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This week [March 24 - 31, 2019] in avant garde cinema

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  • Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • This week's programs (summary):

    Sunday, March 24, 2019
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    Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
    7:30 pm, Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
    Interior Gardens: The Films of Sara Kathryn Arledge
    In conjunction with the exhibition entitled Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment, at the Armory Center for the Arts. Sara Kathryn Arledge is one of the undeservedly neglected figures in the American experimental cinema. Although her two major works, INTROSPECTION and WHAT IS A MAN?, were completed in 1946 and 1958, respectively, neither was screened with any frequency until the late 1970s. Spending much of her life in Pasadena, Filmforum hosted her in 1980, and Filmforum founder Terry Cannon and his wife Mary are responsible for the survival of most of Arledge’s surviving artworks. Now, in conjunction with an electrifying exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts, Filmforum is delighted to present all of Arledge’s films again. We’re delighted that the exhibition curator Irene Tsatsos and Filmforum founder Terry Cannon will be introducing the show. Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://arledge.bpt.me or at the door. For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238.

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    7:30 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    TRANS FILM: HANKY CODE
    by Gentry McShane and the Periwinkle Cinema Collective. SELECT FILMMAKERS IN PERSON! Before Internet dating and hookup apps, The Handkerchief code was largely used by gay men in the 1970s to distinguish sexual preferences and fetishes in gay clubs and on the streets of places like San Francisco and New York. In HANKY CODE, San Francisco's queer experimental film collective Periwinkle Cinema brings together queer and trans filmmakers across a spectrum of genres, styles, genders, and locations to dissect the code in this epic anthology feature comprised of 25 short films. Each filmmaker or filmmaking team tells a story of a different color/fetish of the code. Films range from narrative to experimental to erotic and animated, with many films redefining the traditional code with colors, patterns, and fetishes according to the creative interpretation of the artist. Audience members are invited to flag their hankies at the screening. Ivy Dykes BLACK Lorin Murphy GREY Lex Non Scripta LIGHT BLUE, WHITE STRIPES Marie Walz BLUE SILVER Ricky Lee LIGHT BLUE Kolmel W Love & Alex Albers TEAL BLUE Caitlin Rose Sweet & André Azevedo RED Ashley Monique George MAROON (HEMA) Ilona Berger ROSE Gentry McShane MAGENTA Anatomically Incorrect Doll & Char Vortryss PURPLE Margarita Femmeinista LAVENDER Katie Bush YELLOW Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill PALE YELLOW Jaime Evelyn Manzi GOLD Stéphane Gérard ORANGE Courtney Trouble APRICOT Jacqueline Mary & Violette Dentata LIME Neve Be & Nikki Silver WHITE FUR M. O'Herlihy FUR Austin Boe GREY FLANNEL Moon Ray Ra SILVER SEQUINS Kico Le Strange KLEENEX Siobhan Aluvalot HOUNDSTOOTH Demian DinéYazhi' INDIGENOUS LUVVV [PLEASE NOTE: We've added a second screening of HANKY CODE on Thurs, Mar 28 at 6:30! This screening will happen in place of STRONG ISLAND, which unfortunately can not be shown at this time.]

    Monday, March 25, 2019
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    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    6:45 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    MASS TRANSIT FILM PROGRAM
    This program gathers together films and videos about the New York City subway - including Stan Brakhage's gorgeous THE WONDER RING, poet Frank Kuenstler's haunting EL ATLANTIS, and lesser-known works by Robert Crawford and Barbara Hammer - with films about other mass transit systems worldwide, from Winnipeg streetcars and the Tokyo Metro to Wuppertal, Germany's surreal and captivating suspended train, the Schwebebahn. Roman Kroitor PAUL TOMKOWICZ: STREET-RAILWAY SWITCHMAN (1954, 9 min, 16mm, b&w. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.) Stan Brakhage THE WONDER RING (1955, 4 min, 16mm) Robert Crawford SCENES FROM NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT (1972, 17 min, 16mm) Frank Kuenstler EL ATLANTIS (1973, 21 min, 16mm. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives; special thanks to Tom Gunning, University of Chicago.) Barbara Hammer WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR? A NEW YORK SUBWAY TAPE (1985, 12.5 min, video) Arianne Olthaar SCHWEBEBAHN (2016, 3.5 min, 16mm-to-digital) Tomonari Nishikawa TOKYO - EBISU (2010, 5 min, 16mm) Total running time: ca. 80 min.

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    7:30 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    TRANS FILM: THE FILMS OF SUZIE SILVER, PROGRAM 2: TESTING ONE TWO: TRANS-Q TV
    SUZIE SILVER IN PERSON! In 2014, Suzie Silver began producing an episodic work called TRANS-Q TELEVISION. It is a playful and provocative video variety show reveling in the fluidity of gender and sexuality. Created with Scott Andrew, and in collaboration with a wide range of talent, the programs include stand-up theory, micro-documentaries, interviews, video art, animation, literary presentations, performance art, music, and much more. A Dadaist Variety Show for the 21st Century, it is a truly twisted mix of Sonny and Cher, SESAME STREET, ANDY WARHOL'S TV, Ernie Kovacs, Flip Wilson, Carol Burnett, WIGSTOCK, and PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE. We are pleased to present both completed episodes, as well as the special edition of TRANS-Q TV. Suzie Silver & Scott Andrew TRANS-Q TV EPISODE 1 (2014, 23.5 min, digital) Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 hosts the glittering series premiere of TRANS-Q TELEVISION. Highlights include: "Mercury in Retrograde," a soap opera directed by Rhys Ernst, starring Zackary Drucker, and co-written by Ernst and Drucker; a musical performance by hip hop star, LE1F; "The Constructing Identity Fashion Show"; "Femslash - Glee"; "Tuck n Pack - Veruca la'Piranha"; and some delightful surprises! Suzie Silver & Scott Andrew TRANS-Q TV EPISODE 2 (2014, 30.5 min, digital) The mysterious and mesmerizing Narcissister hosts the dazzling second episode. Highlights include: SSION talk show and performance; experimental performances from Erica Gressman & Mikey McParlane; an interview with Narcissister; a musical performance by House of Ladosha; and other surprises! Dani Lamorte & Suzie Silver TQTV SPECIAL PROGRAM: MARIA DENOLT (2014, 14 min, digital) Maria Denolt, art critic, lecturer, and lofty person, shares the enlightenment of contemporary art with simpletons just like you. Maria visited the Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in February 2014 to provide a brief tour of highlights from the exhibition. Benefit from her vast knowledge and unparalleled powers of artistic understanding. Total running time: ca. 75 min. [PLEASE NOTE: We've added a second screening of the TRANS-Q TV program, on Mon, Mar 25 at 7:30! This screening will happen in place of STRONG ISLAND, which unfortunately can not be shown at this time.]

    San Francisco, CA United States: San Francisco Art Institute
    7:30 PM, 800 Chestnut St
    SFAI Film Department x Canyon: Scott Stark
    The San Francisco Art Institute Film Department and Canyon Cinema Present a series of 50th Anniversary Screenings: Celebrating 50 Years of Filmmaking at SFAI! Doors 7:00 // Showtime 7:30. Filmmaker Scott Stark will show a selection of his Super-8mm and Regular 8mm films from the 1980s, screened here as newly-scanned high resolution digital versions that offer scale and detail not always seen in the celluloid originals. These early small-gauge works are experiments in the magical capabilities of the 8mm film camera, and are comprised of images and sounds derived from the commonplace: garish elements surgically extracted from the patina of popular culture. Sometimes shot in public spaces with a wry element of performance, the artifice of the films’ constructions is laid bare, the camera being a participant as much as an observer, making each film a record of its own process of production. Program features: Texturale (1984, 7 minutes, S8 to digital) Probability (1985, 6 minutes, S8 to digital) Rescission (1980, 5 minutes, S8 to digital) Language (1984, 6 minutes, S8 to digital) Crazy (1987, 3 minutes, S8 to digital) Tie Film (1985, 3 minutes, S8 to digital) Detector (1987, 3 minutes, S8 to digital) Splitting You Splitting Me Still (1988, 7 minutes, 8mm to digital) Urban Archeology #1 (1982, 15 minutes, S8 to digital) Low Resolution TV (1986, 5 minutes, S8 to digital) I'll Walk With God (1994, 8 minutes, 16mm) Home Film (1984, 7 minutes, S8 to digital) --- This screening is the second of four taking place at the SFAI Lecture Hall in March and April to celebrate the legacy of SFAI's Film Department. Each screening will feature the work of artists who have studied or taught at the college, along with films they select from the Canyon Cinema catalog. March 11 - Curt McDowell with Mark Ellinger; March 25 - Scott Stark; April 3 - Kerry Laitala; April 10 - Mike Henderson

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    3:00pm, North Quad space 2345, 105 S State St
    Off the Screen!
    This reception for North Quad exhibitions features work by Tess Elliot, Eric Souther, and student work.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    8:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium, 603 E Liberty St
    Films in Competition 1
    These contemporary experimental, documentary, and animated films feature fragmented memories, a collideorscape, cosmic and subatomic realms depicted with everyday objects, the spectacle of fog, a surreal landscape of great beauty, and altered perception after a heart transplant. Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: Crux (Alexandre Roy), Fest (Nikita Diakur), Solar Walk (Réka Bucsi), Mudanza Contemporánea (Teo Guillem), BINARY STARS (Andrew Busti), Fever Freaks (Frédéric Moffet), SELFIES (Claudius Gentinetta), Edge (Steven Subotnick), Here East (Tessa Garland), observation of hawks in the sky (Daniel Asadi Faezi), Supermarket (Gianluca Abbate).

    Brooklyn, NY United States: Light Industry
    8:00 PM, 155 Freeman St
    An Evening with Marilyn Nance an Al Santana
    Co-presented with the Luminal Theater Voices of the Gods, Al Santana, 1985, 16mm, 60 mins “A thought-provoking and potentially controversial exploration of the role African religion has come to play in the quest for self-knowledge and liberation.” - Greg Tate A classic of black independent cinema and a nuanced analysis of modern spirituality, Al Santana’s Voices of the Gods profiles contemporary American followers of the Akan and Yoruba religions, two West African traditions that have long been practiced in the United States, in part as a means to reconnect with ancient histories. Santana interviews priests and other members of the two faiths, allowing them to explain in detail the theological and cosmological underpinnings of their beliefs and speak to the significance and utility of traditional music, dance, and medicine, as well as describe their own personal pathways into practices that are often misunderstood by popular culture. The film takes viewers from Akan rituals performed among the brownstones of Brooklyn to scenes of daily life in the Yoruba village of Oyotunji in South Carolina, including an Egungun ancestral communion ceremony; sequences from Christian churches meanwhile illuminate the legacy of African devotional vocabularies. Shot during the Reagan 80s, Voices of the Gods at times gives the sense of a political movement that has come to look inward, to enter into, as Amiri Baraka wrote, in a poem that would serve as the film’s preamble, “the ancient image, into a new correspondence with ourselves and our black family.” Photographer Marilyn Nance worked as a producer on Voices of the Gods, and photos she took during its production—remarkable in both their precise formal achievement and piercing humanist eye—became part of a larger body of work on African American religious experience, which she would later draw together for an exhibition at the Studio Museum in 1994. Tonight, Light Industry will present a screening of Santana’s film along with a slide presentation by Nance about her project, providing a revealing dual perspective on a common subject. Followed by a conversation with Nance, Santana, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden.

    Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room, 603 E Liberty St
    HAPPINESS IS A WARM PROJECTOR: Films by Bryan Konefsky
    For years, Bryan Konefsky’s moving-image work has struggled with the discomfort of being a citizen-consumer within the trajectory of the United States’s bankrupt history of spiritual righteousness, entitlement, and hubris. The structure of these cinematic interventions often takes the form of essay films or what Mis ALT screening series curator Tessa Siddle characterizes as “conversations with the mirror.” At their worst, these works could be categorized as solipsistic. At their best, these short films consider what filmmaker Trinh Minh-ha describes as the value of storytelling as history.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    5:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room, 603 E Liberty St
    Last Days of Chinatown with Church Street, We Are Still Here
    In Last Days of Chinatown (Nicole Macdonald), when the largest sports development in the country takes over Detroit, one place is built; another, erased. And in Church Street, We Are Still Here (David Donar), Church Street was a thriving center for African American commerce in Anderson, South Carolina, from around 1907 until 1980, when most of the buildings were torn down to make way for a parking lot. The citizens on Church Street were educated professionals and business owners who served as role models.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    5:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium, 603 E Liberty St
    Films in Competition 2
    These contemporary experimental, documentary, and animated films feature fragmented memories, a collideorscape, cosmic and subatomic realms depicted with everyday objects, the spectacle of fog, a surreal landscape of great beauty, and altered perception after a heart transplant. Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: 'It all came to pass, All fell into my hands like a five-petalled leaf, But there has to be more' (Sergei Sviatchenko and Noriko Okaku), 'As Above, So Below' (Cooper Holoweski), 'TÅKE' (Inger Lise Hansen), 'ANATOPIES' (Jean-Baptiste Decavèle), 'Reverie of the Puppets' (Kathy Rose), 'The Cage of Sand' (Edward Rankus).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room, 603 E Liberty St
    Ethnographic Frictions
    The films in this program push hard against the walls of epistemological givens and scholarly conventions to open up new ways of exploring and understanding our world. Often in ways both subtle and penetrating, they offer pointed reflection on – as well as critique of – the very purpose and forms of ethnography. Though in conversation with the conventions and histories of ethnographic film and anthropological endeavors, the people who made these films – including anthropologists, filmmakers, artists, dancers, choreographers, musicians, poets, and novelists – exceed and defy the limits of a disciplinary purview, and their contributions expand the modes through which we convey, document, and express the human condition. Curated and presented by Dr. Julia Yezbick.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium, 603 E Liberty St
    Films in Competition 3
    These contemporary experimental, documentary, and animated films feature a sometimes fatal cyberharassment phenomenon, a winter and spring, a drone’s-eye view of wolves, a PowerPoint poem, a protesting Roma community, America’s first circus elephant, corporate agriculture, and a message from your leader. Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: 'Swatted' (Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis), 'Imperial Valley' (cultivated run-off) (Lukas Marxt), Deochiul (Lenore Kasper), 'Pictured Rocks' (Jack Cronin), 'A Comfortable Hole' (Fulla Abdul-Jabbar), 'Wolves From Above' (Demelza Kooij), 'The Elephant's Song' (Lynn Tomlinson).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room, 603 E Liberty St
    Closing Time
    Closing Time (Nicole Vögele). Three a.m., Zhongzheng Road, Taipei. The traffic of a 24/7-society throbs through the metropolis in constant waves. Bordered by a multi-lane through street with a big freeway towering above it lies the night eatery Little Plates with Rice. Here Mr. Kuo and his wife Mrs. Lin cook for the city’s sleepless. They work at night and sleep through the days – trying to keep afloat.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium, 603 E Liberty St
    Films in Competition 4
    These contemporary experimental, documentary, and animated films feature the reflexivity of space, ghosts of childhood disillusionment, the magnified details of ink skulls and printed media, and a poem for absurdist times. Also, in live cinema performances, Jason and Debora Bernagozzi debut a new meditation on the unseen world of biological processes, and Michaela Grill and Sophie Trudeau explore audiovisual worlds filled with fragile structures of melody and shadows of images. Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: 'Bottom of the 6th Expos vs Mets July 3', (Allan Brown), 'Tetra Rotate' (Andy Mascaro), 'BIRD MILK' (Christopher Strickler), 'Where the Truth Lies' (Diane Nerwen). And live cinema performances: 'Ritual for Biological Media' (Debora and Jason Bernagozzi), 'gilmmer' (Sophie Trudeau and Michaela Grill).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:15, Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty Street
    Michaela Grill / Sophie Trudeau
    an evening of sound and vision with internationally acclaimed luminaries Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Sophie Trudeau and Austrian Filmmaker Michaela Grill. https://trudeaugrill.wordpress.com/

    Seattle, Washington: Engauge Experimental Film Festival
    7:30 pm, Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue
    Engauge presents: A 16mm Monument to Mekas
    Engauge Experimental Film Festival, in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum, celebrates the life, legacy and work of Jonas Mekas (1922-2019), curated by Jon Behrens. The website Sense of Cinema calls Mekas the “midwife of the New York IndependentCinema”(http://sensesofcinema.com/2005/great- directors/mekas/), a term he preferred, and a more accurate description of his influence than the usual label “godfather.” Curator, critic, filmmaker, and enthusiastic patron of other filmmakers, Mekas was part of a small group of New York-based filmmakers who founded the journal Film Culture, the Filmmakers Coop, a distribution center for independent films, and the Anthology Film Archive, an institution devoted to preserving and screening such work throughout the year. His contemporaries and co-conspirators included Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, Robert Frank, and Marie Menken. Independent, artist-made, noncommercial, avant-garde, underground, experimental (whatever you want to call it) film would not be the same without Jonas Mekas’s midwifery. Works in this program, all screened on 16mm: “Cassis” (1966, 4 minutes); “Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol” (1982, 35 minutes); “Notes on the Circus” (1966, 12 minutes); and “Happy Birthday to John” (1996, 24 minutes).

    Thursday, March 28, 2019
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    7:15pm: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium, 603 E Liberty St
    Films in Competition 5: Out Night
    The 18th celebration of queer cinema at AAFF spotlights recent experimental films with LGBTQ themes, featuring reflections on being out while feeling the strong urge to reenter the closet; a performative exploration of gender; intersections of memory, identity, and queer desire; the oldest fun park in Beirut; an alternative mode of retrieving and disseminating a trans past; two young men who try to figure out their relationship; and trivial histories of the crumbling infrastructure of Memphis, Tennessee. Featuring films: 'Mom's Clothes' (Jordan Wong), 'Pirate Boys' (Pol Merchan), 'La Mesa' (Adrian Garcia Gomez), 'Three Centimeters' (Laura Zeidan), 'beside the water', 1999–2004 (Finn Paul), 'Flowers' (Vado Vergara), 'The Eddies' (Madsen Minax). Programmed by Sean Donovan.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room, 603 E Liberty St
    Stacy Steers: Animation and Surrealism
    Stacey Steers presents four short animated films spanning 20 years of process-focused filmmaking. In her handmade films, Steers experiments with new forms of animation in the surrealist tradition, using found footage in a novel way to create provocative narratives. Her mesmerizing films move with a stream-of-consciousness fluidity and summon disquieting dreamscapes drawn from allegory, myth, and archetype.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    5:10pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium, 603 E Liberty St
    Meow Wolf
    The speaker series presents the Meow Wolf Collective, represented by two of its members: Chris Cloud (Meow Wolf marketing director) and Morgan Capps (co-director of the film Meow Wolf: Origin Story). Founded in 2008 as an art collective for DIY artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Meow Wolf creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. Housed in a converted bowling alley, Meow Wolf welcomes members of the general public into their fantastical world of art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content. Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return is a unique art experience featuring an astonishing new form of non-linear storytelling that unfolds through exploration, discovery, and 21st-century interactivity to inspire visitors of all ages. The group’s 2018 independent documentary film, Meow Wolf: Origin Story, takes viewers through the meteoric rise of the penniless, anarchic art collective as it attracted the support of author George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), morphing into a multimillion dollar corporation in just a few short years. Meow Wolf: Origin Story will be the Midnight Movie on Friday, March 29.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room, 603 E Liberty St
    Found Sounds: A Retrospective of Barbara Meter’s Avant-Garde Films
    In the early 1970s, Barbara Meter – who was born in the Netherlands in 1939 – co-founded the Electric Cinema as a critical response to the commercialization of film production and programming. Run by members of the Amsterdamse Film Coop and the Studio for the Development of Film and Film Manifestations, the theater became the epicenter of Dutch independent and avant-garde filmmaking. At the Electric Cinema, Meter curated international avant-garde and expanded cinema programs. She later co-created Political Kinema and made documentaries as part of activist and feminist movements. In her avant-garde films, Meter pushes the cinematic medium forward with her unique way of repurposing documents and audio recordings, utilizing an innovative, masterful application of optical printing techniques. After many years of work, the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam has preserved Meter’s films in all their delicacy and complexity. Tonight’s all-celluloid special program is curated and presented by Monica Savirón and organized in partnership with EYE Filmmuseum.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room, 603 E Liberty St
    Wonders Wander with Succulent Humans
    In Succulent Humans (Luciano Zubillaga and Dew Kim), a mysterious camaraperson stalks queer performer hornyhonydew (aka artist Dew Kim) from a skyscraper overlooking Beijing's Central Television Building, and opens up to another dimension of spacetime, where narrative is replaced by telepathic voices about aliens, sexual monsters, and the queerest of battles. And Wonders Wander (Shu Lea Cheang) is a location-based mobi-web-serial with four fictional episodes set in Madrid. Departing from the city’s Malasaña Barrio – which became known as Maravillas (Wonders) during the 1980s countercultural movement known as La Movida Madrileña – Wonders Wander takes the wonders out of Malasaña to explore the off-the-mainstream nouveau queer generation.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium, 603 E Liberty St
    Films in Competition 6
    Programmed by emeritus AAFF manager Woody Sempliner, these contemporary experimental, documentary, and animated films feature Spiral Jetty; traces performed and captured by a scanner; a near-death experience; a historic black barbershop in Wilmington, North Carolina; a 12-year-old living with a sister, mother, and some men; the Finnish countryside; liminal zones; and a salient summary. Recent experimental, documentary, and animated films: 'Running in Circles' (Ei Toshinari and Duy Nguyen), 'Traces with Elikem' (Ariana Gerstein), 'The Motorcyclist' (Ben Bruhmuller), 'Walker's' (Kyle Myers-Haugh), 'Je sors acheter des cigarettes' (Osman Cerfon), 'Hämeenkyrö Redux' (Scott Northrup), 'Screen' (Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller), 'Mattress@Day' (Jakub Kalousek)

    Berlin, Germany: Directors Lounge
    21:00, Z-Bar, Bergstraße 2, 10115 Berlin-Mitte, Germany
    Directors Lounge Screening - Maria Korporal - Lines in Between the Maze
    Metaphors combine beauty with a call for a better life. The Berlin artist Maria Korporal studied in the Netherlands and was working and living in Italy until 2013. Her videos, installations and performances show a strong technical affinity, while at the same time, the content of her works often criticizes the Western and economically oriented civilization. Her films are hybrid combinations of recorded video footage, animated text and digital animations from drawings and photographs. Often inspired by lyrics, they could be read as visual poetry or video aphorisms. The short narratives also remind of fable tales from another age, addressing contemporary issues of love, gender and nature. -°*°- The artist will be present for Q&A. Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr -°*°- -°*°- Artist Link: https://www.mariakorporal.com/ -°*°- Links: Directors Lounge  http://www.directorslounge.net -°*°- Richfilm  http://www.richfilm.de/currentUpload/ -°*°- Z-Bar  http://www.z-bar.de

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    6:45 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    ELECTRICITY / COMMUNICATIONS FILM PROGRAM
    This program showcases a handful of extraordinary sponsored films by the likes of Ermanno Olmi, Toshio Matsumoto, and Edgar Reitz, all on the subject of electrical or other communications networks. These films are paired with an experimental film by Lithuanian filmmaker Deimantas Narkevicius, as well as a masterpiece of 1970s Yugoslavian nonfiction cinema - HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICIANS, which unforgettably documents the installation of electrical lines high above a country valley - and Nell Cox's OPERATOR, a short film shot by the great vérité pioneer Richard Leacock. Ermanno Olmi TRE FILI FINO A MILANO (THREE LINES TO MILAN) (1958, 25 min. Archival print courtesy of the Cineteca Nazionale.) Toshio Matsumoto THE RECORD OF A LONG WHITE LINE / SHIROI NAGAI SEN NO KIROKU (1960, 13 min, 35mm-to-digital) Edgar Reitz COMMUNICATION / KOMMUNIKATION - TECHNIK DER VERSTÄNDIGUNG (1961, 11 min, 35mm. Archival print courtesy of the Deutsche Kinemathek.) Ranko Stanišić HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICIANS / PENJAČI (1978, 13 min, 16mm) Deimantas Narkevicius ENERGY LITHUANIA (2000, 17 min, Super-8mm-to-digital) Nell Cox OPERATOR (1969, 15 min, 16mm. Photographed by Richard Leacock. Print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Screened courtesy of the AT&T Archives and History Center.) Total running time: ca. 100 min.

    San Francisco, CA United States: San Francisco Cinematheque
    7:30 PM, 701 Mission St
    Imaging the Avant-Garde: Taiwan's Film Experiments of the 1960s
    curated and presented by EMILY CHAO live performance by AMMA ATERIA Tonight’s program derives from a five-part series curated by Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF), with support from the Taiwan Film Institute. In 2016, curators at TIDF conducted an exhaustive search for Taiwan’s experimental films of the 1960s, unearthing a striking body of largely forgotten works. Highly innovative and reflective of contemporary Taiwanese politics and culture, the works themselves embody a formal diversity which not only expands canons and challenges the definition of cinema but also sketches the rough edges of a generation’s own sense of modern film. Tonight’s program—curated by Emily Chao as part of Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2019 on Tour—presents a selection of films from TIDF’s comprehensive series, accompanied by live musical performance by Amma Ateria. SCREENING: RUN (1966) by Han Hsiang-ning; LIFE CONTINUED (1966) by Chuang Ling; GETTING READY FOR THE FESTIVAL (1967) by Long Sih-liang; A MORNING IN TAIPEI (1964) by Pai Ching-jui; THE MOUNTAIN (1966) by Richard Yao-chi Chen. This program is presented in association with Light Field, Center for Asian American Media, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco (TECOSF).

    Friday, March 29, 2019
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    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1.00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Juror Presentation: Triple Consciousness: Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu [FREE]
    The politics of representation depend on dismantling monolithic, reductive, and “Western”-centric renderings of exoticism and otherness in identities. This presentation looks at work by filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu, whose films address a collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a triple consciousness. This third identity – or consciousness – of the African immigrant transitions between avant-garde cinema, fine art, and African tradition to complicate the nature of identity. Owusu’s documentary essay and experimental film work – with its varied use of archival material, direct animation, and staged scenes – examines the construction of historical memory and cultural identity.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    10.00am - 12.00pm, Space 2435 North Quad
    Out of Step! Out of Line!!
    Film Screening & Discussion. The University of Michigan Department of Film, Television, and Media in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts presents top alternative work by students.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    12:00am, State Theater
    Midnight Movie: Meow Wolf: Origin Story
    Directed by Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller, this independent 2018 documentary takes viewers through the meteoric rise of a penniless, anarchic art collective (including the featured presenters at the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, March 28) as it attracts the support of author George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), morphing into a multimillion dollar corporation in just a few short years.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    3:00 – 5:00pm, Space 2435 North Quad
    Film Art Forum: A dozen six-minute presentations by AAFF filmmakers [FREE]
    In this Pecha Kucha-style event, filmmakers and other festival guests present 20 slides for 20 seconds each, resulting in a dozen six-minute talks by film artists. The subject matter varies, with all presentations aiming to promote an in-depth exploration of cinema as an art form and to encourage further discussion that nurtures the AAFF community.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    5:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 7
    These recent experimental, documentary, and animated films feature an encounter with a mysterious substance; a ruined subway station; the son of a shaman in the mountains of Nayarit, Mexico; a distant future; a months-long dialogue between a woman and a prisoner; two women reminiscing; and grey suede sheep on crumbly green meadows. Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars (Charlotte Pryce), Mr. Deer (Mojtaba Mousavi), La Sombra de un Dios / A God’s Shadow (Bernhard Hetzenauer), M52 (Yves Paradis), Still from afar (Eva van Tongeren), We Were Hardly More Than Children (Cecelia Condit), A Return (James Edmonds).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    5.00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Becoming Myself (Special Program)
    “Becoming” is a progressive process. “Myself” is a clear statement with a gender-neutral identity. The association of “becoming” with “myself” identifies the process and progress of coming to terms with oneself and aspiring to be a super-persona. The Chinese translation, Ben Zun (the enlightened), refers to the state of man(woman)hood with surreal power. This ascent to becoming oneself is elaborated in these nine artists’ video works. Audiences can feel their acute senses and sensibilities at living in a tumultuous time of instability, insecurity, and inconsequentiality. From these artists’ perspectives, we discover the representation and fruition of becoming oneself embodied in the motivations for seeking an identity/individuality with freedom, independence, recognition, trust, and love. Programmed and presented by Zhang Fang.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Caballerango with Phantom Ride Phantom (Feature in Competition)
    From a “simple” camera pan…through a journey into a ghostly realm…to a veritable trip: Phantom Ride Phantom (Siegfried A. Fruhauf) carries out these three steps with cinematographic verve and technical finesse. And, in the Mexican village of Milpillas, a family remembers the last day they saw their youngest child, Nando, a lifelong horse wrangler. Exploring a rural community’s daily rituals, Caballerango (Juan Pablo González) evokes the presence of those who have parted.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 8
    These recent experimental, documentary, and animated films feature every possible—or impossible—thing; baby cries; a poltergeist semaphore; a lifelong journey into art, ecofeminism, and shamanism; birdmen in search of the place where the sun rises; damaged frames from the only remaining nitrate reel of a lost film; memories and psychological spaces from growing up during a digital communications revolution; slow dancing; and a search through time while meditating on the present. Sparky (Xinbaonuzi 心宝努子), WAAH (Sawako Kabuki), d. a. n. c. e. f. o. r. y. o. u. r. d. a. d. d. y. (Katharine Fry), Gloria's Call (Cheri Gaulke), Meteorite (Mauricio Sáenz), Flame (Sami Van Ingen), 2MissedCalls (LNZ), Slower (Kelly Gallagher), The Nature of Memory (Sean Quirk)

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:00 pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Two A.M. with STREAM (Feature in Competition)
    In STREAM (Jan Brugger), David Copperfield (circa 1992) removes his assistant’s head from her body while Venus (a modern parody of both Cabanel’s and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus) squeezes a ThighMaster and swipes through her iPhone in a constructed cyber-cerebral landscape. And, set in the fringes of contemporary Berlin, Two A.M. (Loretta Fahrenholz) is a hallucinogenic fairy tale about peer-to-peer surveillance. Based on Irmgard Keun’s 1937 novel After Midnight, which narrates the rise of the Nazis from a young woman’s perspective, Two A.M. fever-dreams its way through a world of shifting desires, telepathic voyeurism, and ritualistic mind control, while exploring new ideas of post-cinema.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:00pm, Michigan Theater Grand Foyer
    Dressing Up + Down by Professor Rebekah Modrak and U-M students from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design [FREE]
    Before and after the screening of Films in Competition 9: Animation (scheduled for 9:15pm), U-M students in the Stamps School class Dressing Up + Down will appear in the wearable art that they have designed and built. These costumes were inspired by the iconic short animation Quasi at the Quackadero, created by artist Sally Cruikshank and shown in 1976 at the 14th AAFF. Working from pre-existing garments to turn the ordinary into the unconventional, students drew inspiration from elements in the film including Anita’s affectations; the whimsical, oblique architecture and wallpaper; 1970s fashion; characters that defy human and animal forms; and Cruikshank’s rendering of movement and impact through bursting stars and gusts of clouds. The costumes will remain on display on the mezzanine level of the Michigan Theater throughout the remainder of the festival.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 9: Animation
    These recent animated films from near and far include two anthropomorphic ducks and a pet robot at an amusement park; resonating cycles of rhythm; persuasion and deception for personal gain; a family visiting a funeral home; two drawings of the same situation; memory loss, errors, surveillance, and addiction; the magnetic sun; a train ride across Canada; a hidden world of glittering debris; a mortality-infused landscape; the self of a form that is no longer singular; time and emotion; the limitation of our perceiving systems; and sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets. Quasi and the Quackadero (Sally Cruikshank), TV (Richard Reeves), Confidence Game (Kathleen Quillian), HEDGE (Amanda Bonaiuto), Intermediate Landscapes (Richard Negre), 32-Rbit (Victor Orozco Ramirez), Sun Zoom Spark (Gina Kamentsky), Cow Palace (Julian Gallese), Silver Seeds (Kim Collmer), Rabbit Tracks (Luke Jaeger), Smoke's Last Thought (Miranda Javids), Shape of the Moment (Mateusz Sadowski), Maze of Noumenon (Tianran Duan), Under Covers (Michaela Olsen).

    Guelph, CA: R.I.C.A.
    7pm, 5 gordon street, unit 107
    Michaela Grill / Sophie Trudeau
    an evening of sound and vision with internationally acclaimed luminaries Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Sophie Trudeau and Austrian Filmmaker Michaela Grill. https://trudeaugrill.wordpress.com/

    San Francisco, California: ANALOGICA
    8PM, 992 Valencia Street 94110
    Analogica Selection 8
    ANALOGICA SELECTION is the annual short film program promoted by ANALOGICA, a platform and non- profit organization based in Italy and dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of analog practices in visual and sonic experiments. Intertropical vision by Adriana Vila Guevara 4'40'' / colour, sound, 16mm / 2018 / Spain-Venezuela Contrary to the standardization of a single hegemonic point of view, the “center” in the tropics is not the whole. It is the starting point of a powerful range of visions. This is a trip into the core of its multiple indomitable condition. Adriana Vila Guevara Venezuelan filmmaker, artist and anthropologist. Her work moves between the realms of documentary creation, ethnographic studies and experimental filmmaking. Focused on the materiality and immateriality of film in diverse forms (as screening, performance, and installation). She has screened her film work at relevant festivals and art centers, in Europe, North America and Latin America. Is co-founder of the independent analog film lab Crater-Lab, were other than developing her creative film work she teaches and curates experimental film programs and workshops. I Think You Should Come to America by Kamila Kuc 20' 25'' / super8,16mm, found footage / experimental, documentary / 2018 / UK Using 16mm archival footage, excerpts from my letters from a Native American prisoner, documentation of my own involvement with the Movement for the Supporters of Native American Indian Rights in Poland, the film explores a paradoxical fascination of the Poles behind the Iron Curtain with the ideal of America as a ‘land of freedom.’ I Think You Should Come to America investigates the cultural conditions in which memories are created. While critically evaluating my own enchantment with America, as a teenage girl from Communist Poland, I interrogate various patterns of perception in order to produce a form of reflection that is personal and political. The film uses numerous American educational films to expose the patterns of cultural (mis)representation. Thus the film brings together a network of complex cultural forces that wish to find their expression in the act of historical and personal self-inscription. Kamila Kuc, Ph.D., MFA, is a filmmaker, writer and curator. Her films have screened in venues and at film festivals nationally and internationally. She is the author of Visions of Avant-Garde Film (Indiana University Press, 2016). Anche in paradiso non è bello essere soli (Even in paradise it is not good to be alone) by Lorenzo Gattorna / 8' 6'' / normal8 / experimental / documentary / 2017 / USA - Italy In memory of Nonno Pierino Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker, instructor and programmer from New York. Grabados del Ojo Nocturno by Jean-Jacques Martinod 6' 40'' / super8, 16mm / experimental, documentary / 2016 / Ecuador, Morocco A collage of collected imagery turned ritual travelogue: from the Sahara to the oceans of South America, passing through an old ancestors abode. Jean-Jacques Martinod is a filmmaker from Guayaquil, Ecuador. His films oscillate between traditions using experiments in celluloid film, analogue tape, digital media, and archival footage. He currently resides in Montreal, Canada, where he is a member of both the Centre for Expanded Poetics and the Global Emergent Media Lab. _galore by Bernd Lützeler 8' 30'' / 16mm / experimental, documentary / 2018 / Germany The streetscapes of contemporary Indian metros are largely dominated by products. The typical local shop can be described as a windowless, rectangular box. Stepping into such a shop can be like entering a new world: Filled with products galore up to the ceiling. The product itself serves as the interior design. Shopping galore. Products galore. Profits galore. Artist and filmmaker Bernd Lützeler lives and works between Berlin and Mumbai. In his work he explores moving image techniques in relation with their form and perception. He is an active member of the artist-run analogue filmlab LaborBerlin. His films have been shown at prominent locations around the world - such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Berlin International Film Festival or at Ann Arbor Film Festival. Blending and blinding by Richard Tuohy, Dianne Barrie 11' / 16mm / experimental / Australia / 2018 Screens and partitions; windows and shutters; grids, curves and arches. Three peoples, one country: Malaysia. Richard Tuohy is one of the most active experimental film artists currently working on celluloid in Australia. He runs Nanolab in Australia – the specialist small gauge film processing laboratory. He actively encourages other artists to work with cine film through his Artist Film Workshop initiative (see artistfilmworkshop.org). He is also a founding director of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival. Dianna Barrie is an experimental filmmaker. She found her way into filmmaking as a middle ground between the pursuit of abstract music and philosophy. Together with Richard Tuohy she established Nanolab, which is a hand-processing lab for super-8 black-and-white and colour reversal film. This exploration has spread beyond individual work to the establishment of the Artist Film Workshop. Nutrition Fugue by Péter Lichter 04' / 35mm found footage / experimental / documentary / 2018 / Hungary "Közért" (translation: "for the public") was a government owned chain of stores in Hungary, during the communist era (1948-1989). The word Közért is still used in the Hungarian language. Our film was made from the 35 mm celluloid raw footage of its advertisement: the film strips were digged in the soil, rotten with food and cut up in pieces. Péter Lichter is an experimental filmmaker. He publicated two poetry books at the age of 16 and 20. He studied film history and film theory at the ELTE University, Budapest. He writes his PhD-thesis about the relationship of american avante-garde cinema and the science-fiction movies. Peter makes short, found-footage, abstract experimentals and lyrical documentaries since 2002. His films were screened at festivals and venues like: Tribeca Film Festival - New York; Rotterdam IFF; Oberhausen Film Festival; Cinema 16 - New York; EXiS - Seoul; VideoEX - Zurich; MisALT – San Francisco; MIA - Los Angeles; Angers Premier Plans; Klex – Kuala Lumpur; Director Lounge – Berlin; Hungarian Film Week, etc. He is also one of the editors of the Prizma film-periodical. Peter frequently collaborates with composer Ádám Márton Horváth. analogica.org

    Saturday, March 30, 2019
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    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    <3 and Landscape of Absence
    Across different genres and eras of Western film history, female protagonists from 70 well-known movies set out in search of each other in Landscape of Absense (Verena Looser and Melina Weissenborn). In <3 (LNZ), a loosely woven, spiraling death odyssey of the night, LNZ’s body moves through different forms of digital imagery until finally being uploaded to the Internet to live forever. Formally, it’s a 60-minute selfie, lol. It’s also a coming-of-age story in a technological communications revolution where love gets uploaded, digitally dislocated, unseen, and lost, bit by bit, into an asynchronous Internet landscape <3

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 11
    Mixed-genre program featuring organizations and movements that embrace change; a real-life story that happened during the Abkhazian war; squares, sound, and speed; bodies in motion, bodies at rest, life, death, and black resilience; a deceased grandmother; a remote community; and a Belgian missionary who falls in love with a Rwandan girl. New Panther: A Call for Action (Sage Love and Nola Asantewaa), Armed Lullaby (Yana Ugrekhelidze), Sonant (Timothy David Orme), Sketches and Portraits for Jean-Michel (Ephraim Asili), Girls Grow Up Drawing Horses (Joanie Wind), Winter in Eden (Maren Hahnfeld), The Yellow Mazda and His Holiness (Sandra Heremans).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    11:00am, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 10: Almost All Ages (Ages 6+)
    Mixed-genre, family-friendly films featuring a band of survivors; truth and beauty at the landfill; freshwater ecosystems; the sun's energy; a grain silo; Ethiopia; another's point of view; laser-cut stencils; true love; and imagination. A family-friendly program of narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films: Clean Slate (David Opdyke), The Art of Living While Being Left Behind (Claudia Franzen), Water Cycle (Tom Hansell), Orbit (Tess Martin), Silo (Gina Kamentskey), Circus Movements (Lukas Berger and Mário Gajo de Carvalho), Jane La Onda – “Fly” (TRLLM (K8 Howl, Jak Ritger)), RGBebop / Anthropology (Luigi Allemano), Code Ruth (Caroline Voagen Nelson), DREAMLAND (Mirai Mizue).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    3:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Remnants of a Dream (Special Program)
    There are five types of memory: long-term, short-term, explicit, implicit, and autobiographical. Through these forms of memory, we retain a limited amount of information. Memory never recaptures reality. Memory reconstructs reality. Reconstructions change the original, becoming external frames of reference that inevitably fail. Seldom do we fully remember our dreams after sleep, only remnants. These remnants are reconstructed into a new narrative that our memory shapes. Remnants of A Dream is a short film program that functions as a recollection of global black experiences. Our memory can be a rekindling of the moments that shook us most – a pool party gone wrong, a summer on the brink, a disaster within the days of youth, our ancestral struggles, and our own desires. ​Memories are infinite time capsules, repurposed, and passed on. We must will ourselves to confront the memories that affect us the most.​ The brevity of the 10 films included in this program spark the rekindling and manipulation of memories toward paths of healing. Curated and presented by Amir George.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    3:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 12
    Mixed-genre program featuring a landscape film; machine consciousness; an attempt to make work in a foreign land; hyperpersonalized ads; dark stairways; species, kingdoms, and realms; proximities; and an 89-year-old marketing gimmick. he Air of the Earth in Your Lungs (Ross Meckfessel), The Redness of Red (Emily Downe), Between Relating and Use (Nazli Dinçel), Call of Comfort (Brenda Lien), Haus der Regierung / Government House (Herwig Weiser), Realms (Patrik Söderlund), The Moons of Paliver (Eric Gaucher), Driving Dinosaurs (Emma Piper-Burket).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    5:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Nothing or Everything (Feature in Competition)
    In both the past and the present, two people walk deep into a mountain forest. For these two women born and raised in the city, there is no place more unfamiliar. It is a place where all kinds of living things are breathing. In Nothing or Everything (Gyeol Kim), two people in the present climb the mountain, following two people from the past.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    5:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    My Friend the Polish Girl with Object Dream and CUT COPY SPHINX (Feature in Competition)
    In Object Dream (Kyungwon Song), the process of drawing images on an object and moving them is a process of animating – of bringing them to life. As they become a subject, they become animated, and eventually, we can watch what they dream about. CUT COPY SPHINX (Virginia Lee Montgomery) is a surreal, sculptural short art film about metaphysics, myth, and destruction. A feminist twist on the classical myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx, CUT COPY SPHINX recasts the sphinx as the uncanny hero who endures “cuts” across time. Shot en plein air on a miniature prop set with a DeWalt drill and a gallon of honey, CUT COPY SPHINX syncs philosophy, feminism, and image theory. Cannes and Telluride nominee Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek create a fiction film that takes the form of a first-time filmmaker’s documentary. My Friend the Polish Girl borrows from cinema verité and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. The result is a fiction film that watches as an experimental documentary told through the eyes (and lens) of amateur filmmaker Katie Broughton.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Looking in the Mirror, I See Me – Early Women’s Video Art from the Video Data Bank Collection (Special Program)
    "The emergence of video art tools in the late 1960s and early 1970s paved the way for outstanding art works by women. Captivated by the relative accessibility, portability, and immediacy of Sony’s Video Portapak system, female artists began to experiment with the video format. Often taking a direct-to-camera approach, many of the resulting works reflect the burgeoning feminist movement in the U.S. at the time. The videos in this program, all made by women artists active in the 1970s – video’s first decade – occupy a number of positions and points of view in relation to women’s role in society." – Abina Manning, VDB Executive Director

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    7:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 13
    Mixed-genre program featuring a search for a bathroom; a ghost; a lost time and place; show dogs; ritualistic production of energy; a love and a loss; sun, moon, wind; one thing leading to another; a spam email collection; a nameless character reacting to iBooks; and sounds of slates, splices, and noise. Random Thoughts (Steven Vander Meer), Underbelly Up (Joshua Yates), Eastern District Terminal (Michael Gitlin), Winners Bitch (Sam Gurry), Burkina Brandenburg Komplex (Ulu Braun), horses in the year of the dog (Terra Long), sun moon wind plant animal (Tom Bartlett), A Sequence of Events (Michael Edwards), Hi I Need to Be Loved (Marnie Ellen Hertzler), iBooks (Sarah Odile Postic), Begin (Craig Smith).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    Wada’s World: Wrestling with Existence (Special Program)
    Wada Atsushi is one of the top animators in Japan. This is not that highly conventionalized and capitalized animation also known as anime. Rather, Wada presents his own strange, wonderful, and instantly recognizable world through his .3mm sharp pen. In Wada’s world, humans enjoy a peculiar relationship to the living things around them. His drawings of the animal kingdom may look relatively realistic, but his creatures emit an uncanny sense of anthropomorphization from deep inside their feral forms. Wada writes, “I like animals that give me space for thinking.” Space – or ma in Japanese – is a central concept for Wada’s practice. His visual space has the twisty-turny cyclical structures of Escher, and his soundtrack is punctuated by empty blanks inspired by composer Takemitsu Toru. Thus, ma in Wada’s oeuvre is not a cultural essence, but rather something arriving from Wada’s own artistic sensibility; one can recognize Wada’s world in the first few seconds of a film. Curated and presented by Markus Nornes.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    9:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 14
    Mixed-genre program featuring a labyrinth; a watery spiral world; our obsession with physical perfection; miniature, yet mighty, ant civilizations; the legitimization of sexual violence; a poetic contemplation; failing real estate holdings; and a snowstorm. The Divine Way (La Via Divina) (Ilaria Di Carlo), Hallowstide (Steve Socki), Never Never Land (Michael Fleming), Leafcutters (Catherine Chalmers), Xvideo (Miss Free Collective), Please Come Again (Alisa Yang), Failing Up (Jacqueline Gross), At the Horizon (Manuel Knapp and Makino Takashi).

    San Francisco: Other Cinema
    8pm, 992 Valencia Street
    Sandra Davis/George Kuchar + Greta Snider
    We’re consummating Intl. Women’s Month with the theatrical premiere of That Woman--Sandra Davis dresses up the late great George Kuchar as Barbara Walters, in a mock-TV interview with a Monica Lewinsky look-alike. CO-BILLED: Greta Snider not only answers the call for a reprise of her exquisite A Small Place, but also dusts off her rarely-seen The Magic of Radio, an eye’n’ear-popping exploration of the low-power radio broadcast scene, as personalized as Portland punkettes sending signals just as they pedal their bikes. Just Added: Greta’s in-progress YoJiJuKuGo! PLUS: Kelly Gallagher premieres Slower, her essay on sexual styles, Mexican maestra Ximena Cuevas kicks in De Cuerpo Presente, and Barbara Hammer comes out in her 70s luv-fest Dyketactics. ALSO Diana Sanchez’ Dorothy (Wiley!), Lydia Greer’s Hysteria, Dynasty Handbag’s Break Up Day, and Pussy Riot’s Straight Outta Vagina.*$9

    Sunday, March 31, 2019
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    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room
    vulture with Scaling Quelccaya and Why did you cry when you read that poem (Feature in Competition)
    Why did you cry when you read that poem (Fulla Abdul-Jabbar) explores the rigidity of structure and the quality of form that moves us. Part of a series of PowerPoint poems which re-present the medium as inherently personal and expressive, this performance is interested in how, when you exert unfamiliar pressure on a structure, its irrationality reveals itself. Scaling Quelccaya (Meredith Leich) is a surreal exploration of the melting Quelccaya glacier in Peru and an altered future in Chicago, weaving together 3D animation, satellite imagery, archival NASA footage, and speculative math about climate change and snow. vulture (Philip Hoffman) sets its sight on farm animals, their surrounding flora, and the farming process. Static shots and slow-moving zooms follow the grazing animals in their minute inter-species exchanges. When left to roam together, the sensibilities of these “beasts” are allowed to surface. The film was shot and processed with various means, including flower/plant processing carried out as blooming occurred.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 15
    These recent experimental, documentary, and animated films feature light, time, and decayed film; a sightseeing tour of arctic climate change; and an underground construction site.The Dead Sea Scrolls (Steven Woloshen), On Destruction and Preservation (Maija Blåfield), The Fear of Dying in Transit (Ian Purnell).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    10:00am – 11:00am, Space 2435 North Quad
    What the Hell Was That? moderated by Daniel Herbert
    Moderated by Associate Professor Daniel Herbert – a media scholar on the faculty of the Department of Film, Television, and Media Arts in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan – this panel discussion has been an Ann Arbor Film Festival favorite for more than a decade. It began when a filmmaker overheard an audience member declare, “What the hell was that?” after viewing his film. An enlightening discussion ensued, and the idea for the panel was born. Join visiting filmmakers and other special guests for an opportunity to watch and discuss three short experimental films selected from this year’s festival lineup.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    12:00pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Robert Todd: Matters of Life and Death
    "This program springs from Robert Todd’s showing by the same title at the Boston Paramount Theater in April 2018. It would become his last public appearance. We have chosen to add Shrine, a deeply personal film, to his lineup, which we believe will provide an added dimension and shed some insight on the mind of the artist. Created between April 2017 and January 2018, these films all lean into the tension between unity and distance. Todd described them as “a shared illusion of community, rendered harmoniously, entering the envelope of life, moving through and touching upon its many layers, with their embedded joys and sorrows.” They reveal the developing fabric of the author’s recent life: most edited within the camera, and presented in an order that corresponds to a year of trials and tribulations." – Deb Todd Wheeler

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    3:00pm, Michigan Theater Screening Room (Feature in Competition)
    how we live – messages to the family
    how we live – messages to the family (Gustav Deutsch) is a broad media-archaeological array that takes the form of letter writing: from the first color home movies to video and digital cell-phone images and Skype. Family recordings structure the film like moving postcards, telling of various lives and life paths from the 20th century.

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    3:15pm, Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
    Films in Competition 16
    These recent experimental, documentary, and animated films feature a home filled with rare objects from around the world; scattered voices expressing secret histories; audio appropriated from teen and tween YouTube videos; an intense relationship between two magical tween girls; an impossible gesture of transmutation; and proactive wisdom in the voice of an old elephant. in a free sound field (Monteith McCollum), TROPICS (Mathilde Lavenne), Am I Pretty? (Jennifer Proctor), ICUCICU (Charlotte Hong Bee Her and Giuliana Foulkes), Neither Spring Nor Estuary (Valentina Homem), 60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory (Sasha Pirker and Michael Klein).

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ann Arbor Film Festival
    Various times starting at 5:30pm, The Michigan Theater
    Bitch Thunder: Your Favorite All-Female Party Drumline
    Bitch, Thunder! is an all-female drumline from Toledo, Ohio. Led by accomplished percussionist Jess Hancock, the group consists of eight women committed to inspiring female musicians while proving the power of drumming in public spaces. To celebrate the announcement of festival awards, Bitch, Thunder! will lay down their percussive sounds in front of the theater before the first screening, in the grand foyer before the second screening, and – after the second screening – leading a parade of festival-goers down Liberty Street to an afterparty at Babs’ Underground.

    Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
    7:30 pm, Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
    Honoring Peter Mays, Los Angeles Treasure, part 2
    Our friend Peter Mays made films and paintings in Los Angeles since the 1960s, a critical figure in the experimental film scene here. He passed away early in the morning on March 4, 2019. We want to honor him by screening a variety of his works made over the past 59 years. In the second part of our retrospective, we focus on his wonderful video work. Screening: Dark Island (2009); A Graveyard Tale (1982); Aleph (2012); Turn (2015-2019) World Premiere!; Yoga-Sutras (2010). Filmforum’s oral history with Peter Mays, done as part of Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980, can be read at https://www.alternativeprojections.com/oral-histories/peter-mays/ Tickets: Free but please RSVP. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://petermays2.bpt.me or at the door.

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    3:30 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    EC: WARHOL / WATSON & WEBBER / WHITNEY
    Andy Warhol EAT (1963, 35 min, 16mm, b&w, silent) "A portrait of artist Robert Indiana, EAT is one of the classics of Warhol's minimalist cinema. As Indiana slowly eats one mushroom, the action is rendered mysterious by Warhol's decision to assemble the rolls out of order, so the mushroom appears to magically renew itself from time to time." -Callie Angell James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1928, 13 min, 16mm, b&w, silent) "Filmed in a Rochester, New York, carriage house, this expressionist film is the earliest live-action dramatic film made by a collaboration of poets and artists in the United States. Watson devised the optical effects that distinguish the film, while Webber provided its visual design, based upon medieval frescoes." -Robert A. Haller John & James Whitney FILM EXERCISES 1-5 (1943-45, 18 min, 16mm) "The visual images in these films were created by shining light through flexible masks, so that the camera was filming direct light rather than light reflected from drawings. The results seem like dazzling neon apparitions, that were as novel and shocking as the accompanying soundtrack." -William Moritz James Whitney LAPIS (1963-66, 10 min, 16mm) "The most elaborate example of a mandala in cinema. It utilizes a field of tiny dots, symmetrically organized in hundreds of very fine concentric rings, to generate slowly changing intricate patterns…. Both structurally and visually LAPIS conforms to the circular form of the mandala; its elaborate movements belie a fundamental stasis." -P. Adams Sitney Total running time: ca. 80 min.

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    5:30 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    EC: HARLOT
    by Andy Warhol. "Warhol's first synch-sound feature, HARLOT is an underground version of the Jean Harlow story. Staged as a kind of tableau vivanton the Factory couch, Mario Montez, in drag, is Harlow at the center of a carefully posed 'family' grouping of formally dressed Superstars and a large white cat. Accompanied by an improvised and largely unrelated conversation between three off-screen narrators, Mario/Harlow consumes large numbers of bananas in increasingly suggestive ways; the film ends in a frenzy of banana erotics and a burst of 'Swan Lake.'" -Callie Angell

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Array Space
    8pm, 5 gordon street, unit 107
    Michaela Grill / Sophie Trudeau
    an evening of sound and vision with internationally acclaimed luminaries Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Sophie Trudeau and Austrian Filmmaker Michaela Grill. https://trudeaugrill.wordpress.com/


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