
 * Text of Light [November 22, New York]
 * Clair/Picabia/Bunuel Program [November 22, New York]
 * Los Olvidados [November 22, New York]
 * Yvonne Rainer: Privilege [November 22, San Francisco, California]

Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE.


Houston, Texas: Cinema Arts Festival
1pm, Rice Media Center

  The Time We Killed is the first feature by avant-garde filmmaker
  Jennifer Reeves, who had been generally known for her formal
  experimentation with optical printing and painting directly on film (as
  in the extraordinary When It Was Blue, screening Friday) and her
  exploration of a range of topics including women's sexuality, mental
  health and recovery, poetry, and dogs. The Time We Killed is a
  surprising departure, a remarkably assured narrative feature. The film's
  title has a double meaning, signifying both the boredom and isolation of
  the protagonist and her country's run-up to the Iraq war. It has the raw
  intimacy of a filmed diary as it focuses on the daily life of Robyn, an
  agoraphobic writer who shuts herself in her Brooklyn apartment after the
  events of September 11, 2001. It is a visually stunning and evocative
  meditation on Robyn's inner world filled with memories, past loves,
  childhood visions, and life failings. The imagery is beautiful,
  capturing the light reflecting on the East River and the nature
  surrounding Robyn, reflecting Reeves's avant-garde experience as a
  cinematic painter of light. The film won multiple awards at the Berlin
  Film Festival (2004), New York's Tribeca Film Festival (Best NY
  Narrative Feature 2004), and screened at the Whitney Museum, and at the
  Rotterdam, Sundance, and New York film festivals. —MDH

Los Angeles, California: Echo Park Film Center
8:00 PM, 1200 N. Alvarado Bl.

  The 2nd annual Los Angeles as a Character screening will be showcased on
  Saturday, November 14, 2009, at the Echo Park Film Center. A mixture of
  narrative, experimental and documentary short films and videos with the
  city of Los Angeles as a peripheral or central theme, backdrop or
  character will be shown. 10 films were chosen ranging from acclaimed
  urban journalist Mike Sonksen's (aka, "Mike the Poet") "I Am Alive In
  Los Angeles!!" (2008) - a vibrant look at the multi-faceted character of
  Los Angeles; "Dichotomy" (2009) - a short documentary by Laotian-born
  Van Veng reflecting the disparities between two distinct types of urban
  dwellers in downtown LA; Teenager Stephanie Cisneros' acclaimed "Echo
  Park: A Different View" (2005) captures a specific moment in time when
  gentrification began in Echo Park; film fest favorite "Homeless in
  Hollywood" (2009) by Hollis McLachlan follows an Australian emigrant who
  refuses to abandon his dream of acting despite having to live on the
  streets and curator Charles Doran screens his award-winning narrative
  "Ennui," described as "a horrific and comedic pastiche of the
  pretensions of the art school crowd, white guilt, and the 'posthuman
  condition." Other films include: "The New Los Angeles"(2009) – dir. Will
  O'Loughlen – a two minute field guide to making a better city, shot
  entirely on a Flip HD Camera. "Sunset to Sunset"(2009) – dir. Kent
  Hayward – a Super-8 mm time-lapse walk across LA starting at Sunset
  Junction in Silverlake, down Santa Monica Blvd. to the beach. "Los
  Angeles Through the Looking Glass"(2008) – dir. Jonathan Emrys – A photo
  essay, put into video format, attempting to characterize Los Angeles
  from the point of view of its relationship to the motion picture capitol
  of the world, Hollywood. "Naked Slave 4 Art Infomercial #2"(2009) -
  Johnny Naked. An infomercial soliciting the viewer to be part of the Los
  Angeles/Hollywood dream by inviting them to participate in the sale of a
  human being to be used as a personal art object/slave. "Misanthropia"
  (2009) - Jackie McBride. A timely story (told in depressingly grainy
  Super-8 b&w), about one man's downward spiral after being laid off and
  forced into a dispiriting temp job at the college he got his degree
  from. More information on the films and filmmakers can be found here: The Echo Park Film Center is located at: 1200 N.
  Alvarado Street, (@ Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90026 Tickets are
  $5.00 and are available on the evening of the show

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
4:30pm, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  Immokalee, Florida, is at the heart of industrial agriculture in the
  United States. It also has the largest population of migrant farm
  workers in the state. These workers live in slave-like conditions: some
  are beaten, not given food or water, or not paid. Yet they continue to
  come from their homes in Mexico, Guatemala, and Haiti to earn money on
  these modern-day plantations. Visiting tomato fields, workers' homes,
  carnivals, and churches, the documentary recounts the community's
  struggle for farm workers' rights. What ultimately emerges is a tale of
  persistent hope for a better life. Directors Kevin T. Allen and Jennifer
  Heuson in person. World Premiere. Film precedes The Unforbidden City --
  A beer peddler bikes through the narrow alleyways of Beijing's
  fourteenth-century neighborhood known as Source Street. As he rides,
  collecting empties and delivering full bottles, he introduces us to
  other area residents. The grumpy Dong Tongju works in central heating.
  Gao Li fantasizes about a life as a lady of leisure, with the time to
  have her nails done and find just the right sofa. Old Wang meticulously
  records in his diary the banalities of each day, including the high
  temperature. Just beyond the tightly packed warren of single-story
  houses stands the gleaming National Grand Theater and the wide, freshly
  paved road leading out to the modern high-rises that represent the
  future of this forever expanding city. As a steady beat of pick axes,
  sledge hammers, and bulldozers closes in on their homes, the residents
  alternately prepare and despair for the day when Beijing's historic
  heart has no more room for them.

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
4PM , 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  Once the seat of the Russian Empire, the Baroque historic center of St.
  Petersburg is up for sale. Having had its architectural jewels hacked up
  into komunalka during the Communist era, the city is now experiencing
  the wake of perestroika reforms, where communal property promises
  capitalist-sized profits. In one flat on Marat Street, each of the four
  rooms is inhabited by a different family, all of whom share the bathroom
  and kitchen. When one owner decides to put her room on the market, she
  must also convince the others to sell. Enter the self-interested real
  estate agents and impatient buyers, and a frenzied unraveling of the
  already tenuous relationships ensues. As witness to the many intrigues
  involved in the sale, filmmaker Christiane Büchner brings us along for a
  sardonic ride with intractable neighbors through the cramped quarters,
  peeling-paint hallways, and water-damaged ceilings of Russia's new
  economy, which in the end head-butts against its Byzantine past.
  Director Christiane Büchner in person.

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
5:30pm, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  HOW I AM"I'm like a hermit on an island," is how Patrick, an autistic
  teenager, describes himself. Trapped in his own body, he attempts to
  reach others with "talk written down," his own poetic prose, which acts
  as a free-form guide through this intimate portrait of a disability.
  With a delicate hand, the filmmakers show Patrick's discomfort with the
  outer world of family and school as well as his affinity for the natural
  world. As the camera tries to reach through his disability, Patrick
  himself reveals the limitations of language as an expression of an inner
  life. SPEECH MEMORY Father and daughter try to build a posthumous
  portrait of the filmmaker's Korean grandfather. Born deaf in Japan
  during its occupation of Korea, Key Jin Yun was raised learning only to
  write and sign in Japanese. After Japan's defeat in 1945, the occupation
  ended and the boy and his family returned to Korea. Through the details
  of Key Jin Yun's life, Speech Memory examines the impact of immigration
  and cultural assimilation, revealing the shifting complexities of
  language, national identity, and memory. Filmmakers in Person

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
6:30pm, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  Baba Basant Rai buried his wife nine years ago, and yet still grieves.
  Prescribing and preparing traditional remedies, Babaji, as he is
  affectionately called, attends to the community outside Hazaribagh, in
  Jharkhand, India, curing fevers and stomach ailments as well as
  exorcising the malevolent ghosts that walk among them. As knowledgeable
  and accomplished as he is in using the natural world to help the sick,
  Babaji was unable to save his beloved wife. Digging a grave next to
  hers, he lies down in it and waits for death. Meanwhile, the people of
  the town depend on Babaji, who is rumored to be more than 100 years old.
  They marvel at his eccentricity and longevity, regarding him as a "star"
  and their road to possible notoriety. A portrait of one man's sorrow,
  the film is also a window into traditional Indian culture, its beauty
  and limitations, and how it struggles to accommodate, and resist,
  modernity. Director Jiska Rickels in person. US PREMIERE

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
6:30pm, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  Fed by four major rivers, Ukraine is a land of fertile steppes that used
  to be known as the Breadbasket of the Soviet Union. A Slavic culture
  that was once the hub of Europe, 20th century Ukraine has been carved up
  and dominated successively by Russians, Austro-Hungarians, and Soviets,
  all of whom recognized its strategic value. When Stalin implemented
  forced collectivization as part of his Five Year Plan to industrialize
  and de-privatize the USSR, he ordered Communist officials in the Ukraine
  to starve the resistant rural population. The resulting Holodomor was
  witnessed by few outsiders; one of these, British journalist Gareth
  Jones, left behind evidence in his personal diaries. While sharing
  entries of these piercing, first-hand accounts, director Sergiy Bukovsky
  juxtaposes propaganda cinema of the era showing a happy, productive
  peasant population against snippets of testimony of Holodomor survivors.
  Children at the time, these witnesses' scattered remembrances slowly fit
  together to complete a horrific chapter in Soviet history, which cost
  the lives of 25,000 Ukrainians each day. Filmmaker in person, US

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
8:30pm, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  Freshly laundered sheets, crisp tablecloths, and fluffy bath towels
  adorn the bedrooms, dining rooms, and bath racks of Berlin's finest
  hotels. Surprising at it seems, those clean white linens are washed,
  dried, and pressed not at a nearby Berlin laundry but across the River
  Odra in a small town in neighboring Poland. Taking his camera to
  Widuchowa, German filmmaker Hans-Christian Schmid tours the border town
  where Fliegel Textile provides 24-hour turnaround service to its hotel
  clients. By meeting some of the female employees and their families, the
  film quietly exposes how the global marketplace is affecting small-town
  eastern Europe, where labor is cheaper and life is harder. Working
  shifts on a rotating seven-day, 24-hour schedule interferes with family
  life, so everyone, including the children, pitch in to ensure the
  housework and the cooking get done. But nurturing relationships with
  wives, husbands, and children requires more than paying the bills and
  ticking off chores, and as the lure of better-paying jobs calls more
  townspeople abroad, these workers struggle to keep their families
  together. US PREMIERE

New York, New York: School of Visual Arts
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., School of Visual Arts

  The School of Visual Arts presents MediaModes, an interdisciplinary
  graduate conference on critical thinking at the intersection of art and
  technology, with a keynote address by noted critic and scholar Jonathan
  Crary. The conference will be held Saturday, November 19th at the SVA
  Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City. All events are free and open
  to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, please

New York, New York: Millennium Film Workshop
8 PM, 66 East 4th St

  This rollicking evening of challenging, expressive and oppositional
  Argentine cinema offers a window onto makers shredding formal niceties,
  relishing in risk and daring to access the sublime. From an achingly
  beautiful evocation of an hourglass to a darkly humorous evisceration of
  the tenets of the stock market, this program will take us to the land
  where summer is winter and winter is summer and render our souls
  topsy-turvy for a bit too. For the last two summers NYC experimental
  filmmakers Mark Street and Lynne Sachs immersed themselves in the Buenos
  Aires film community through a variety of collaborative cinematic
  endeavors. In addition to shooting Super 8 movies with their artist
  peers in town, Street and Sachs spent time meeting and watching the
  works of local moving image makers – some young bucks and some veterans
  who have been expanding the parameters of the medium since the early
  1960s. Tonight's artists include: Ernesto Baca, Enrique Bernacchini,
  Macarena Gagliardi., Ruben Guzman , Narcisa Hirsch, Leandro Katz,
  Leandro Listorti, Pablo Marin, Liliana Porter, Tomas Rautenstrauch,
  Sergio Subeero, and Diego Trerotola. We will serve sweet dessert churros
  and other Argentine delicacies in the lobby before the show. Contact:
  Mark Street at email suppressed or Lynne Sachs at
  email suppressed

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

  Two legends of underground filmmaking—twin brothers George and Mike
  Kuchar—are the subjects of Jennifer Kroot's new doc, affording a
  hilarious and at times bittersweet intro to these Mission-based
  kitsch-meisters. Since the '50s, when the teenaged twins wowed the art
  world with their 8mm extravaganzas, they have continued their
  low-budget, totally idiosyncratic pursuit of cinematic expression.
  Alongside Warhol and Anger, the Kuchar brothers were pioneering members
  of the '60s New York underground, and they've since inspired John
  Waters, Guy Maddin, Pedro Almodovar, Todd Solondz, and thousands more.
  Director Kroot is here in the flesh to present her stars and answer
  questions, before the show climaxes with the '65 'Sins of the
  Fleshapoids.' Free wine, $8.


Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
7:30 pm, Echo Park Film Center, 1200 Alvarado Street (at Sunset)

  For fans of early film, and of Southern California history! We're
  delighted to host the internationally-renowned film scholar Tom Gunning,
  who will talk about Griffith's time in California, and these selected,
  rarely screened films made in So Cal in the years before World War I.
  All in 16mm with live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Films:
  Man's Genesis (1912, 17 min); The New Dress (1911, 17 min.); The
  Massacre (1914, 20 min); The Unchanging Sea (1910, 14 min.); The Sands
  of Dee (1912, 17 min); The Female of the Species (1912, 17 min) Los
  Angeles Filmforum, at the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado Street
  (@ Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles CA 90026. 213-484-8846. Sunday November 15,
  2009. 7:30 pm. General admission $10, students/seniors $6, free for
  Filmforum members.

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
4pm, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek of the latest multimedia creation
  by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, whose Rebirth of a Nation redefined
  D.W. Griffith's racist 1915 film about the American Civil War. With
  Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctic, he turns his attention to global climate
  change, specifically its effects on the world's only uninhabited
  landmass, Antarctica. Using sounds recorded during a visit to the frozen
  continent and images culled from AMNH archives, DJ Spooky demonstrates
  how he created Terra Nova, discussing his project with Heidi Cullen,
  director of communications and senior research scientist at Climate
  Central, a nonprofit foundation created to provide science-based
  assessments of climate change and options for addressing it. Andrew C.
  Revkin, an environmental reporter for The New York Times, whose Dot
  Earth blog examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet's
  limits, will moderate the event.

New York, New York: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History
6pm, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

  Sitting around the parlor one afternoon in their home in Levoča,
  Slovakia, Peter and Iveta imagine an underwater world, him noodling on
  the piano, her knitting vigorously. Director Juraj Lehotský obliges the
  married couple's fantasies, rendering them in a fanciful vignette. But
  neither Peter nor Iveta can see it. They are both blind. Combining
  moody, low-light cinematography, an artist's eye for composition, and a
  sharp ear for quotidian sounds, Blind Loves depicts the day-to-day world
  of the blind, rich in other sensory experiences. NY Premiere


New York: Anthology Film Archives
8: 00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  FUTURIST LIFE REDUX Commissioned by Performa with SFMOMA. Co-presented
  by Performa and Anthology Film Archives for Performa 09. The only
  officially 'Futurist' film ever made, VITA FUTURISTA (FUTURIST LIFE) was
  devised in 1916 by a committee of Futurist artists including Arnaldo
  Ginna, Giacomo Balla, Remo Chiti, Bruno Corra, and F.T. Marinetti.
  Comprised of eleven independent segments conceived and written by
  different artists – with the whole film shot, edited, and generally
  overseen by Ginna – FUTURIST LIFE directly took up several ideas
  proposed in "The Futurist Cinema" manifesto written earlier in the same
  year, contrasting the spirit and lifestyle of the Futurist with that of
  the ordinary man in a series of humorous sketches, many of which used
  experimental techniques such as split screens and double exposures. The
  final, 40-minute FUTURIST LIFE premiered at the Niccolini Theatre in
  Florence in 1917, as part of a program with four sintesi (very short
  plays) by Emilio Settimelli and Corra, and live poetry readings by
  Settimelli and Chiti of the works of several Futurist writers. It was a
  failure with the audience, who threw stones and other objects at the
  screen, and was generally forgotten soon after it came out. The only
  known copy of this film was lost several decades ago, and now all that
  remain are written accounts by Ginna and the journal L'ITALIA FUTURISTA,
  as well as a few still images. Now, for the Performa 09 biennial,
  Performa and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) have joined
  together to commission a diverse group of thirteen contemporary American
  film and video artists – Trisha Baga, Chamecki-Lerner, Martha Colburn,
  Ben Coonley, Lynn Hershman, George Kuchar, Shana Moulton, Shannon Plumb,
  Aida Ruilova, Matthew Silver & Shoval Zohar (The Future), and Michael
  Smith – to create their own, 3-5 minute versions of the eleven segments
  in VITA FUTURISTA, re-imagining this film in relation to our own future.
  These shorts will then be compiled into one, all-new version of FUTURIST
  LIFE for the 21st century, making its New York premiere at Anthology on
  this evening. Curated by Lana Wilson (Performa) with Andrew Lampert
  (Anthology). Special thanks to RoseLee Goldberg (Performa) and Frank
  Smigiel (SFMOMA).

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Early Monthly Segments
7:30 PM, Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen Street West

  Robert Todd is the most prolific of filmmakers, completing forty films
  in the last ten years alone. Trained as a painter, Todd carefully
  observes his Boston surroundings and re-presents them to us with an
  astute sense of form. His films are works of magnification, employing
  macro-focus lenses, and an eye for detail that bring us closer to levels
  of reality we often miss. His films can reveal the forgotten beauty of
  the natural world or the hidden stillness in busy parts of the city. The
  works in this program date from the last three years and wrestle with
  themes such as the corporeal elements of the body; places and moments of
  passage; and the fleeting glimpses of, or hauntings by, spirit. *Special
  thanks to Ben Donoghue and LIFT for helping to make this event possible*
  Programme: Interplay, Robert Todd, 16mm, 2006, USA, 6.5 min. Qualities
  of Stone, Robert Todd, 16mm, 2006, USA, 11 min. Dig, Robert Todd, 16mm,
  2007, USA, 3 min. Passing, Robert Todd, 16mm, 2008, USA, 4 min.
  Antechamber, Robert Todd, 16mm, 2008, USA, 12 min. Rose, Robert Todd,
  16mm, 2008, USA, 9 min. Repair, Robert Todd, 16mm, 2009, USA, 15 min. @
  the Art Bar, Gladstone Hotel | 1214 Queen St West Tuesday November 17,
  2009 | 7:30pm screening, $5 *Robert Todd's Stable will be showing at a
  LIFT screening November 21 at Trash Palace, 89-B Niagara Street (Just
  West of Bathurst). More info at


Berkeley, California: Pacific Film Archive
7:30 PM, 2575 Bancroft Way

  Films by Abraham Ravett: Everything's For You ( 1989) , 58 min., 16mm
  ----- The March ( 1999). 25 min., 16mm--- "non-Aryan" ( 2009) 12 min.,

Jamaica Plain, MA: JP Tuesday Club
7:30 pm, Loring Greenough House, 12 South St

  A night of film and video by Saul Levine and Adam Paradis. If you like
  challenging cinema and cozy atmosphere, we'd like to see you at the
  third monthly film screening at the Loring-Greenough House in JP. The
  doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 7:30. Admission is $4. Bring a
  friend and pass it on.

Reading, Pennsylvania: Berks Filmmakers, Inc
7:30 pm, Albright College

  Orphee (1947, 95 min.) by JEAN COCTEAU In this, the second of Cocteau's
  Orpheus trilogy, Cocteau employs his unique blend of French classical
  and surrealist/modernist mise-en-scene. The filmmaker (artist, poet,
  novelist, playwright) described the ideal viewer of his films as one
  "open to my dream and agree[ing] to be put to sleep and to dream it with
  me (accepting the logic by which dreams operate, which is implacable,
  although it is not governed by our logic). I am only talking about the
  mechanics, since Orphée is not at all a dream in itself: through a
  wealth of detail similar to that which we find in dreams, it summarizes
  my way of living and my conception of life."And in the same text :
  "Mirrors: we watch ourselves grow old in mirrors. They bring us closer
  to death." -Jean Cocteau, The Art of Cinema


Chicago, Illinois: Gallery 400
7:00pm, 400 S. Peoria Street

  At 20,000 leagues below the sea everyone can hear you scream – that's
  the nature of sound and water after all, and (maybe) that's why we call
  all those vibrations dazzling our skulls by the oceanic descriptor
  WAVEFORMS. Just ask Alex Halsted – she was born into water, under water,
  knows wet and sound better than all of us combined. For the last month
  in Gallery 400 she's been humoring our earth-ears with her rhythmic
  pulses, and now it's time to return the favor. And so, submitted for her
  approval: an aqua-opera in 7 stanzas, a capital-SEA-composition in as
  many verses. From that silent surface (Hutton) to the scratch and curl
  of the fevered deep (Gatten); betwixt a siren-spongebob-song (Best) and
  a flicker score for the Red Sea (Holthuis); with whale chorus (Clark),
  octo-electronica (Painleve), and gurgling pop tune (Rist) – this is a
  kino-song for the best Nigerian Elephant-nosed Fish we'll ever know.
  Here's To You, Alex. FEATURING: Study of A River by Peter Hutton (16:00,
  16mm, 1996-97), What the Water Said Nos 4-7 by David Gatten (17:00,
  16mm, 2007), Crank Dat Soulja Boy Spongebob by Masta Best (3:46, video,
  2007), Amours de la pieuvre (Love Life of the Octopus) by Jean Painleve
  (14:00, 16mm on video, 1965), I'm a Victim of This Song by Pipilotti
  Rist (5:06, video, 1995), Marsa Abu Galawa by Gerard Holthuis (15:00,
  35mm on video, 2004), Sound Over Water by Mary Helena Clark (6:00, 16mm,

New York, New York: Bluestockings & Change You Want to See
7:00, Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street

  Each event will include a presentation, film/video screening, and
  discussion. Different films will be screened each night. Wednesday,
  November 18, 2009, 7:00 pm Bluestockings Bookstore 172 Allen Street @
  Stanton, NY, NY Films: The Orange Alternative, 1989, Mirosław
  Dembiński (21 min.) Dwarves go to Ukraine, 2005, Mirosław
  Dembińskim (on the OA action in the Orange Revolution in 2004)
  Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:30 pm The Change You Want to See 84
  Havemeyer Street, Storefront, Brooklyn, NY Films: Major or the
  Revolution of Dwarves, 1989, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz (40 min.) Dwarf for
  the Mayor, 2003, Mirosław Dembiński (36 min.) (on the OA's
  election campaign for the City Council in Warsaw) About the Orange
  Alternative: The Orange Alternative is an underground anarchic movement,
  which was started in 1981 in Wroclaw, south-west Poland, by Waldemar
  Fydrych aka "Major." Somewhat inspired by Provos, and strongly
  influenced by Dadaism and Surrealism, it painted absurd graffiti dwarfs
  on city walls, which became its symbol and organized massive happenings
  oftentimes with participation of thousands of people wearing dwarf hats.
  It was one of the more picturesque elements of Eastern European
  opposition against communism. website:
  Waldemar "Major" Fydrych was born in Torun, Poland on April 8, 1953.
  Graduated in History and Art History at the University of Wroclaw.
  Founder of the Orange Alternative. In March 1988, he was arrested for
  distributing women's hygienic napkins in the street. Sentenced to three
  months of prison but released following public uproar.

San Francisco, California: Artists Television Access
8pm. $6., 992 Valencia St. at 21st

  Five American nomads "hit the road" in this sprawling 16mm documentary
  feature. A beautiful and remarkable love letter to travel. Dir: Danielle
  Lombardi and Brigid McCaffrey Additional Films: Fledgeling - Tony Gault,
  Elizabeth Henry (Denver, Co) Faces on Mars - David Borengasser (San
  Francisco) CLOSING PERFORMANCE: Live Performance by Add Oil

Smithfield, NC, USA: Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival
7:30m, 109 South Third Street

  The Third Annual Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival celebrates Ava's
  passion for the Arts and her love for Independent Films, live music,
  parties, and so much more. November 18-21, 2009


Chicago, Illinois: Conversations at the Edge
6pm, 164 N. State St

  Laura Heit in person! Poignant and smart, the animated films of puppet
  artist and SAIC alumna Laura Heit employ stop-motion, live action
  puppetry, hand-drawing, and computer animation. Heit is the co-director
  of the experimental animation department at CalArts and her
  award-winning work has screened extensively at museums and film
  festivals around the world. This program showcases her films from the
  last twelve years and features a special live performance of her
  acclaimed puppet-show-in miniature, The Matchbox Shows. Films include:
  Parachute (1997), an allegory following a young woman as she leaves
  home; Collapse (2002), a 2D computer animation tracing a single tragic
  moment; The Amazing, Mysterious and True Story of Mary Anning and Her
  Monsters (2003), about the little-known paleontologist Mary Anning; and
  Look For Me (2005), a Channel 4 UK television commission imagining one's
  own invisibility. 1997–2005, USA, multiple formats, ca. 65 min.

San Francisco, California: Artists Television Access
7pm Door, 8PM $5, 992 Valencia St. at 21st

  ATA's open screening is the only monthly open submissions screening in
  the Bay Area. Get your work out there! Get feedback! Or just come and
  take it all in! One hour of shorts are accepted monthly on an open
  revolving basis, anything goes with the screened work, and the
  refreshments are pretty good too. $5, FREE admission for contributing
  artists. Door:7:30pm Projector: 8pm Not a filmmaker? Come and hang out
  with us anyway: Enjoy the atmosphere, the art, the movies, the people,
  the refreshments Submissions: Label all tapes w/ name, contact, title
  and length. Mail to: Openscreening, 992 Valencia, SF, 94110 1-2 week
  advance submissions strongly recommended. If not. . . it is all good.
  Max length: 15 min. Formats: DVD, miniDV/DVcam, VHS, beta, 8mm and 16mm
  All genres. More Info: contact Katy at email suppressed

San Francisco, California: San Francisco Cinematheque
7:00 pm, SFMOMA -- 151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard)

  Deborah Stratman in-person -- [members: $7 / non-members: $10] ----- A
  committed cinematic explorer, Deborah Stratman's essayistic film work
  resembles that of James Benning and Vanessa Renwick in its examination
  of landscape and locale as well as its poetic contemplation of ideology
  and belief. Presented as a series of patient observances of competitive
  spectacle and masculine display, her epic "O'er the Land" channels the
  dark side of the American psyche, presenting a savagely poetic
  meditation on the contemporary culture of violence, territoriality and
  patriotism through studies of gun culture, war reenactments and border
  conflicts. Including a telling of the story of Lt. Colonel William
  Rankin -- a USMC pilot who survived being trapped in the updrafts of a
  thunderstorm for forty-five minutes following an emergency ejection at
  48,000 feet -- O'er the Land describes a stark and disturbing world of
  survivors and warriors. Yet against this grim backdrop, a rich, even
  redemptive exposition of the American landscape emerges. Also screening:
  Stratman's Paranormal Trilogy ("How Among The Frozen Words", "It Will
  Die Out in the Mind" and "The Magician's House") and her 1993 film

Smithfield, NC, USA: Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival
noonish, 109 South Third Street

  The Third Annual Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival celebrates Ava's
  passion for the Arts with Independent Films, live music, parties, and so
  much more. November 18-21, 2009


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