This week [March 4 - 11, 2018] in avant garde cinema

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  • Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • This week's programs (summary):

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    Los Angeles, California: Redcat
    8:30, 631 W. 2ND Street
    In person: Vivienne Dick and Vera Dika
    Vivienne Dick's films privilege women's bodies. Across her 1970s Super-8 works, women's movements, postures, words, and goals rise to the fore. All this is enacted in a vibrant visual and aural New York City landscape. The streets, as in She Had Her Gun All Ready, are inhabited, and imbued with the excitement of colors, sounds and rhythms of a lived place. In Dick's recent video work, the digital image now elicits a sense of alternate place, full of color and sensuality. The women, often older, or in transition, address a new world of truth, and of the imagination. In films like Augenblick, the tactile, the mundane, and the super-real co-exist. And it is in the presence of the women that we engage with our changing world. (Vera Dika) Program: She Had Her Gun All Ready (1978, 28 min, super 8 / SD) This noir psychodrama follows the relationship between two characters, played by Pat Place and Lydia Lunch. Set in the Lower East Side in New York, the film revolves around the power relations between two friends where one is dominated by, or in thrall to the other. The relationship dynamic shifts halfway through the film after a mirror scene, and the 'victim' begins to stalk her agressor. The Irreducible Difference of the Other (2013, 27 min, HDV) This film examines a world orientated towards war, terror, and consumption with Franco-Irish actress Olwen Fouéré inhabiting the two personas of Antonin Artaud and Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. In referencing key historical moments, such as mass marches against the Iraq war, the Arab Spring and recent anti- austerity protests, the film proclaims the desire a more balanced world, which might lead to a renewal of relationship on both a personal and global level. Red Moon Rising (2015, 15 min, HDV) A celebration of the carnivalesque, through dance, performance and the spoken word. The film reaches towards a renewal of our embodiment with the Earth as a response to a belief in invincibility, and the desire of Man to dominate the planets. A red moon is both a beacon, and a warning. Augenblick (2017, 13:38 min, HDV) Augenblick questions what it means to be human in a post-human world. An accelerated view of the world and our place in it from animism and a belief in the Goddess to Christianity and Humanism. Moving from age of enlightenment into a digital age, what becomes of our relationship to each other and to the earth?

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Los Angeles, California: Filmforum
    7:00 pm, MOCA Grand Ave Ahmanson Theatre, 250 S. Grand Ave.
    The Familiar Unknown: Mysticism in the Present Future
    Lauren Halsey: we still here, there, sees the Los Angeles-based artist continuing her practice of community-based myth-making by regularly changing an immersive space that will serve as a visionary archive reflecting the diversity of everyday Black cultural experiences in South Central L.A. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, this program features experimental films and videos that engage with the mysterious, mystical, and absurd as a way to create possibility from within the constraints and restrictions of everyday life. These works by Amir George, Mike Henderson, and dana washington powerfully meditate on the power of culture in relation to the self and community. Through the use of archival footage, experimental narrative elements, and musically-infused rituals of transformation and transcendence, they collectively enunciate knowledge about the inner, sociopolitical aspirations of Black people and communities while utilizing unconventional approaches to history, collective memory, and the filmmaking process. Through an engagement with the mystical and mysterious, these films attempt to create possibility from within the constraints and restrictions of everyday life. Curated by Jheanelle Brown and Darol Kae. INFO 213/621-1745 or TICKETS $15 general admission, $8 students with ID, available in advance at FREE for MOCA & Los Angeles Filmforum members; must present current membership card to claim free tickets.

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

    San Francisco, California: Other Cinema
    8 PM, 992 Valencia Street
    The Bay’s best loved librarian christens our now-regular Archive Evening with Centers and Edges: Home Movie Revelations and Provocations. With these elliptical, vernacular histories of deviant behaviors, Rick finally unveils—and live narrates!—long-hidden footage that will surprise...even shock: Booze parties of failed St. Louis contractors, naïve surrealism from Detroit POV shooters, and the first part of his Greater Mexico project—the Southwest desert filmed in the 30s, but never publically screened until now. Opening: The SF-based Internet Archive, truly a godsend for human cultural history, scans and makes freely available both amateur and industrial films of practically every format. Insiders Tim Johnson and LX Rudis share some of the most anomalous entries in its motion picture collection, including Isaac Asimov’s Artificial Man, The Internet in 1998, Experiments in Motion Graphics, and four other fragments...some re-mixed!! Free Civil Defense crackers.

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