Filmmakers are often drawn to explore the face of where they live, and San Francisco offers a field of contrasting and visually arresting locations that has inspired experimental films and videos for more than fifty years. This program of work made between 1979 and 2005 includes Dominic Angerame’s Freedom’s Skyway, a blend of Chinatown and film emulsion fireworks; Michael Rudnick’s elegant cinematic paean of shadow and light, Panorama; Mark McGowan’s ethereal and mystifying contemplation Fog; Toney Merritt’s whimsical mystery By The Sea; Abigail Child’s Pacific Far East Line, a cinematic re-presentation of downtown movement and rhythm; Ken Paul Rosenthal’s I My Bike, a poetic rumination on life lived on the street; Tomonari Nishikawa’s Market Street, a concentrated mosaic of patterns encountered on the city’s main thoroughfare; Scott Stark’s delightful visual conundrum of urban spaces, SLOW; and Anne McGuire’s verité fantasy on the urban mundane, Joe DiMaggio 1, 2, 3. Thanks to Steve Polta. (Steve Anker)
Dominic Angerame: Freedom’s Skyway (1980) 5 min. / Michael Rudnick: Panorama (1982) 15 min. / Mark McGowan: Fog (1979) 7 min. / Toney Merritt: By The Sea (1982) 3 min. / Abigail Child: Pacific Far East Line (1979) 12 min. / Ken Paul Rosenthal: I My Bike (2002) 6 min. / Tomonari Nishikawa: Market Street (2005) 5 min. / Scott Stark: SLOW (2001) 16 min. / Anne McGuire: Joe DiMaggio 1, 2, 3 (1991) 11 min.