Archive for February 2009 | Monthly archive page

Feb 25

SPECIAL PROJECTS WINTER 2007 San Francisco Cinematheque Co-Presents with the Ann Arbor Film Festival. In our desire to expand our connections to the larger arts and cultural community, we are pleased to sponsor a screening at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 20 -25, 2007. Please contact Ann Arbor Film Festival for information. “Whatever is

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Feb 25

In the history of San Francisco filmmaking, two filmmakers stand out as iconoclasts, creators of unique and innovative works reflective of passionate approaches to life and to film. Founding member of San Francisco’s No Nothing Cinema, Snider was a highly charismatic cinematic instigator, an extremely productive and influential filmmaker. His films, notable for their irreverent

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Feb 25

From the dustbins of time comes this review of the truly marginalized cinema; the mysteries of the archive unleashed. Unessential Cinema is an (ir)regular series at New York City’s Anthology Film Archives that focuses on the thousands of prints, negatives, and elements that have been collected over the years from defunct laboratories, dumpsters, widowers and

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Feb 25

These films broadly combine analysis of the structuring of perception with an exploration of film’s material components: time, light, space and celluloid. Screening will be the intellectually paradoxical Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice by Hollis Frampton, where the themes of sexuality and infidelity are “projected” in narrative sequence as a script with the voice revealing

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Feb 25

“I am deeply anxious about the state of the world: the deadly confluence of easy access to intrusive database technologies, self-righteous fundamentalisms in East and West and environmental collapse on a massive scale. This combination fills me with apprehension on a daily basis, a sense of foreboding that I am attempting to express in my

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Feb 25

Inspired by the Mexperimental Cinema program curated by Jesse Lerner and Rita Gonzales at the Guggenheim in 1998, we present a selection of contemporary experimental films from Mexico, an eclectic mix of short films that resist categorization, revealing the permutations of film and video art by emerging and established Mexican filmmakers. Screening: Habitáculos by Gabriela

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Feb 25

Presented in Association with the San Francisco International Film Festival The San Francisco International Film Festival’s Golden Gate Awards Competition in New Visions is unusually deep this year with eight films competing in the category, seven of which screen here (including four produced in the Bay Area). This program runs the gamut from pleasure to

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Feb 25

Targeting and skewering bourgeois complacency, religious hypocrisy, patriarchal authority and European moral conventions, these two films continue to challenge and confront the audience. Irreligious and scandalous, Luis Buñuel’s L’Age D’Or attacks the Church, the State, the family, not simply to shock for shock’s sake but also to argue the case for the surrealist belief in

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Feb 25

Presented in Association with the San Francisco International Film Festival Told through the eyes of a traumatized Dutch soldier who has returned home from a tour of Afghanistan, Why didn’t anybody tell me it would become this bad in Afghanistan? documents the brewing tensions between native Dutch citizenry, immigrant youth and the police in a

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Feb 25

Ripped from the funny pages of collective pop memory, these films pay unabashed, if troubled, homage to cartoon icons and “low” media forms (many quickly receding into the distant past). Fusing images from 77 Sunset Strip comics to music by Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and a pantheon of 60’s folk rock, Lewis Klahr’s The Two

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Feb 25

Lawrence Jordan has been making films since 1952. Most widely known for his animated collage films, of which Jonas Mekas said, “His animated (collage) films are among the most beautiful short films made today. They are surrounded with love and poetry. His content is subtle, his technique is perfect, his personal style unmistakable.” Tonight’s screening

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Feb 25

“This evolution of music is paralleled by the multiplication of the machine.” (Luigi Russolo, 1913: “The Art of Noises”) Join us! One night only! Bay Area film artist, r.fox will install twenty-five astounding 16mm and 8/S8mm projectors and conduct performers in a three-part composition of audio-visual fantasy. Sound Exposure 16/8, using found footage, hand painted

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Feb 25

Presented In Association with FAF and BAVC In the nonfiction work presented here, digital video becomes a tool for observation, excavation and extraction, mining both existing and personally (often surreptitiously) taped records of everyday life for moments of larger meaning and resonance. Brook Hinton will present the 9/11 focused Wave/Wake; an “extra-temporal” study of Union

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Feb 25

“Death advances, and life falls away. That happens gradually and unnoticeably for us; we gradually immerse ourselves in the nightmare of a completely absurd existence.” -Sergei Loznitsa. A monumental work of sound design and archival research, Sergei Loznitsa’s Blockade brings the devastation of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad—a WWII battle considered to one of the

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Feb 25

Currently on view, Critical Foreground presents a group of international contemporary artists whose works foreground the artificiality of cultural and economic devices that condition the representation and understanding of landscape. These artists approach the subject of landscape not as natural phenomena, but as a way of perceiving urban and rural landscapes as cultural images. The

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Feb 25

Presented in Association with Frameline and MadCat Women’s International Film Festival Presented by Elizabeth Stephens and Ray Rea San Francisco Cinematheque is honored to present a tribute to the late Diane Bonder through a retrospective of her ten years of Super-8, 16mm and video work. Diane Bonder died last year on June 23 after living

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Feb 25

Terra Incognita II features the work of Abbas Kiarostami. Kiarostami (b. 1940, Tehran) is a master of modern cinema and one of the few Iranian filmmakers to enjoy fame in the Western world. He has made such classic films as The Wind Will Carry Us, Through the Olive Trees, and Close Up His films are

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Feb 25

In her 1983 classic indie polemic on racism, sexism and socialism, director Lizzie Borden definitely has her own ax to wield-and grind. On the tenth anniversary of the United States’ Social Democratic War of Liberation, the government celebrates “the most peaceful revolution the world has known,” while the citizenry of New York City becomes increasingly

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Feb 25

Presented in Association with San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Veteran filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s tribute to Claude Cahun, Surrealist photographer, war resister and lesbian, is a superb tribute from one artist to another-both of whom developed their own visual iconographies. Cahun, (born Lucie Schwob, 1894-1954), the daughter of wealthy Jewish intellectuals, and her lover Marcel Moore

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Feb 25

Six hours of shorts by artists exploring the multiple facets of landscape including work by Alfonso Alvarez: Down On The Farm, Bill Baldewicz: West Wind Quartet, Freda Banks and David Borengasser: Faces on Mars, Brook Hinton: A Trip Down Third Street Before the Unknown: Scenic Highlights from the SFMuni T-Line, Peter Hutton: New York Portrait,

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Feb 25

Presented in association with Headlands Center for the Arts 2005 Headlands alumnus Jeanne C. Finley and partner John Muse’s Lost (with John Muse) combines an excerpt from the audio diary of an Army Chaplain serving in Iraq, who must reconcile his soldiers’ justifiable shooting of an Iraqi man with the dismal reality that the dead

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Feb 25

Presented in association with Headlands Center for the Arts In the films featured tonight, fabrication and nonfiction collide, meld and intertwine to confront truth, reality and expression. 1999 Headlands alumnus Aline Mayer’s S’Aline’s Solution expresses with haunting complexity the agony and affirmation of an abortion. Roger Deutsch’s Mario Makes a Movie is the story of

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Feb 25

Presented in association with New Langton Arts Anthony McCall has been creating film installations and performances for over 30 years. Four Projected Movements was produced in 1975 as a further exploration of his previous work Long Film for Four Projectors, and it has rarely been shown in the US. It is the last piece of

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Feb 25

Presented in association with MadCat Women’s International Film Festival Traverse the rough terrain of border control, brutal dictatorships and the aftermath of war in tonight’s innovative hybrid documentaries. In Stranger Comes to Town, Jacqueline Goss re-works Department of Homeland Security animations, combining them with the personal stories of six immigrants crossing the US border, the

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Feb 23

Presented in association with MadCat Women’s International Film Festival While media made from ones and zeros continues to conquer the world, these artists continue to explore the tactile medium of celluloid. Stories of disappearing rural communities, fragile filial relations, and life’s ineffable moments are revealed as if in bas-relief by these virtuoso filmmakers who use

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Feb 23

Presented in association with Illuminated Corridor The artists of the Illuminated Corridor return to San Francisco with another collision of public art, film and live music: an evening of free outdoor cinema that reflects the collection, and aspirations, of the Prelinger Library and Archive. Over 30 musicians and filmmakers will simultaneously relight the facades of

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Feb 23

Ed Emshwiller won five Hugo awards for his science fiction magazine covers and involved notable science fiction authors in his moving image work. Carol is a short portrait of Emshwiller’s wife, an award-winning science fiction writer. Image, Flesh and Voice, a feature-length experimental work, weaves together conversations by New Wave science fiction authors, including Damon

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Feb 23

Combining an early-80s New Wave androgynous flair and a plugged-in proto-cyberpunk sensibility, Almy’s delirious data-trip, Leaving the 20th Century, remains one of the most formidable experimental videos of its decade. For his 16mm feature, Junk, Roddy Bogawa turns to a later set of musical influences: the post-apocalyptic tendencies of post-punk noise. (Ed Halter)

Feb 23

Presented in association with SFMOMA Shortly before his death in 1972, Cornell gifted his own films as well as his extensive film collection to Anthology Film Archives. Much of this work has been preserved by that institution and is exhibited regularly at that venue. These programs represent two of these recurring screenings. “What Cornell’s movies

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Feb 23

Presented in association with Canyon Cinema Tonight’s program includes a sampling of new films recently placed into distribution with Canyon Cinema. All the works presented will be shown in 16mm or 35mm format to honor Canyon Cinema’s devotion to promotion of the distribution and projection of motion picture film. (Dominic Angerame) Screening: Silver Screen by

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Feb 23

Presented in association with the PFA and the SFAI Film Department From 2004 through 2006, Voom HD LAB, a project of Voom HD Networks, conducted a residency program which offered a wide range of filmmakers access to state of the art facilities and fostered a diverse body of works, imagining the televised signal as an

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Feb 23

Presented in association with SFMOMA While Cornell’s best known films are collages of pre-existing material produced in relative privacy, Cornell briefly collaborated with filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt and Lawrence Jordan, deeply influencing the work of each of these significant artists. This program presents a sampling of this collaborative work with a selection of recent

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Feb 23

Presented in association with The Exploratorium “STRUCTURE is derived through the division of a whole into parts. In my cinematic equation formal considerations are directed towards the projector where the convergence of light lines and sound evolve into an interactive play between ourselves and the character of this phenomenal apparatus. Film, meanwhile, is a cinematic

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Feb 23

Presented in association with The Exploratorium “STRUCTURE is derived through the division of a whole into parts. In my cinematic equation formal considerations are directed towards the projector where the convergence of light lines and sound evolve into an interactive play between ourselves and the character of this phenomenal apparatus. Film, meanwhile, is a cinematic

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Feb 23

Presented in association with Canyon Cinema Bruce Baillie, founder of both Canyon Cinema and San Francisco Cinematheque, visits San Francisco to present two screenings honoring a selection of departed filmmakers who have given a piece of their souls to the noble cause of avant-garde cinema. Having known several of the filmmakers presented in tonight’s show,

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Feb 23

Anne McGuire re-edits Robert Wise’s 1971 film The Andromeda Strain (based on Michael Crichton’s novel) into Strain Andromeda The so the shots run backwards, end to beginning, creating an awesome and spellbinding film that throws everything from story structure to character motivation into question. (Ed Halter) Download program notes

Feb 23

In Cinepolis, the Film Capitol, Mexican artist, Ximena Cuevas, spins a video from the other side: a meta-metaphor of American economic imperialism, told through CGI multiplex trailers and masochistic Hollywood fantasies. Culled from Bay Area legend Craig Baldwin’s infamous personal archive of obscure cinephemera-gladiator flicks, newsreels, travelogues, James Bond films, B-grade horror and Mexican thrillers-Tribulation

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Feb 23

Presented in association with Canyon Cinema Filmmaking in the Bay Area has an explosive history and has had a far lasting dynamic effect around the world. Explosive new forms of film have emerged from the Bay Area community over the years to reveal unheralded new visions of the medium and explorations into its aesthetic properties.

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Feb 23

Witness tonight’s unfolding: an aural-optic remedy for dyspepsia, constipation, sick headache dizziness, low spirit caused by disordered stomach, neuralgia, kidney and liver complaints, bilious attacks, piles, malaria, and general debility! Demons-the wrecked-synth duo of Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Steve Kenney (Isis)-erupt amidst a live vortextual video drone by Alivia Zivich. An uncontrollable bout of

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Feb 23

Citing a diverse cast of major influences, including Sharits, Breer, LaPore and Dorsky, the prolific New York filmmaker Hans Michaud has, over twenty years, produced a body of sublime and concentrated works of cinema entirely his own. Simultaneously obsessive and meditative, Michaud applies a taxonomists’ rigor to both cinematography and editing, describing the city landscape

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Feb 23

Presented in association with SFMOMA Shortly before his death in 1972, Cornell gifted his own films as well as his extensive film collection to Anthology Film Archives. Much of this work has been preserved by that institution and is exhibited regularly at that venue. These programs represent two of these recurring screenings. “What Cornell’s movies

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Feb 23

Presented in association with SFMOMA While Cornell’s best known films are collages of pre-existing material produced in relative privacy, Cornell briefly collaborated with filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt and Lawrence Jordan, deeply influencing the work of each of these significant artists. This program presents a sampling of this collaborative work with a selection of recent

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Feb 23

Presented in association with SFMOMA Shortly before his death in 1972, Cornell gifted his own films as well as his extensive film collection to Anthology Film Archives. Much of this work has been preserved by that institution and is exhibited regularly at that venue. These programs represent two of these recurring screenings. “What Cornell’s movies

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Feb 23

Ellen Zweig’s HEAP forms a series of portraits of Westerners who have studied, imagined, loved and misunderstood China. The five videos in the collection use documentary and narrative strategies, emerging as metaphoric explorations of the multiple misunderstandings and rare moments of connection across cultures. With footage shot in China and images of an invented China,

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Feb 23

Leah Gilliam remixes the racial politics of the Planet of the Apes in Apeshit and a free-form sense of foreboding and invasion inhabits James Fotopoulos’ ontological horror-film The Nest. (Ed Halter) Download program notes

Feb 23

James June Schneider’s 1, 2, 3, Whiteout, making its US premiere, offers up a low-fi retro-futurist romance while in Victor Faccinto’s last cut-out film, Shameless, is an underground-comix-inspired animation set in a multidimensional space pad; a pervy, groovy, adults-only, erotic romp. (Ed Halter)

Feb 23

Presented in association with SFMOMA While Cornell’s best known films are collages of pre-existing material produced in relative privacy, Cornell briefly collaborated with filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt and Lawrence Jordan, deeply influencing the work of each of these significant artists. This program presents a sampling of this collaborative work with a selection of recent

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Feb 23

For seventeen years, the Venice CA-based PXL THIS Festival has celebrated the astounding persistence of the Fisher Price PXL-2000 camera, a plastic video camcorder that records sound and image directly onto audiocassettes. An invention without a future, the toy camera seemed dead on arrival, yet has proved itself a format that refuses to give up

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Feb 23

Tonight! Anne McGuire and George Kuchar, two twinkling pixels of video art goodness, team up for a Valentine’s Day love fest, presenting a bountiful bouquet of voyeuristic melodrama, bemused tragicomedy, soap opera sentimentality and touching personal portraiture. Gorgeous George, the prowling, camcording everyman, presents new episodes of his continuous series of everyday video encounters, including

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Feb 23

First prize winner at the 2007 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Jessie Stead’s “structuralist road movie” Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains explores the magical mundanity of byway wandering (as well as the pleasures and absurdities of cinematic structuralism) with an endlessly mutating parade of Super-8 travelogue, abstract direct animation, transient poetics, and version after

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