Craig Baldwin weekend at UnionDocs: Mock Up on Mu; Accelerated Underdevelopment & Other Cinema Shorts

From: Ryan Marino (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 18 2010 - 19:49:24 PDT

I'm posting this for the good guys over at UnionDocs,

UnionDocs Saturday March 20 & Sunday March 21: Craig Baldwin: Mock up on Mu;
Accelerated Underdevelopment & Other Cinema Shorts

   - March 20 & March 21 at 7:30pm // Suggested donation $7
   - Craig Baldwin present for discussion with Bosko Blagojevic, co-founder
   of Platform for Pedagogy, on Saturday. Craig will also be on hand for
   discussion following Sunday's screening.
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Mock up on Mu by Craig Baldwin (2009, USA, 110 min, 16mm to DigiBeta)

A radical hybrid of spy, sci-fi, Western, and even horror genres, Craig
Baldwin’s Mock Up On Mu cobbles together a feature-length
“collage-narrative” based on (mostly) true stories of California’s post-War
sub-cultures of rocket pioneers, alternative religions, and Beat lifestyles.
Pulp-serial snippets, industrial-film imagery, and B- (and Z-) fiction clips
are intercut with newly shot live-action material, powering a playful,
allegorical trajectory through the now-mythic occult matrix of Jack Parsons
(Crowleyite founder of the Jet Propulsion Lab), L.Ron Hubbard (sci-fi author
turned cult-leader), and Marjorie Cameron (bohemian artist and “mother of
the New Age movement”). Their intertwined tales spin out into a speculative
farce on the militarization of space, and the corporate take-over of
spiritual fulfillment and leisure-time.

“…this new work hits your synapses like a cluster bomb, assailing your
tremulous gray matter with a barrage of cinematic fragments (most recycled,
some newly shot), miscellaneous rants and ruminations”––Manohla Dargis of
the New York Times <>

“…Mock Up on Mu is a modern American myth fashioned from all manner of
cultural detritus”––Jim Hoberman of the Village

*Boško Blagojevic will join Craig in a discussion following the
screening. Boško
lives in New York and exhibited last fall at NYU’s Kimmel gallery. His
writing has most recently appeared in Anton Vidokle: Produce, Distribute,
Discuss, Repeat edited by Brian Sholis and published by Sternberg Press. He
has lectured at the Parsons School of Design and is co-founder of Platform
for Pedagogy.*

 Sunday, March 21 – 7:30pm

Discussion with Craig Baldwin to follow the screenings.
Accelerated Underdevelopment by Travis Wilkerson (2003, USA, 55 min)

Acclaimed documentary on Santiago Alvarez, an unashamedly didactic, partisan
portrait in its subject’s own style: brash intertitles, involving music,
stark images.
Other Cinema Selects curated by Craig Baldwin Key West (Coast)-ern
Subcultural short works, fragments, and experimental exercises.

   - Thad Povey: Thine Inward-Looking Eyes. Relax; Take a deep
   breath. (1993, 2 min)
   - Sarah Christman: Dear Bill Gates; A simple correspondence evolves into
   a poetic visual essay exploring the ownership of our visual history and
   culture. Combining original and archival film, video and images from the
   internet, “Dear Bill Gates” draws unexpected connections among mining,
   memory and Microsoft. (2006, 17min)
   - Sylvia Schedelbauer: Remote Intimacy; Stream of consciousness with
   fictitious and found stories and a personal reference. (2008, 14 min)
   - Davis Sherman: Tuning the Sleep Machine; “TUNING THE SLEEPING MACHINE
   maintains a dreamy oscillation between visual abstraction and a disjointedly
   submerged narrative of sexual menace. … [It] recalls our shared experience
   of late-night television in which lambent images emerge from the screen and
   turn strange as they percolate through our half-conscious thoughts and
   reveries.” – Paul Arthur, *Film Comment *(1996, 13 min)
   - Kelly Sears: Voice on the Line; Voice on the Line is a collage
   animation made from figures cut out of archival ephemeral films from the
   late 1950s. This animation mixes the history of these films with events of
   this era which results in a large scale secret operation that veers
   bizarrely off course. The film also reflects on current and troubled
   relationships between the areas of national security, civil liberties and
   telephone companies. Voice on the Line explores how technology can be used
   to shape our fears, desires and how we feel connected. (2009, 7 min)
   - Damon Packard: Tom Jones
   - Tony Gault: TBD

About Craig Baldwin

Craig Baldwin <>is an American
experimental filmmaker. He uses “found” footage from the fringes of popular
consciousness as well as images from the mass media to undermine and
transform the traditional documentary, infusing it with the energy of
high-speed montage and a provocative commentary that targets subjects
from intellectual property rights to rampant consumerism. He is the founder
of Other Cinema <>, a long-standing
bastion of experimental film, video, and performance in San Francisco’s
Mission District.

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