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This week [November 12 - 19, 2017] in avant garde cinema

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  • , November 12, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2017
  • Thursday, November 15, 2017
  • Saturday, November 17, 2017
  • , November 18, 2017
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • This week's programs (summary):

    Sunday, November 12, 2017
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    Oakland, CA : Shapeshifters Cinema
    8pm, Temescal Art Center
    John Davis & Joshua Churchill
    Joshua Churchill and John Davis are a performance duo that operate organically to create densely-layered atmospheric works with sound and film, immersing viewers in meditative and abstract environments. Their collaborative work has been featured in the Crossroads festival at SFMOMA, MONO NO AWARE festival at LightSpace Studio (Brooklyn, NY), and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at the Brava Theater (San Francisco, CA).

    Tuesday, November 13, 2017
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    Brooklyn, New York: Microscope Gallery
    7:30pm, 1329 Willoughby Ave2B
    YES: Alison Nguyen / Monica
    Artists in person and available for Q&A! Microscope presents the first 2017-18 edition of our emerging artist series YES with a screening of film and video works by Alison Nguyen and Monica Savirón. Both Brooklyn-based artists’ bodies of works include 16mm films and videos that are situated within the tradition of “found footage” or “appropriation”, terms that fall short of conveying the painstaking processes of “seeking” each of them undertakes in selecting their imagery from sources including vast archives of daily newspapers, 16mm film vaults, and the web. Alison Nguyen (born 1986) is a New York-based artist working in film, video, photography, and installation. Selected screenings and exhibitions include: The Whitney Museum and The Parrish Museum (in collaboration with expanded cinema group, Optipus), Palace Film Festival, The Manhattan Independent Film Festival, Satellite Miami, and BOSI Contemporary. She has received awards and residencies from NYSCA, Signal Culture, Vermont Studio Center, Flux Factory, and Brown University. Nguyen graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Literary Arts. Mónica Savirón is originally from Madrid and currently based in New York. Her film Answer Print (2016) had its World Premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival. Broken Tongue (2013) was a Winner of the Best Film award at FRONTEIRA Film Festival in Brazil, it has been shown at more than fifty major festivals and art venues around the world. Her previous video, "To Begin With" (2012), had its World Premiere at Experiments in Cinema Festival. More info about the program and filmmakers: www.microscopegallery.com. Admission $8, Students & Members $6. Jefferson St. L (exit Starr Street).

    Rio de Janeiro/Brazil: Risco Cinema
    18h, Cinematheque of Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro
    Contemporary Experiments on Film
    “CONTEMPORARY FILM EXPERIMENTS” - Programs cured by Kim Knowles 1º PROGRAM - 13 de novembro (Monday), 18h. PERSPECTIVES ON ANTHROPOCENE (88min) Presentation: Kim Knowles. Discussion: Helena Martins (PUC Rio) e Kim Knowles (Aberystwyth University) Movies: Le Pays Devasté, Emmanuel Lefrant; The Atom Station, Nick Jordan; Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars, Tomonari Nishikawa; Into the Great White Open, Michaela Grill; Disporting with a Shadow, Paul Clipson; Blua, Carolina Charry Quintero; The Place I Will Have Left, Lena Ditte Nissen; 2º PROGRAM- 14 de novembro (Tuesday), 18h. GESTURES AND TEXTURES - Contemporary Experimental Films in the UK (56 min). Presentation: Kim Knowles. Discussion: Ana Kiffer (PUC Rio) e Kim Knowles (Aberystwyth University). Abject Noise, Bea Haut; Attraction, Martha Jurksaitis; Aligning, Jenny Baines; Double Dapple, Mary Stark & David Chatton Barker; Primal, Vicky Smith; For Maynard, Tanya Syed

    Wednesday, November 14, 2017
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    Baltimore, Maryland 21201: The SNF Parkway / Maryland Film Festival
    7:30pm, 5 West North Avenue
    Sight Unseen hosts experimental animator: Kelly Gallagher
    Sight Unseen is honored to host experimental animator, Kelly Gallagher on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:30pm at The Parkway! Thanks to JHU Film & Media Studies Program for making this screening possible ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Kelly Gallagher is an experimental animator, filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Antioch College in Ohio. Her theoretical work investigates the radical and feminist possibilities of experimental animation. Her animations, experimental films and documentaries have screened internationally at venues including: Ann Arbor Film Festival, London ICA Artists' Biennial, LA Film Forum, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. She is recipient of the Ivan Kaljević Award from Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, the Helen Hill Award from Indie Grits, the Audience Award from Brazil's Fronteira Film Festival, and the Jury's Choice Award from Black Maria Film Festival. The Parkway 5 West North Ave. Baltimore, MD $10 general admission/$9 students/$8 members

    Brooklyn, New York 11222: Light Industry
    7:30, 155 Freeman St
    I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister and…
    I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister and My Brother, René Allio, 1976, digital projection, 130 mins

    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    7:00 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    ON THE AIR: ARTIST TELEVISION
    Otto Piene and Aldo Tambellini's BLACK GATE COLOGNE: A LIGHT PLAY NEW YORK PREMIERE! With this very special presentation of Otto Piene and Aldo Tambellini's BLACK GATE COLOGNE (1968), Anthology launches a new, ongoing series that presents works made by artists for broadcast television. Curated by Ava Tews. Special thanks to Anna Salamone, Aldo Tambellini, and Elizabeth Piene.

    Thursday, November 15, 2017
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    Boston, Massachusetts 02115: MassArt Film Society
    8pm, 621 Huntington Ave
    Maya Deren
    MASSART FILM SOCIETY presents the works of MAYA DEREN Meshes of the Afternoon 1943, 14 min Considered a staple of avant-garde American film, this collaboration with Alexander Hammid stars Deren as a woman inside of a labyrinthine nightmare, inhabited by her double as well as a mysterious cloaked figure with the face of a mirror. At Land 1944, 15 min A 15-minute silent experimental film written, directed by and starring Maya Deren. It has a dream-like narrative in which a woman, played by Deren, is washed up on a beach and goes on a strange journey encountering other people and other versions of herself. Deren once said that the film is about the struggle to maintain ones personal identity. The composer John Cage and the poet and film critic Parker Tyler were involved in making the film, and appear in the film, which was shot at Amagansett, Long Island. Ritual In Transfigured Time 1946, 15 min In Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time we have gestures that invite us to move into step with them, abandoning the comfort of the known and giving ourselves over to so many strange partners. This silent short begins in a domestic environment, moves to a party scene, and ends with modern dance performed in an outdoor setting. The film's continuity is established by an emphasis on gesture and/or dance throughout. A Study in Choreography For Camera 1946, 4 min Using a unique editing style, manipulating of time, and utilizing the motions of dancer Talley Beatty, Deren has said this film was "an effort to isolate and celebrate the principle of the power of movement." Meditation On Violence 1948, 13 min The Very Eye of Night 1963, 15 min

    Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media
    N/A, N/A
    Master of Arts in Creative Media (MACM)
    The School of Creative Media of City University of Hong Kong invites applications to Master of Arts in Creative Media (MACM) for the 2018 Intake. Programme Duration: 2-Year Part-time OR 1-Year Full-time. The MACM offers a humanities-oriented curriculum intended to complement the School of Creative Media’s mission to investigate the most significant artistic, professional, and socially relevant aspects of contemporary mediated expression. Successful applicants will join one of two streams within the degree: Curating Art and Media (CAM) and Media Cultures (MC). The distinctive area of creative media studies represented by each stream caters to diverse student interests under a curriculum structure that provides a broad and flexible academic framework. Application continues until 30 April 2018. Application materials are available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission.

    Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media
    N/A, N/A
    Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media (MFACM)
    The School of Creative Media of City University of Hong Kong invites applications to Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media (MFACM). Programme Duration: 2-Year Full-time. Features of the programme: recognized as a terminal qualification in the creative arts; international and distinguished faculty; interdisciplinary approaches to artistic research and production; advanced training in the technologies and aesthetics of new media art. Application continues until 30 April 2018. Application materials are available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission.

    Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
    8:00 pm, Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St,
    Ism, Ism, Ism: Diego Rísquez’ Amérika Trilogy, part 1: Bolivar, Tropikal Symphony
    Los Angeles Filmforum and Acropolis Cinema present Ism, Ism, Ism: Diego Rísquez’ Amérika Trilogy, part 1: Bolivar, Tropikal Symphony In the 1980s, the multifaceted artist, painter and filmmaker from Venezuela, Diego Rísquez, undertook the daunting project of a trilogy about the real and mythical histories of the Latin American continent and made his first feature film: Bolivar, Tropikal Symphony, which became the first Super 8 film to be selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. We screen it tonight in what might be its Los Angeles premiere. Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://tropikalsymphony.bpt.me or at the door. Acropolis Cinema is a nonprofit screening series and microcinema dedicated to bringing classic and contemporary experimental films and undistributed features to screens across Los Angeles. www.acropoliscinema.com

    Saturday, November 17, 2017
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    San Francisco, California 94110: Artists Television Access
    8pm, 992 Valencia St
    Cosmic Currents
    Canyon Cinema 50 returns to ATA with a program of work by contemporary Bay Area artists affiliated with Canyon Cinema, plus the West Coast premiere of Gregg Biermann's Time Slices Solar Sight II (2012) - Larry Jordan Urine Man (2000) - Greta Snider Chromesthetic Response (1987) - Scott Stark Bagatelle II (2016) - Jerome Hiller Fragment of a Lost Film (1991-94) - Kerry Laitala Skydogs (2012) - Linda Scobie Time Slices (2017) - Gregg Biermann Another Void (2012) - Paul Clipson $7-10 This screening is a part of the Canyon Cinema 50 project. Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation.

    , November 18, 2017
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    New York, NY: Anthology Film Archives
    4:30 PM, 32 Second Avenue
    SHORT FILMS BY LAUREN GREENFIELD
    KIDS + MONEY (2008, 32 min, digital) For this short film, Greenfield speaks with young people from diverse Los Angeles communities about the role of money in their lives. From rich to poor, Pacific Palisades to East L.A., kids address how they are shaped by a culture of consumerism. FORECLOSURE: DEATH OF THE AMERICAN DREAM (2009, 3 min, digital) Greenfield delves into the landscapes and stories left in the wake of the Great Recession. Beauty CULTure (2012, 30 min, digital) This film investigates our obsession with beauty and the influence of photographic representations on female body image. Fashion photographers, child pageant stars, bodybuilders, teenagers, and intellectuals engage in a provocative dialogue that addresses the persistent "beauty contest" of daily life. BEST NIGHT EVER (2012, 7 min, digital) BEST NIGHT EVER documents the world of Las Vegas's Marquee, the highest grossing nightclub in America. BLING DYNASTY (2015, 18-min excerpt, digital) The Chinese are becoming richer at a faster pace than any other country in the world. Greenfield traveled to China for a month to document how the Chinese nouveau riche live, spend their newfound wealth, and discover luxury lifestyles, and the result was this 6-episode series. Total running time: ca. 95 min.

    San Francisco, California: Other Cinema
    8:30 PM, ATA, 992 Valencia Street
    LO-FI SCI-FI: PENNY LANE's THE VOYAGERS + K. CATO + UFO CULTS
    Back by demand, our way-out celebration of speculative—yet human-scale—technology features astronautical essays, planetary performances, and curious inquiries into extraterrestrial obsessions. Penny (Our Nixon, Nuts!) Lane’s The Voyagers gives voice to the rich inscription of cultural meanings in Carl Sagan’s utopian project. Aided by her live violin, Kristin Cato parlays hours of assiduous archival-film research into a multi-media paean to Saturn. Fellow psychonauts Travis Wilkerson, Keith Sanborn, Yin-Ju Chen, Soda Jerk, and Semiconductor all beam their respective outer-space fantasies onto our telepathic screen. Framed by a hysterical p/review of so-called “futures”, Walter Cronkite and Wink Martindale finally grok Philco’s prescient Year 1999. We ultimately reach escape velocity with three Astounding Tales of ET Encounters, from Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs, John Shepard Hill, and Unarius’ Archangel Uriel.

    Sunday, November 19, 2017
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    Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
    4:00 pm, Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way
    Ism, Ism, Ism: Diego Rísquez’ Amerika Trilogy, part 2: Orinoko, Nueva Mundo
    Director Diego Risquez in person from Venezuela! In the 1980s, the multifaceted artist, painter and filmmaker from Venezuela, Diego Rísquez, undertook the daunting project of a trilogy about the real and mythical histories of the Latin American continent and made his first feature film: Bolivar, Tropikal Symphony, which became the first Super 8 film to be selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. His second film, screening today, is Orinoko, Nueva Mundo which played at Cannes but never received distribution in the United States. The film, surreal and multi-faceted, presents a speechless vision of the history of Venezuela and the Orinoco River basin before and after conquest. Among the participating figures are Europeans such as Columbus, Walter Raleigh and Alexander von Humboldt, but through the eyes of the indigenous peoples whose lives were upended by colonization. Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum and Autry Museum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at http://orinoko.bpt.me or at the door. For more information: visit www.lafilmforum.org and https://theautry.org/events or call 323-377-7238 or 323-667-2000

    San Francisco, California 94110: Artists Television Access
    7pm, 992 Valencia St
    Reading Through the Layers
    New visionary video work by David Finkelstein and Robert Fox.


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