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Archive for December 2009 | Monthly archive page

Dec 07

7:30PM: Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1963), pop culture, sex and death; Fugs (Ed English, ca. 1962), “…the MacDouglas Street scene, police harassment, their audiences…”(EE); Allures (Jordan Belson, 1961), a voyage into the realm of meditation and Eastern consciousness; Cosmic Ray (Bruce Conner, 1961), a rapid-fire montage to the throbbing sounds of Ray Charles; Bridges-Go-Round (Shirley

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Dec 07

See Sunday Oct 6, 1996 for Special Series Description 7:30PM: Triptych in Four Parts (Larry Jordan, 1958), “…a spiritual drug odyssey seeking religious epiphany…”(LJ); Aleph (Wallace Berman, ca. 1964), a Kabbalistic collage of symbols and secretive acts; Overstimulated (Jack Smith, 1960); Little Stabs At Happiness (Ken Jacobs, 1959-63), the triumph of whimsy in Lower Manhattan,

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Dec 07

Beat culture shook 50’s and early 60’s America to its very placid core. Beat meant “Poor, down and out, deadbeat, sad, used,” according to Beat writer John Clellon Holmes. Jack Kerouac added, “The Beat Generation is basically a religious generation…Beat means beatitude, not beat up…You feel it in a beat, in jazz–real cool jazz or

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Dec 07

“He Was Born, He Suffered, He Died”; @; The Shores of Phos: A Fable; The Wold Shadow; RR; Sincerity I; Nightmare Series

Dec 07

tENT tonight presents IMP ACTIVISM Issue #3, a “vaudeo magazine” featuring political activist works intENT upon quasi-documenting secret shoppers for trickster culture while attempting to overthrow the dominant paradigm (so he tells us). Titles include Ski Mask News, Undie-Pendance Day, Pretzels for the Suits, The Asshole is a Tense Hole, Nestled Deep.. (about spiritual ecologist

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Dec 07

Co-Sponsored by Frameline Hide and Seek (1996, 63 min., produced in association with the Independent Television Service) is an exploration into wild, uncharted territory-lesbian adolescence in the 1960s. Lou is a 12 year old girl who daydreams in a tree house, tries not to watch a sex education film and is horrified to discover that

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Dec 03

Fred Halsted was the most notorious gay underground filmmaker of the 1970s. Tonight we present three extremely rare films, Sex Garage (1972), LA Plays Itself (1972), and the extraordinary Sex Tool (1975). Each film contains scenes that are censored out of their video releases. Halsted was one of very few artists working in gay erotic

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Dec 03

Su Friedrich has become one of America’s most celebrated and groundbreaking independent filmmakers over the last fifteen years. Moving between intimately personal and politically charged subject matter, Su’s films are formally daring yet reach out to many audiences. As a longtime lesbian activist, her work champions both social and aesthetic personal freedom. The Cinematheque will

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Dec 03

Filmmakers Amanda and Bruce Posner have curated a stunning collection of short experimental films made for the powerful and finely detailed 35mm film format. Films include jolting new works by Martin Arnold (Jesus Walking On The Screen, Stadtraum Remise), Peter Kubelka’s percussive classic Arnulf Rainer, Samuel Beckett’s Film with Buster Keaton, Rhythm In Light, Polkagraph,

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Dec 03

Ordet (The Word)(1954-55, 126 min.) is Carl Dreyer’s profound meditation on the place of the spiritual in human life, and a landmark of world cinema. Based on a play by Kaj Munk, Ordet tells a simple but compelling story of religious belief and dogma in a rural Danish town. Dreyer keeps the theatrical chamber staging

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Dec 03

Jalal Toufic is a prolific writer, film theorist and video artist. Through images from the yearly Shiite ritual Ashoura commemorating the slaughter of the grandson of Mohammed in 680, Jalal’s two-channel video Ashoura: This Blood Spilled In My Veins (1996) “probes the function of the preservation of the image in the digital era, the era

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Dec 03

Canyon Cinema Director and San Francisco based filmmaker Dominic Angerame premieres In The Course Of Human Events (1997), concluding the cycle of four individual films of his “City Symphony.” This quartet of black and white films represents a decade of Dominic’s work that explores and observes the urban environment in its constant state of change.

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Dec 03

Pelle Lowe’s films and performances have been riveting Boston and New York audiences for years, and in her first San Francisco appearance she will show a broad range of super-8mm and 16mm films: “I’m interested in the ways that culture mediates emotion and identity…How do certain gestures and emotional styles become repressed or ritualized to

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Dec 03

Animation is usually overlooked when considering films from the first part of the century, but many are remarkably fresh by today’s standards. This program presents several rarely seen gems which delight in film’s new-found ability to bring still images to animated life. Films include Drame Chez les Fantoces (1908) and The Man In the Moon

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Dec 03

“Her lens is focused on the physical world, but she sees it through a poetic temperament. She catches the bits and fragments of the world around her and organizes them into aesthetic unities which communicate to us…Does Menken transpose reality or condense it? Or does she simply go direct to the essence ot it?” (Jonas

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Dec 03

The Cinematheque and San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (NAATA) co-present two programs of short films and videos curated by the Festival Program Committee: “37 Stories About Leaving Home” with work by Shelly Silver, Veena Cabreros-Sud and S. Morijiro on Saturday, at 7:00PM; and “Lobby Lounge”, showing continuously in the theater lounge, with work

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Dec 03

Co-Sponsored by NAATA Special Admission $7.50 for non-members of Cinematheque or NAATA Indian filmmaker Nilita Vachani’s new documentary is a portrait of Josephine, one of thousands of women in developing countries forced to abandon country, home and family in order to support the family they leave behind. While her own children grow up in an

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Dec 03

A Benefit for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center Co-Sponsored by Film Arts Foundation Special Admission: $7.00 Five award-winning, provocative films which deal with a woman’s various bodily functions- eating, drinking, bleeding, ovulating, fantasizing, obsessing, inseminating, and healing- and with the concept of a woman’s “functioning” in society. Capturing formative bodily experiences women go through in

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