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Archive for August 2009 | Monthly archive page

Aug 06

Mike & George Kuchar in person presented in association with Frameline [members: $7 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. “George and Mike Kuchar are the twin darlings of the experimental film world, makers of hundreds of films and videos and legends in their own time. But back in the ’50s and ’60s they were

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Aug 06

presented in association with Overlap.org [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. Drawing from each artist’s extensive work in installation and music composition, the live audio/video performances of Elise Baldwin and Kadet Kuhne create unique cinematic experiences through the application of real-time compositional techniques. With an interest in the transmitted electronic signal (via

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Aug 06

[members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. “[F]unny, sad, touching, bizarre, brilliant…” (Mark Toscano) The renowned Owen Land (maker of the justifiably celebrated Remedial Reading Comprehension, On the Marriage Broker Joke… and Wide Angle Saxon) returns with his long-awaited semi-autobiographical Dialogues, a work that finally reveals Land’s mysterious exploits after he ventured back

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Aug 06

[members: free / non-members: $10] To dispel the disparaging and misguided claims that experimental work is little more than a territory for tedious academic pursuits, this edition of the Cinematheque Salon proves once-and-for-all that the avant-garde knows the importance of whimsy. Anyone familiar with the films of Robert Nelson, Martha Colburn, Morgan Fisher, Lawrence Jordan,

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Aug 06

Yvonne Rainer in person [members: $5 / non-members: $10 / SFAI students & faculty: free] “Who else could spin hot flashes, Lenny Bruce, Carmen Miranda and [Eldridge Cleaver’s] Soul on Ice into such a pungent brew?” (The Village Voice) In Privilege, Rainer takes on the rarely explored subject of menopause and constructs a fascinating, witty

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Aug 06

Yvonne Rainer in person [members: $5 / non-members: $10 / SFAI students & faculty: free] The films of Yvonne Rainer confront the personal implications of social and political issues with a keen wit, inventive sensibility and uncompromising voice. Interweaving narrative and non-narrative elements while challenging expectations of fact and fiction, Rainer deconstructs cinematic conventions and

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Aug 06

Uncertain Relations: Yvonne Rainer Lecture & Films Yvonne Rainer in person presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Division, Spheres of Interest: Experiments in Thinking & Action, the graduate lecture series, directed by Renée Green, Dean of Graduate Studies [members, non-members, SFAI students & faculty: free] Distinguished Professor in the Claire Trevor

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Aug 06

presented in association with the USF Film Studies Program [members: $7 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. A committed cinematic explorer, Deborah Stratman’s essayistic film work resembles that of James Benning and Vanessa Renwick in its examination of landscape and locale as well as its poetic contemplation of ideology and belief. Presented as a

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Aug 06

[members: $5 / non-members: $10/ CCA students & faculty: free] The films of Daniel Barnett are among the most complex (and least understood) works in all of cinema. Taking Peter Kubelka’s aesthetics of shot-to-shot/frame-to-frame collision and articulation to elegant extremes, works such as 1975’s White Heart and 1987-90’s Endless embody profound expressions of visual language

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Aug 06

presented in association with the Headlands Center for the Arts [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. Exploring states of psychological purgatory, journeys of spiritual flux and the possibilities of transcendence found in the act of getting lost, these episodes in the struggles and joys of the transient being are in turns haunting,

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Aug 06

Ute Aurand in person presented in collaboration with the Pacific Film Archive [members: $5 / non-members: $10/ CCA students & faculty: free] Over the last thirty years, German filmmaker Ute Aurand has been creating films drawn from her daily life, travels and friends. Made in conversation with the work of Jonas Mekas, Margaret Tait and

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Aug 06

introduced by Michael Zryd presented in association with Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Series [members: $5 / non-members: $10] In his drive to explore and catalog the possibilities and parameters of cinematic representation, Hollis Frampton delighted in paradox, frequently creating complex conceptual structures that pitted the precision of language against the abstraction and excess of photographic representation.

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Aug 06

After Day Comes Night & After That, Day Comes Again curated by Dominic Angerame introduced by Irina Leimbacher, Steve Anker, Dominic Angerame and other guests to be announced presented in association with Canyon Cinema and the San Francisco Film Society, as part of Cinema by the Bay. [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets

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Aug 06

curated and presented by Gerry Fialka introduced by Merle Kessler presented in association with Litquake [members: $10 / non-members: $15] Advance Tickets On Sale Now Paramedia-ecologist Gerry Fialka’s challenging interactive workshop probes how Joyce’s 1939 meta-narrative book/epic collage Finnegans Wake (and Marshall McLuhan’s Menippean satirized translation) presaged experimental and political activist cinema. How did the

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Aug 06

Dine and drink with assorted invited guests from the Fall 2009 and forthcoming Winter/Spring 2010 Cinematheque seasons. Space is extremely limited. RSVP to attend.

Aug 06

P. Adams Sitney in person [members:$5 / non-members:$10 / CCA students & faculty:free] Writing and lecturing on film since the early 1960s (and presently Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University), P. Adams Sitney stands as one of avant-garde cinema’s most passionate and eloquent theorists and critics. His

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Aug 06

Robert Beavers in person (See Thursday October 8 for Series Overview) [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. Ruskin foregrounds Beavers’ love of literature, architecture and landscape — the filmmaker’s hand rests on a volume of John Ruskin’s The Stones of Venice and much of the film is shot in the environs of

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Aug 06

Robert Beavers in person (See Thursday October 8 for Series Overview) [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. “In Palinode a disk-shapped matte continually shifting in and out of focus alternately blocks part of the image or contains it. Its respiratory rhythm matches musical fragments of Wladimir Vogel’s Wagadu, as the camera studies

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Aug 06

Robert Beavers in person (See Thursday October 8 for Series Overview) [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. Early Monthly Segments, filmed when Beavers was eighteen and nineteen years old, is a stylized work of self-portraiture, depicting the filmmaker and his companion Gregory J. Markopoulos in their Swiss lodgings. The film functions as

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Aug 06

My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure Robert Beavers in person presented in collaboration with the Pacific Film Archive & the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art The films of Robert Beavers are exceptional for their visual beauty, aural texture and depth of emotional expression. Born in 1949 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Beavers

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Aug 06

Ken Jacobs in person presented in association with Microcinema International [members: $5 / non-members: $10 / CCA students & faculty: free] Making a rare appearance in the Bay Area, seminal filmmaker Ken Jacobs presents a selection of new work in digital video that demonstrates the diversity of his cinema. Jacobs’ newest videos encompass improvised performance,

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Aug 06

presented in association with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [members: $6 / non-members: $8] Gustav Deutsch, the master of found footage, “weaves together a stunning array of color-tinted images from a variety of genres, including scientific, erotic, fiction and actuality films. Deutsch also obtained privileged access to the film archives of the Kinsey

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Aug 06

curated and presented by Kyle Stephan presented in association with Frameline and the SFAI Department of Film with thanks to Tom Chomont, Outfest Legacy Project for LBGT Film Preservation, the National Film Preservation Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. [members: $5 / non-members: $10/ SFAI students & faculty: free] Since 1961, Tom Chomont

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Aug 06

co-curated by Tomonari Nishikawa & Vanessa O’Neill presented in association with the Center for Asian American Media [members: $7 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here In tandem with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art visual arts exhibits The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography and Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea, Measurement in the Impermanence

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Aug 06

Presented in association with Cabinetic, RE/Search, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the San Francisco Bay Guardian Main Floor (General Admission) — members: $20 / non-members: $25 Balcony (General Admission) — members: $10 / non-members: $15 Order advance tickets here. Member tickets are available directly from San Francisco Cinematheque. The center/front section of the

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Aug 03

Donna Cameron is an artist whose films combine sculptural, painterly and photographic concerns into her own hand-crafted idiom. Much of Donna’s work involves a special paper-emulsion-on-film technique which she invented, creating uniquely cinematic and textured light-plays. Tonight’s mini-retrospective includes the recent Dragon, Mosaic #4, The Clown, Coralmation, Autumn Leaves, and earlier work. “Donna Cameron works

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Aug 03

Tonight’s program was curated by Ed Jones and features work by himself and two other San Francisco filmmakers who are well known for their long-time activities in and around 30 Berry Street and the Bay Area independent media community. Helen Caswell will show three “little-seen narratives gems” from the 1980s, Cake (1980), Naomi (1983) and

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Aug 03

These three Bay Area-based women each use the cinematic medium to trace connections between present and past, between here and elsewhere, between self and other. While Thai filmmaker Lawan Jirasuradej’s exquisitely staged portraits of women in various stages of their life create a vibrant and diverse fresco of female strength, German-American Ingrid Schulz seeks the

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Aug 03

Filmmaker Bruce Cooper will present a group of recent films by mostly emerging artists from the Denver-Boulder area. Many are graduates of the Film Studies program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where Stan Brakhage, Phil Solomon, and Don Yannacito teach production. “Presented silently, the films envision romantic themes: the search for self and love,

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Aug 03

Yvonne Rainer’s performances and films have influenced a whole generation of artists, and in 1990 she was the subject of a Cinematheque retrospective and monograph. Yvonne’s newest film, MURDER and murder (1996, 113 min.) will premiere in San Francisco at the S.F. Museum of Modern Art (where a retrospective will begin later this month) and

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Aug 03

Jerome Hiler closes 1997 with two Hollywood classics: “Films set in ‘old New York’ representing the consciousness and attitudes of successive generations. Street Scene (1931, King Vidor) takes place entirely on the front steps of a melt(down)-pot tenament of the early 1930’s. Constant racial tension and enmity are barely relieved by a few kind hearts.

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Aug 03

What we call cinema today is a celebration of a series of mechanical inventions over the past 100 years. Previous to that there had been perhaps innumerable situations in which light, color, projection and other effects were used to create environments of visual intensity where the inherent illusion of our perceptions were let loose. During

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Aug 03

Tonight we welcome two high-energy low-budget super-8 filmmakers. Martha Colburn is a self-taught filmmaker and musician, who “lives in delightfully frightful Baltimore”. Martha collects films (“usually when someone’s throwing them away”) and has worked on over 4,000 individually collaged record covers. Her own films use collage and found footage. Danny Plotnick’s films “are a laff

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Aug 03

Aline Mare will discuss and show films dealing with three influential but still little known women artists from the 30’s through the 60’s: Leonor Fini, a fiercly independent painter, designer, and mystical artist whose rich body of work, eccentric lifestyle and flamboyant beauty are revealed in a documentary made towards the end of her life;

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