This week [December 19 - 27, 2009] in avant garde cinema

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This week [December 19 - 27, 2009] in avant garde cinema

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"De Luce 1: Vegetare" by Janis Crystal Lipzin

Florida Atlantic University

Around the Coyote Fall Festival 2010 (Chicago; Deadline: July 21, 2010)
Australian International Experimental Film Festival (Melbourne, Vic, Australia; Deadline: February 15, 2010)

Faux Film Festival (Portland OR, USA; Deadline: December 31, 2009)
Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival (Cambridge, United Kingdom; Deadline: December 26, 2009)
Map Open Space at FLEFF 2010 (Ithaca (New York), USA; Deadline: January 15, 2010)
Manipulated Image #12 @ the Santa Fe Complex In cooperation with VideoChannel NewMediaFest'2010: 10 Years [NewMediaArtProjectNetwork]:||cologne (Santa Fe, NM, USA; Deadline: December 21, 2009)
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival (Boston, MA, USA ; Deadline: December 21, 2009)
2010 Was the World of the Future (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Deadline: January 01, 2010)
Woodstock Museum Film Festival (Woodstock, New York (NY) 12498; Deadline: December 31, 2009)
Fargo Film Festival (Fargo, ND, USA; Deadline: January 01, 2010)

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 * Friendly But Starving ii: An Evening of Avant-Garde & Experimental Films [December 19, Austin, TX]
 * The Films of Dave Gearey [December 19, New York, New York]
 * Essential Cinema: Eggeling/Cavalcanti Program [December 19, New York]
 * Shorts Program [December 19, New York]
 * Essential Cinema: Conrad, Jacobs & Fleischner Program [December 19, New York]
 * James Nares Program [December 19, New York]
 * 30+ Years of Film @ International House the Janus Collection [December 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
 * Other Cinema: New Experimental Works [December 19, San Francisco, California]
 * Beryl Sokoloff Program [December 20, New York]
 * Ccsf Student Film Showcase [December 20, San Francisco, California]
 * Lyon/Davidovich./Stoney Program [December 21, New York, New York]
 * The Black Banana [December 22, New York, New York]

Events are sorted by CITY within each DATE.


Austin, TX: Austin School of Film
7:30pm, 906 E. Fifth Street

  The 2009 Artist Salon & Screening Series presents Friendly but Starving
  II: An Evening of Avant-Garde & Experimental Films on December 19, 2009,
  at 7:30pm.    A mind blowing exhibition of Super 8 Cinema. Witness the
  talent and meet the artists at this year's Avant-Garde & Experimental
  Filmmaking showcase. This special evening will take place at the Austin
  School of Film and include a Q&A with the artists in attendance.

New York, New York: Anthology Film Archives
4:00pm, Anthology Film Archives, 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue

  The Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island invites
  you to celebrate 36 years at CUNY with the films of Dave Gearey,
  including TWO MEN (3 min, 1972), FOOTAGE (10 min, 1975), STREAM RAPID
  FALLS (22 min, 1978), BRANCHES (6 min, 1975), 3% VISION (11 min, 2000),
  THE BLACKBURN PAINTING (5 min, 2008), SIX BITS FOR RAY (5 min, 2008).
  Dave Gearey will be present and admission is free.

New York: Anthology Film Archives
6:00 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  Viking Eggeling SYMPHONIE DIAGONALE 1924, 8 minutes, 35mm, silent.
  Alberto Cavalcanti RIEN QUE LES HEURES 1928, 52 minutes, 35mm, silent. A
  "city symphony" interweaving documentary, experimental and narrative
  elements that provide vivid images of Paris in the mid-1920s. Total
  running time: ca. 65 minutes.

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

  Matthew Silver BEWARE OF THE HOT DOG PEOPLE (2002, 5 minutes,
  16mm-to-video) Michael Jackson, the open highway, and pizza. Rip Torn
  THE BEARDING OF THE PRESIDENT (ca. 16 minutes, 16mm) This short
  experimental political satire, unearthed during the lead-up to our Rip
  Torn retrospective last spring, features Torn impersonating Richard
  Nixon, a role he would later revisit in much more conventional
  circumstances, as part of a 1979 CBS TV movie. A strange and funny
  investigation into the shady realms of media, performance, and Nixonian
  psychology. J. Hoberman CARGO OF LURE (1974, 14.5 minutes, 16mm)
  Hoberman's single-shot journey up the Harlem River is both a rigorously
  minimalist filmic experiment and a disarmingly beautiful record of a
  part of the city that generally goes unnoticed. Greg Sharits TRANSFER
  (12 minutes, 8mm-to-16mm. Preserved with support from the National
  Endowment for the Arts.) Employing colored 8mm leader and letraset
  numbers, letters, and symbols, Greg Sharits created this intense
  masterpiece, which is surely on par with anything made by his older and
  more renowned brother, Paul. Jose Rodriguez-Soltero JEROVI (1965, 11.5
  minutes, 16mm. Preserved with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation
  for the Visual Arts.) Directed by the gifted avant-garde filmmaker
  Rodriguez-Soltero, who passed away earlier this year, JEROVI celebrates
  narcissistic desire and the physical act of self-love. Matthew Silver
  IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (2006, 30 minutes, 16mm/DV. Made in
  collaboration with Bogdan Szabo.) What do you really need to know about
  a film called IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME? Total running time: ca. 95

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

  Tony Conrad THE FLICKER 1966, 30 minutes, 16mm, sound. Mathematical and
  rhythmical orchestration of white and black frames. Ken Jacobs & Bob
  Fleischner BLONDE COBRA 1959-63, 35 minutes, 16-to-35mm blow-up.
  Featuring Jack Smith. Preserved by Anthology, with the generous support
  of the Film Foundation, the National Film Preservation Foundation, Simon
  Lund and Cineric, Inc. "BLONDE COBRA is an erratic narrative – no, not
  really a narrative, it's only stretched out in time for convenience of
  delivery. It's a look in on an exploding life, on a man of imagination
  suffering pre-fashionable Lower East Side deprivation and consumed with
  American 1950s, 40s, 30s disgust. Silly, self-pitying, guilt-strictured
  and yet triumphing – on one level – over the situation with style…
  enticing us into an absurd moral posture the better to dismiss us with a
  regal 'screw off.'" –K.J. Total running time: ca. 70 minutes.

New York: Anthology Film Archives
8:30 pm, 32 2nd Avenue

  In May 2008 Anthology hosted the first complete retrospective of
  painter/filmmaker James Nares. While perhaps most recognized by
  cinephiles for his no-wave period piece ROME 78, Nares has produced an
  extensive, exciting body of moving image works that continually defy
  gravity and expectations. This single-program survey includes a generous
  selection of short works spanning more than 30 years and concludes with
  the premiere of two brand new videos. "James Nares's films are like
  luminous jewels scattered in the dirt – as varied and striking as his
  paintings, his photographs, and his train of thought." –Jim Jarmusch
  DRIP (2007, 2 minutes, video) Rhythmic video music made by dropping
  stones on stones. RAMP (1976, 3 minutes, Super-8mm-to-16mm) A concrete
  ball on the off-ramp to the old West Side Highway. WAITING FOR THE WIND
  (1982, 7.5 minutes, Super-8mm-to-16mm) "A technical tour de force. Nares
  creates a tornado-like catastrophe with a hand-held Super-8 camera, a
  shooting ratio of three to one (about $100 worth of film stock), and
  remarkable timing." –Amy Taubin, SOHO WEEKLY NEWS WEATHER BED (1991, 3
  minutes, video) Tracking a storm in the bedsheets. SUICIDE ? NO, MURDER
  (1977, 30 minutes, Super-8mm-to-16mm) Nares returns, an aspiring angry
  young man, to England, the home of his youth. His simmering discontent
  is reflected in the maelstrom of late-70s cultural upheaval. HAMMERED
  (1991, 2 minutes, video) Narrow escape from a rain of hammers. WITH GOD
  ON OUR SIDE (2008, 5 minutes, video) RIDING WITH MICHAUX (2009, 5
  minutes, video) Total running time: ca. 60 minutes.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Film @ International House Philadelphia
7pm, 3701 Chestnut Street

  30+ Years of Film @ International House THE JANUS COLLECTION Truly one
  of our national treasures, American film culture without Janus Films is
  unimaginable. Film @ International House is celebrating 30 + years with
  a selection of titles from Janus' extraordinary collection, all in
  brand-new or restored 35mm prints. Here's your chance to celebrate their
  achievements and to be dazzled all over again by highlights from their
  incomparable collection. Saturday, December 19 at 7pm Jeanne Dielman, 23
  Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles dir. Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France,
  1975, 35mm, 201 mins, color, French w/ English subtitles A singular work
  in cinema history, Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
  meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine
  of a middle-aged widow whose chores include making the beds, cooking
  dinner for her son and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous
  spareness, Akerman's film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire
  world. Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment
  that has been analyzed and argued over for decades. Free admission
  IHouse members above Internationalist level; $5 Internationalists; $6
  students + seniors; $8 general admission. In advance at TICKETWEB or 1/2
  hour before showtime at The Ibrahim Theater Box Office.

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

  Here's an energized evening of new cinematic efforts that champion
  personal expression and radical form. Constituting the season's most
  exploratory programming initiative—and with many of the makers in
  person—are Carl Diehl's Mind Children Get Headaches, Shalo P's The Spy,
  Andrew Mooney's Flok, David Cox' Flash Memory, Richard Mitchell's
  Well-Tempered Clavier, and Robbyn Alexander's A Spell to Catch a
  Firefly. ALSO recent pieces by Bryan Boyce, Karla Betancourt, Myrina
  Tunberg, Karl Lind, James Hong/Yin-Ju Chen, and others TBA. $7.


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

  Anthology hosted a retrospective this past spring devoted to Jim
  McBride, whose landmark cinema-vérité satire DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY is
  justifiably a cult favorite. But the series established without a doubt
  that there is much more to McBride's career, marking the re-discovery of
  several incredible films, including the two personal documentaries
  screening here, the bona fide vérité follow-ups to HOLZMAN. MY
  GIRLFRIEND'S WEDDING 1969, 60 minutes, 16mm. A fascinating profile of
  McBride's English girlfriend, Clarissa Ainley. With his camera almost
  entirely trained on her, McBride explores Clarissa's life and loves, her
  feelings about her parents and children, and documents her greencard
  marriage to a man she has only known for a week. However, as the film
  progresses, the most revealing truths are about the person behind the
  camera. PICTURES FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE 1971, 45 minutes, video. The
  third film of McBride's 'documentary' trilogy, PICTURES follows Jim and
  Clarissa in a journey across the U.S., waiting for a baby and looking
  for a place to settle. Crude, witty, or plain scenes of everyday life
  compose a moving portrait of early-70s America – an uncharted country, a
  generation with no direction home.

San Francisco, California: Artists Television Access
7:30PM door, 8Pm screening $4, 992 Valencia St, at 21st

  Join CCSF Department of Cinema's Motion Picture Directing class for a
  screening of the 2009 final film projects. The showcase features a
  variety of narrative scenes starring Bay Area actors. Directing
  Students: Joshua Bewig, Andreas Blair, Krisana Horachaikul, Nick
  Petrick, Mark Pope, Robert Sawyer, Sophia Rivera, Miranda McCauley,
  Mandel Lum, Daniel Kaminsky, Moises Joshua Contreras, Green Le Fluer,
  Melissa Kalestrom, Jaime Gonzales. Music, Drinks, lots of fun


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

  Danny Lyon BORN TO FILM 1982, 33 minutes, 16mm. One of the highlights of
  our retrospective devoted to the photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon.
  "…[I]ntimately autobiographical, interspersing footage of Lyon's own
  young son with film shot in the 1930s by Lyon's father, a doctor who
  emigrated from Germany… Lyon's passionate vision has deepened and grown
  in resonance and the film is not just family or even social history, but
  about human continuity, the power of instinct to survive, the grace that
  love and play bring to it, the wonder of being alive." –Thomas Albright,
  minutes, video. A classic of cable access by the master of the medium,
  Jaime "Dr. Videovich" Davidovich. "SALUDOS AMIGOS! is a documentary
  about Lubbock, Texas, where the denim-suited doctor chases armadillos
  and discusses television, race and the Vietnam War with Christopher B.
  'Stubbs' Stubblefield, founder of the legendary Texan BBQ
  establishment-cum-music-venue." –Leah Churner George Stoney HOW TO LOOK
  AT A CITY 1963, 28 minutes, 16mm. One of the more than two-dozen films
  made by Stoney, along with collaborators, celebrating New York City.
  Urbanologist Gene Raskin demonstrates what "makes it work" in this film
  from the Channel 13 series, METROPOLIS, CREATOR OR DESTROYER. Total
  running time: ca. 85 minutes.


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

  by Ben Hayeem 1976, 71 minutes, 16mm, color. We're particularly thrilled
  to present an encore screening, co-presented with BIDOUN MAGAZINE, of
  Ben Hayeem's unmissable, unfathomable wonder. Born and raised in Bombay,
  Hayeem (1933-2004) made a number of well-regarded films and was close
  with experimental film pioneers Maya Deren and Slavko Vorkapich. Early
  in his career he joined the Living Theater group in New York and became
  the only Indian Jew to play a Chinese Priest with a Yiddish accent in a
  Brecht play. This comedic, cross-cultural experience must have set him
  down the path to the rather incredible and risqu? happenings in THE
  BLACK BANANA. The original promotional notes inform us that, "In this
  zany, ribald Middle Eastern comedy, young Jews, Arabs and Texans revolt
  against the parental and conventional authority, represented by
  old-fashioned Jews, Arabs and Texans. … Despite its message of peace and
  good will between Jew and Arab, THE BLACK BANANA has the distinction of
  being the only film ever banned in Israel because its mixture of nudity
  and religious satire offended the Israeli censorship board." Plus:
  PAPILLOTE (1964, 10.5 minutes, 16mm) FLORA (1965, 6 minutes, 16mm) Total
  running time: ca. 90 minutes.

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