This week [October 4 - 11, 2022] in avant garde cinema

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  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022
  • Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • This week's programs (summary):

    Wednesday, October 5, 2022

    Venue type: Live, physical event
    Cornell Cinema
    7:30pm ET, Cinema Cornell, 104 Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca NY

    Lori Felker: Intrusions and Interruptions
    with filmmaker Lori Felker in person

    Lori Felker is a filmmaker/artist, teacher, programmer, and performer. Her moving image work focuses on the ways in which we process, share and disseminate information, via screens, dreams, gestures, games, and dialogue. By employing and pushing these structures, she attempts to study the ineloquent, oppositional, delusional, frustrating, and chaotic qualities of human interaction.

    Lori works in a variety of mediums and has shown her work internationally at festivals and spaces including the Rotterdam International Film Festival; NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde; VideoEx, Zurich; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival, Portugal; Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago; LA Filmforum; BAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh.

    She is an Illinois Arts Council Artists Grant recipient, a Wexner Center Artist in Residence and a Fulbright Fellow. She lives in Chicago and is currently an Assistant Professor at DePaul University.

    Spontaneous (Lori Felker, 2020, 14min, 16mm to DCP)
    Discontinuity (Lori Felker, 2016, 14min, DCP)
    Not You (Lori Felker, 2021, 11min, DCP)
    Milk Factory (Corinne Botz, 2021, 11min, DCP)
    Two Sons and a River of Blood (Amber Bemak & Angelo Madsen Minax, 2021, 10min, DCP)

    Thursday, October 6, 2022

    Venue type: Live, physical event
    Binghamton University
    7:30pm ET, Binghamton University, Lecture Hall 6, 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Binghamton, NY

    Lori Felker: Recent Shorts 2016 – 2021
    In-person presentation

    Look Down & Find It (made with Julian Day, 13 min., 2021)
    Memoria Data (12 min., 2018)
    I Can’t (5 min., 2020)
    Not You (10:41 min., 2020)
    Discontinuity (15:33 min., 2016)
    Spontaneous (13:53 min., 2020) TRT 70 min.

    LORI FELKER is a filmmaker, teacher, programmer, and performer. Her films celebrate the ineloquent, oppositional, frustrating, chaotic qualities of human interaction. She has made work in a variety of forms including, experimental film, video installation, music video, documentary, and fiction. Her short films and one feature documentary have screened internationally at festivals including Rotterdam, Slamdance, Ann Arbor Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest, EXiS in Korea, Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal and Kinodot in Russia. She loves every facet of filmmaking and has worked as a cinematographer, editor, and/or actor for various artists and directors and has programmed for the likes of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Slamdance, and Roots & Culture Gallery in Chicago. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant, a Wexner Center Residency, a Brico Forward Fund and a Fulbright (Berlin, 2000). As of 2022, she is an Assistant Professor at DePaul University in Chicago.

    Friday, October 7, 2022

    Venue type: Live, physical event
    Topanga Film Festival
    2pm PT, Rosewood Art Center, 1111 N Topanga Canyon Blvd #1135, Topanga, CA 90290

    Park at Froggy's 1105 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290 (right next door)

    part of Topanga Film Festival, HOW FILM SHAPES BEHAVIOUR - PIXELVISION SALON - Gerry Fialka, Director of the PXL THIS Film Festival, hosts a fun interactive salon on how film shapes behaviour through the lense of the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 toy video camera. Pixelvision is electronic folk art evoking the maxim: "The Balinese have no word for art, they do everything as well as they can." Lo-Fi Hi-Jinx.

    We'll explore the significance of this raw DIY moving image art tool through the percepts of Marshall McLuhan, George Seaurat, Salvador Dali, James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Frank Zappa & more. James Wickstead invented the plastic camcorder and Fisher-Price produced it from 1987 to 1989. It records picture and sound directly onto audio cassettes, which creates its grainy look. Another distinguishing feature is its "in-focus" capability from zero to infinity. The "in your face" attitude restores a certain human vitality to the overpowering sensory overload that bombards us daily. It illustrates McLuhan's percept that television is tactile - you can practically touch the dots, all 2,000 of them (as opposed to the 200,000 you normally see on TV).

    Orson Welles said that a movie studio is "the biggest electric train set a kid ever had." On the other end of the spectrum, the PXL-2000 video camera is the cheesiest failed toy ever -- a train crashes on the playground. Yet, in the hands of visionary video-makers, it has become an essential tool of cutting-edge creativity. The irresistible irony of the PXL is that the camera's ease-of-use and affordability, which entirely democratizes movie-making, has inspired the creation of some of the most visionary, avant and luminous film of our time.

    More: Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330

    Saturday, October 8, 2022

    Venue type: Live, physical event
    Maenad Collective
    8pm ET, Maenad Collective, 46-55 Metropolitan Avenue, suite 305, Queens, NY 11385

    Memory in Decay
    An immersive exhibit hosted by Maenad Collective/ 8mm films & related objects by Alex Faoro/live cello & sound processing by Alice Gerlach.

    Culling images from his catalogue of personal materials, artist and filmmaker Alex Faoro enacts various methods of decay to create colorful and synaptic films that explore the ontology of memory. Using self-made images and found footage - sometimes together - he produces transfixing works that convey the aesthetic and processual qualities of recall, and consider the complex relation between memory, materiality, forgetting and the moving image.

    Venue type: Live, physical event
    Other Cinema
    8pm PT, ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia (@ 21st), San Francisco


    The Bay Area's radical curiosity about both its natural and built environments is celebrated in this rollicking program of brave inquires and discovery! Heading the bill is Cacophony conspirator John Law's The Known Unknown, finally revealing some secrets of urban exploration in the Bay Area and beyond.--fascinating details on his many forays into the City's off-limits areas. John's 45-min show n' tell covers not only the sewers but bridge expeditions as well, with lots of forbidden footage from impossible angles. Supporting his oral history are reports on the Wharf, Playland, People's Park (via Anthony Buchanan), and even last spring's already-legendary MOMA Soapbox Derby (Gregory Gavin and Jake Scott). PLUS: Ellie Vanderlip's faux report on the disappearance of public water fountains, Jeremy Rourke's What Is ATA?, Steve McQueen's Bullitt promo (paired with Simon Cox' Sideshow), 16mm of the Niners in the '82 Superbowl, and free postcards of course. *$11

    Sunday, October 9, 2022

    Venue type: Live, physical event
    Los Angeles Filmforum
    7:30 PM PST, 2220 Arts & Archives - 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Los Angeles Filmforum and Mezzanine present Light Field in Los Angeles
    In person: Light Field Members Samuel Breslin, Emily Chao, Zachary Epcar, Trisha Low, tooth, Syd Staiti, and Patricia Ledesma Villon and filmmaker Alee Peoples

    All 16mm prints!

    Dedicated to the memory of Amy Halpern

    Filmforum and Mezzanine are delighted to present the inaugural L.A. screening with Light Field, an annual artist-run exhibition of recent and archival moving-image art on celluloid, traditionally held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 2016, the Light Field festival is collectively organized by a motley crew of practicing artists, poets and filmmakers: Samuel Breslin, Emily Chao, Zachary Epcar, Trisha Low, tooth, Syd Staiti, and Patricia Ledesma Villon. All of the works in this show will be 16mm prints!

    The Bay Area has had a long and storied tradition of alternative moving-image exhibition, one that has been negatively impacted by recent developments including the closure of SFMOMA’s film program and the impending renovation of the historic Castro Theater. In spite of a global pandemic bringing further pressures to real estate and cost of living—not to mention the exhibition of artist’s cinema—the spirit of collective action and ambitious film curation have continued to find a home in Light Field. The group is unique in their desire to place both recent and archival experimental films into conversation with each other and to always prioritize a multiplicity of aesthetic and curatorial viewpoints. – Micah Gottlieb

    Mezzanine is an irregular independent and revival film series based in Los Angeles, developed and overseen by Micah Gottlieb. Programs are frequently done in collaboration with local artists, filmmakers, writers, curators and other luminaries from specific disciplines. For more information, and to subscribe to our newsletter, please visit

    This program has been curated by the members of Light Field.

    Special thanks to Micah Gottlieb (Mezzanine), Patricia Ledesma Villon (Light Field), Mark Toscano, and Seth Mitter (Canyon Cinema).

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