Archive for May 2011 | Monthly archive page

May 22

In conjunction with the exhibition Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change, we present an evening of Muybridge-inspired dance choreographed and directed by Catherine Galasso; a Muybridge-driven conversation on cinematic space and time led by author Rebecca Solnit; and four Muybridge-inspired short films chosen by Steve Polta and Rebecca Solnit. SCREENING: Breakaway by Bruce

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May 09

Purchase tickets here! Films by: LAWRENCE JORDAN / KERRY LAITALA / PAUL CLIPSON / DOUG KATELUS / SCOTT STARK Includes a MASH UP AVANT-POP performance with PSYCHEDELIC PROJECTIONS; a SILENT AUCTION of rad experimental film ART, raffle items & drinks & treats! Join us for a special benefit and fiftieth anniversary celebration featuring an eclectic

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May 09

Lecture by Gene Youngblood Free Admission “Gene Youngblood had a pioneering influence on the alternative media movement as a columnist for the great Los Angeles Free Press,” David Barsamian of Alternative Radio has commented. “He had deep and early insight into how culture is manufactured and how politics is interwoven with all facets of our

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May 09

PFA Preservation Tape Introduced by Gene Youngblood, George Kuchar in person Year after year, George Kuchar returns to the Motel Reno, twenty miles outside of Oklahoma City, to wait for a tornado. Before long we are into some real weather, courtesy of the twenty-four-hour weather channel that links George and his wet mutt Runt with

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May 09

Preservation Prints Screening followed by George and Mike Kuchar in conversation with Gene Youngblood Twins Mike and George Kuchar spent their preteen years devouring movies in their Bronx neighborhood theaters, Mike soaking in the melodramatic colors and music, George zeroing in on the dramatic possibilities. When, at age twelve, their mother gave them an 8mm

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May 09

(La Noia). Damiano Damiani’s psychological exploration, based on a novel by Alberto Moravia and presented here in its U.S. release version, centers on a tortured young painter whose empty heart is echoed by his blank canvas. Declaring there is nothing worth painting, he also finds he is incapable of feeling as he falls into an

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May 09

After home video formats became available, George and Mike Kuchar embraced their affordability and, even more so, their vast array of low-end special effects. While they both continued to mount irreverent genre spectacles, Mike also began making a series of lyrical, interpretive portraits, and George turned the camera on himself as he poured out confessions.

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May 08

Free-floating depression and lurching libidos surface in much of the Kuchar brothers’ homespun oeuvre. When they add in a soaring musical score, dramatic lighting, and marvelously convoluted story lines, their films transcend Hollywood melodrama, albeit with a campy, tawdry sensibility. While both brothers take it over the top, Mike’s cinematic style can also bring a

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May 08

“This candy colored and body greased soap opera of male strippers, street hookers, family values, and a bit of urban crime makes one also want to hit the streets. It’s all rather upbeat despite the depths it depicts and rather tear-inducing in its unabashed, cinematic sentiments. All that young beefcake should be able to balance

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May 08

PFA Preservation Print Toward the end of this paralytically funny film, a Kucharian buck blurts out, “If there’s no food for the peasants, give them cheesecake, give them beefcake.” Fortunately, there’s plenty of both: cheesecake in the form of luscious high-cholesterol drama, and beefcake in the form of firmly faceted physiques swathed in the attire

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May 08

Mike Kuchar’s first 16mm film, the sci-fi extravaganza Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965), is set far in the future, when highly evolved robots take care of the daily chores while their masters lead lives of pleasure. But when two robots fall in love, it’s not just their circuits that go haywire. Starring George Kuchar as

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