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Archive for January 2010 | Monthly archive page

Jan 14

Lynne Sachs in-person [members: $5 / non-members: $10 / CCA Students, Faculty & Staff: Free] A frequent theme in Sachs’ work is the aftermath of war and its lingering effects on multi-generational families. Investigation of a Flame is a work of poetic investigative journalism that explores a 1968 Vietnam War protest in suburban Baltimore. Blending

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Jan 14

Lynne Sachs in-person Presented in association with the Pacific Film Archive Lynne Sachs has been making films for twenty-five years, shifting between short, lyrical works and longer experimental documentaries, all distinguished by her beautiful camerawork and poetic associations. Her most recent film, The Last Happy Day, is a portrait of a distant cousin, Sandor Lenard,

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Jan 14

Lynne Sachs in-person presented in association with Oddball Film + Video [members: $5 / non-members: $10] Lynne Sachs short works reverberate with the distilled quality of poetic moments. From her early work in 16mm film in the 1980s through her later works utilizing the immediacy of videotape, the texture of 8mm film and expanded pallet

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Jan 14

States of Belonging: A Lynne Sachs Retrospective Working since the mid-1980s, variously on lyrical formal shorts and long form experimental documentaries, Lynne Sachs’ body of film and video work has explored the relationships between individual memory and experience in the context of large historical forces. Foregrounding personal history and autobiography, Sachs exalts the intimate gesture

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Jan 14

Stanton Kaye and Jim McBride in-person presented in association with Tosca Cafe & Cabinetic [members: $6 / non-members: $10] “I saw Brandy shortly after it was completed, liked it rather well, but thought it was limited in scope and would age quite poorly. It was I, not Brandy, however, that was limited in scope… I

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Jan 14

Jim McBride and Stanton Kaye in-person presented in association with Tosca Cafe & Cabinetic introduced by Tom Luddy [members: $6 / non-members: $10] “However personal some of its origins might be, David Holzman’s Diary is in fact a great work of synthesis summarizing the very notions of the film director as subject (and therefore as

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Jan 14

presented in collaboration with Jeanette Etheredge A special reception with guests Stanton Kaye and Jim McBride, in anticipation of their forthcoming programs on 2-April and 3-April.

Jan 14

curated & introduced by Irina Leimbacher presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art In the 1970s SFMOMA screened a number international and American nonfiction works, including film essays, political manifestoes and experimental works proclaiming or interrogating social and aesthetic change. Among them were works by Chris Marker, including La Jetée, Letter

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Jan 14

Naomi Uman in-person presented in association with the USF Film Studies Program & Cinema Project [free] While exploring family roots in Ukraine, American filmmaker Naomi Uman lived in Legedzine, a small village near the center of the country, and made Ukrainian Time Machine—employing the same diary-film style as seen in her past works Leche and

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Jan 14

Ben Russell in-person [members: $6 / non-members: $10] After innumerable shorter works, Ben Russell’s debut feature expands the themes of his celebrated Trypps series to remarkable new territories. Let Each One… painstakingly follows two brothers on a journey throughout Suriname, retracing the post-slavery migration of their ancestors across the country. Russell’s compelling configuration of thirteen

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Jan 14

presented in association with Other Cinema curated & presented by Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt of Cinéma Abattoir [members: $5 / non-members: $10] Toward the Abîme-Cinéma, Le cinema, l’apesanteur (Cinemas, Heaviness) exposes the latent image, the one situated inside the anticipated and menacing Spiral itself. Satanism, Nature, Love and Mysticism are all motoring against the opacity of the

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Jan 14

introduced by Billy Woodberry presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art During February 1977, SFMOMA presented an in depth series, “Independent Black Cinema,” that included films by early black pioneers as well as talented young filmmakers. One of the highlights, Bush Mama is still little known even though it retains its

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Jan 14

75 Years in the Dark: SFMOMA Screenings 1960-1985 SFMOMA resumed regular screenings in early 1967 and continuing through late 1978, presenting programs sometimes once and at other times several times per week. During these years, Bob White, Edith Kramer, Mel Novikoff and Ken DeRoux were the curators. The programming was eclectic and strong, including classic

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Jan 14

presented in association with New Nothing Cinema curated & presented by Douglas Katelus [Free] Dean Snider: Hey! (1981), 1/24 sec. » : Bored Members (1981), 2 min. » : Cloud Nine (1983), 3 min. » : Ish & Vinny (1982), 18 sec. » : Preferred Piece (1982), 1 min. » : 1984 (1984), 50 sec.

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Jan 14

presented in association with New Nothing Cinema curated & presented by Douglas Katelus [Free] A long time ago or so it seems people made films just for the fun of it. Then someone got the idea that film had to hurt. No pain, no gain. Somehow film showcases decided they were right. Today people still

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Jan 14

curated by Sally Golding, Joel Stern & Danni Zuvela of OtherFilm [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Australian avant-garde film history is characterized by formal investigation into themes of landscape, alienation and perception. While their works are in conversation with contemporaneous European and American filmmakers, experimental filmmakers in Australia have worked largely in isolation to produce

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Jan 13

James Benning in-person presented in association with the Exploratorium‘s Cinema Arts Program [members: $5 / non-members: $10] The figure of the artist, explorer or philosopher working in contemplative isolation figures prominently in the American narrative. In 2007 and 2008, in an act of private contemplation of this archetype, James Benning constructed replicas of two famous

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Jan 13

James Benning in-person presented in association with the USF Film Studies Program [members: $5 / non-members: $10] After nearly three decades of creating films in U.S. locations, James Benning’s feature-length Ruhr is his first work shot entirely outside of North America (and his first work on digital video). Commissioned for German television, the film is

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Jan 13

presented in association with the Film Studies Program at the University of San Francisco and the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program [members: $6 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. A bleak companion to American Dreams, Landscape Suicide finds parallels of isolation between infamous mass murderer Ed Gein’s life in 1950s Wisconsin and that of teenager

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Jan 13

Darkest Americana & Elsewhere: Films, Video & Words of James Benning presented in association with the Film Studies Program at the University of San Francisco and the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program Since the early 1970s, James Benning has created a body of formally innovative, long-form film works which use duration, understated camera work and (at

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Jan 13

presented in association with the Illuminated Corridor and Overlap [members: $5 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. [2-Day Pass: members: $15 / non-members: $35] Order the 2-Day Pass here. Abject Leader (Sally Golding & Joel Stern) [Brisbane, Australia] (headliner) Kerry Laitala [San Francisco, USA] & Michael Proft [San Diego, USA] Bruce McClure [Brooklyn, USA]

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Jan 13

presented in association with the Illuminated Corridor and Overlap [members: $5 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. [2-Day Pass: members: $15 / non-members: $35] Order the 2-Day Pass here. Karl Lemieux & Hyena Hive [Montreal, Canada] (headliner) Keith Evans [Oakland, USA] Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder [New York City, USA] and Adam Sonderberg, sound

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Jan 13

presented in association with the Illuminated Corridor and Overlap [members: $5 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. [2-Day Pass: members: $15 / non-members: $35] Order the 2-Day Pass here. Bruce McClure [Brooklyn, USA] (headliner) Paul Clipson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma [San Francisco, USA] Karl Lemieux & Hyena Hive [Montreal, Canada] Apparent Motion celebrates the art

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Jan 13

presented in association with the Illuminated Corridor and Overlap [members: $5 / non-members: $10] Order advance tickets here. [2-Day Pass: members: $15 / non-members: $35] Order the 2-Day Pass here. Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder [New York City, USA] with Adam Sonderberg, sound (headliner) CinePimps (Alfonso Alvarez & Keith Arnold) [Berkeley, USA] Abject Leader (Sally

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