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This week [August 12 - 19, 2018] in avant garde cinema

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  • Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • This week's programs (summary):

    Sunday, August 12, 2018
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    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    7:30 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    SHOW & TELL: Stephen Broomer, Program 2
    From his home base in Toronto, Stephen Broomer has advanced the cause of experimental cinema in a dizzying variety of ways, as a preservationist, historian, educator, programmer, publisher, and, not least of all, as a prolific maker of experimental films and videos. Broomer has taught at Glendon College (York University), Ryerson University, and Sheridan College, and has led the restoration of films by John Hofsess, R. Bruce Elder, Arthur Lipsett, Jim Smith, and Greg Curnoe. His writings on cinema have appeared in Found Footage Magazine, Desistfilm, CineAction, and elsewhere. In 2016, his first book, "Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board," was published by University of Toronto Press, while in 2017 he founded Sightline Editions, a publishing imprint focusing on the relation between poetry and cinema. His second book, "Codes for North: Foundations of the Canadian Avant-Garde Film," was recently published by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Concurrent with all this activity, he has somehow found time to make more than 30 films, a body of work that has already resulted in a book-length collection of essays (published in 2014 by the Canadian Film Institute), "The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer." Broomer's films display an extraordinary range of techniques and approaches, encompassing found-footage collage, superimposition, spatial explorations, tinting, and more than one sly tribute to Michael Snow. These two "Show & Tell" programs showcase his most recent film - the feature-length POTAMKIN - as well as a selection of his earlier short works. WASTEWATER (2014, 1.5 min, 16mm) CONSERVATORY (2013, 3.5 min, 16mm) BALINESE REBAR (2011, 3.5 min, 16mm) SERENA GUNDY (2014, 3.5 min, 16mm) BRIDGE 1A (2015, 2 min, 16mm) WILD CURRENTS (2015, 6.5 min, 16mm) LANDFORM 1 (2015, 2.5 min, 16mm) GULLS AT GIBRALTAR (2015, 3.5 min, 16mm) CHRIST CHURCH - SAINT JAMES (2011, 6.5 min, 16mm) SPIRITS IN SEASON (2013, 12.5 min, 16mm) BRIDGE 1B (2015, 1.5 min, 16mm) THE BOW AND THE CLOUD (2016, 8 min, 16mm-to-digital) VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY MICHAEL SNOW (2015, 7.5 min, digital) FOUNTAINS OF PARIS (2018, 9 min, 16mm-to-digital) Total running time: ca. 75 min.

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    9:00 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    JUD YALKUT PROGRAM
    AQUARIAN RUSHES (1970, 47 min, 16mm) WOODSTOCK was not the only film about Woodstock. Another documentary, even more closely affiliated with counterculture utopianism, more radically revised film language in the light of those ideals and in some ways implicitly critiqued the feature sensation. As rushes, AQUARIAN RUSHES conjoins the senses of unedited footage (though it was edited both in-camera and in post-production), the sudden onslaught of drug-induced exhilaration, and the first reports of an important event. Where WOODSTOCK's extensive financial and technological resources enabled the film to reproduce studio production values, AQUARIAN RUSHES is more rigorous and demanding. An abrasive and challenging hybrid of 8mm and 16mm positive and negative film and of ½-inch Portapak video all transferred to 16mm film, AQUARIAN RUSHES combines lights, sounds, technology, and human actors to envision the festival as an USCO-like collective happening. But it has remained largely unseen, its historical potential eclipsed by its spectacular other. With: US DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE (1966, 3 min, 16mm) "USCO light, Beatles sound. A visionary realization of the USCO Riverside Museum installation exhibition in New York, the show which introduced the word 'Be-In' to the English language." -Jud Yalkut THE GODZ (1966, 10 min, 16mm) This document of the 1960s cult band, The Godz, contains footage of a few mid-60s performances as well as candid footage of the bandmembers. CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (1973, 5 min, 16mm. With the Grateful Dead.) "A film composed in the camera in the heat of intuition frame-by-frame, and then recomposed frame-by-frame in the optical printer." -Jud Yalkut Total running time: ca. 70 min.

    Oakland: Shapeshifters Cinema
    7:30-10PM, Temescal Art Center, 511 48th St. Oakland, CA
    Shapeshifters Cinema presents Lori Varga
    Veteran analog film and experimental noise artist Lori Varga returns to Shapeshifters Cinema with The Inevitable Unknowing of Pulsating Light into the Hum of Now—a program of three expanded film-performance pieces w/live electronic musicians and two short collage essay works. Lori will be joined by improvisors Tom Djll and Clarke Robinson and analog video feedback artist and collab partner Kit Young. Unique set-ups of reel to reel tape decks, 16mm film loops, sound drawn directly onto film, expansive video channels and layered screen environments will be presented live in sets with tones/drones/atmospheric/electronic music. Forms of degradation and decay fading then blooming into strange new harmonies! Also in the program are two rarely screened collage films "Don't Stop Doing It" (1999-, super-8) and "Remember me this Way, Forgotten" (2004, dual-8mm film with live concrete sound mix)

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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    Rohnert Park, CA (Sonoma County): Center for Visual Music
    7 pm, Sonoma State University, Ives Hall
    Restorations and Discoveries (CVM Screening Series, Program 1)
    Restored, rare, very rare films, discoveries and recreations. Films include: Oskar Fischinger , Studie nr 5; Fischinger's rare Meluka cigarette ad, and his Pink Guards on Parade toothpaste commercial (both courtesy Gosfilmofond of Russia); Len Lye 's Life's Musical Minute and Prime Time (both courtesy Ngā Taonga New Zealand Film Archive, with thanks to Len Lye Foundation); Charles Blanc-Gatti , Chromophony; Charles Dockum, 1952 Mobilcolor Performance at the Guggenheim (restored by CVM); Oskar Fischinger, Sugar Pops cereal ad tests (unfinished, from CVM); Bruce Conner , Looking for Mushrooms, 1959-67 (Beatles Version), digitally restored 2016, courtesy Conner Family Trust and Kohn Gallery; Bruce Conner, Cosmic Ray, from the restoration project, courtesy Conner Family Trust and Kohn Gallery; David Lebrun, Tanka (restored by CVM with support of the NFPF); and Len Lye's All Souls Carnival, US premiere of the recent reconstruction. Courtesy the Len Lye Foundation. Reconstruction by Roger Horrocks and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, in association with the Department of Film, MoMA and the Len Lye Foundation. Digital version courtesy the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. First premiered at Carnegie Hall, NY and then believed lost for decades. And more films....Studie nr 5 was restored by CVM with funding from EYE Filmmuseum. This is one of 5 screenings this week from CVM, curated by Cindy Keefer, accompanying the CVM Symposium 2018: Exploring and Preserving Visual Music , presented in association with Sonoma State University. This screening is digital, HD. Tickets through Eventbrite or CVM. Further details, http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Symposium/screenings.html

    Rohnert Park, CA (Sonoma County): Center for Visual Music
    8:30 pm, Sonoma State University, Ives Hall
    Optical Poetry: Oskar Fischinger Retrospective
    Classic films by the "Father of Visual Music," and the new HD digital version of this popular program. Films include Allegretto, Radio Dynamics, Muratti greift ein, Studie nr. 6, Studie nr. 7, Studie nr. 8, Kreise (Circles), Motion Painting no. 1, Wax Experiments, Spirals, Walking from Munich to Berlin, An American March, Ornament Sound experiments and more. This screening is co-sponsored by David Magness. The Screening is one of 5 screenings this week by CVM, accompanying the CVM Symposium 2018: Exploring and Preserving Visual Music, presented in association with Sonoma State University. Tickets through Eventbrite or CVM. Further details, http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Symposium/screenings.html

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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    Lockhart, TX: Spellerberg Projects
    9pm, Chaparral Coffee
    Screening: Bodies of Water
    Curated by Sam Cotter and Fraser McCallum, for Vtape. "The works herein are characterized by broad sensitivities to land and place, formed by past and present migrations of living things, ideas and commodities. Informed by de-colonial and postcolonial theory, anti-imperialist struggles and critiques of urbanism, water is the medium through which ideas are made to flow, erode and surge forth."

    New York, New York: Filmmakers Coop
    7pm, 475 Park Ave South (at 32nd St), 6th floor, NY, NY 10016
    Barbara Rosenthal 70th Birthday Video Party: Outer Bodies, Inner Selves
    Performance-based videos by Barbara Rosenthal. Carolee Schneemann, Charlie Morrow, Jerome Rothenberg, Noe Kidder, Pam Kray, Maria Beatty, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Joel Schlemowitz, MM Serra, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Terry Berkowitz, Ela Troyano, Henry Hills and Bill Creston. “Outer Bodies, Inner Selves” is the theme for the night’s screenings by Rosenthal and other artists who have used their own and other physical bodies to explicate humanity in terms that include, but are not limited to sex. This party is the kickoff to a year of Rosenthal’s 70th Birthday International Video Retrospective. It will begin here at 7PM on Wed, August 15, with the following films, and then Barbara will be traveling throughout the year with various compilations of the 130 video shorts she has made since 1976, to Miami and Buenos Aires (facilitator Daniela Luna), Berlin (Boddinale Film Festival), Helsinki (facilitator Charlie Morrow), Brussels (facilitator Alex Dementieva) and points east. The 7PM party Aug 15 at the Film CoOp will include: Barbara Rosenthal NEWS TO FIT THE FAMILY // PREGNANCY DREAMS // WHISPERING CONFESSION // BARBARA ROSENTHAL CONTEMPLATES SUICIDE // PUSH ME Carolee Schneemann INFINITY KISSES Charlie Morrow & Jerome Rothenberg SONGS OF FLOWERS AND STONES Noe Kidder A PARADISE OF CHILDREN Pam Kray THE GHOST SONATA Maria Beatty BANDAGED Tessa Hughes-Freeland BABY DOLL Joel Schlemowitz WATCH ABRASIONS MM Serra CHOP OFF Coleen Fitzgibbon, BEACH Terry Berkowitz EYE OF THE CAMERA (excerpt) Ela Troyano POST PLASTICA Henry Hills SSS Bill Creston OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 24 HOURS A DAY Barbara Rosenthal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Rosenthal http://www.barbararosenthal.org/

    Rohnert Park, CA (Sonoma County): Center for Visual Music
    7 pm, Sonoma State University, Ives Hall
    Oskar's Legacy: Films Infuenced by Fischinger
    From the early days of visual music, animators and filmmakers acknowledged Fischinger's profound influence on their work. Here we present films from Mary Ellen Bute (Color Rhapsodie), Len Lye (Colour Box), Barry Spinello (Soundtrack), Jordan Belson (Mandala), Jules Engel and others across 8 decades. The program also includes work by contemporary artists Chris Casady, Michel Gagné, Oerd van Cuijlenborg, Jeff Scher, Baerbel Neubauer (Algorithmen), Eric Leiser (Land). This screening is co-sponsored by Creative Tech Week (NY). Digital, HD. This is one of 5 screenings this week from CVM, curated by Cindy Keefer, accompanying the CVM Symposium 2018: Exploring and Preserving Visual Music, presented in association with Sonoma State University. Tickets through Eventbrite or CVM. Further details, http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Symposium/screenings.html

    Rohnert Park, CA (Sonoma County): Center for Visual Music
    8:30 pm, Sonoma State University, Ives Hall
    New Visual Music (CVM screening series, Program 4)
    New Visual Music from international artists. Films/videos by Sean Capone, Paul Prudence, Greta Macri, Steve Woloshen, Scott Draves, Bret Battey, George Stadnik, Michal Levy, Steve Wood, Richard Baily & John Buchanan, Sabrina Gross. PLUS the US premiere of Max Hattler's Matter and Motion; and the world premiere of Paul Fletcher's Blackhole Mandala. This screening is digital, HD. This is one of 5 screenings this week from CVM, curated by Cindy Keefer, accompanying the CVM Symposium 2018: Exploring and Preserving Visual Music , presented in association with Sonoma State University. This screening is digital, HD. Tickets through Eventbrite. Further details, http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Symposium/screenings.html

    Friday, August 17, 2018
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    Houston, Texas: Aurora Picture Show
    7:30pm, 2442 Bartlett St.
    Rush Process Animation Festival–Int'l Shorts
    Rush Process celebrates DIY, handcrafted animation as a unique vehicle for self-expression. This international competition program features highly personal animated shorts including narrative, documentary, and experimental films made with stop-motion, multi-plane, hand-drawn, charcoal, cut-out, paint-on-glass, and direct animation techniques. ($10 / Free for Aurora Members)

    Saturday, August 18, 2018
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    Houston, Texas: Aurora Picture Show
    7:30pm, 2442 Bartlett St.
    Rush Process–The Films of Suzan Pitt
    Part of the Rush Process Animation Festival, Aurora presents a retrospective program of films by acclaimed painter and underground animation legend, Suzan Pitt. The program features newly restored works including her surrealistic, animated noir Visitation (2011); the mixed-media exploration of depression and renewal Joy Street (1995); her early cut-out stop-motion examination of domestic life Crocus (1971); and cult favorite Asparagus (1978) which premiered at The Whitney before going on to stun audiences in theaters before David Lynch's Eraserhead.($10 / Free for Aurora Members)

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    6:30 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    EARLY FEMINIST VIDEO ART
    This program features landmark works by Barbara Hammer, Geta Brătescu, Lynda Benglis, and Martha Rosler - all key names in early feminist art and filmmaking. These works demonstrate crucial precepts at the root of feminist art historical discussions, and frame the intergenerational nature of "Multiply, Identify, Her" and its related film programming. Barbara Hammer DOUBLE STRENGTH (1978, 15 min, 16mm-to-digital) Geta Brătescu THE HANDS. FOR THE EYE, THE HAND OF MY BODY RECONSTITUTES MY PORTRAIT / LES MAINS. PENTRU OCHI, MÂNA TRUPULUI MEU ÎMI RECONSTITUIE PORTRETUL (1977, 5 min, 8mm-to-digital, silent) Martha Rosler MARTHA ROSLER READS VOGUE (1981, 24 min, video) Lynda Benglis FEMALE SENSIBILITY (1973, 13 min, video) Total running time: ca. 60 min.


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