Friday, April 2, 2010

Two Together One: Stanton Kaye & Jim McBride

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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 superstar) and the camera as tool of self-scrutiny that the ’60s film explosion inspired.” (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

Cinematheque proudly presents two justifiably legendary filmmakers—Stanton Kaye and Jim McBride—and four feature films (plus a short) in their long overdue and most welcome return to San Francisco. Of the initial film in this first evening of double-features, Canyon/Cinematheque’s own Ernest “Chick” Callenbach instantly praised Georg, writing that it “establishes its visual authority immediately… produc[ing] a film image which stands squarely on its own—often of a touching or funny kind, but always solid, demanding no concessions and full of ironic ramifications.” Something of a cause-and-effect, Georg in a sense begat David Holzman’s Diary, arguably the White Light/White Heat of American independent cinema: limitedly distributed in its initial release yet profoundly influential among those that saw it and unquestionably a landmark of its era. In Jim McBride’s …Diary, filmmaking is the process. Filmmaking is the objective. Filmmaking is the obsessive “everything” in this highly subversive and imaginative pseudo-documentary. (JONATHAN MARLOW)

Stanton Kaye: Georg (1964), 55 min.
Jim McBride: David Holzman’s Diary (1967), 74 min.

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