Sept 20 & 22 — SPECIAL WARNING: FILMS BY ROBERT NELSON

September 20, 6:00 pm September 22, 12:30 pm Introduced by curators Lori Felker and Mark Toscano! Renowned for their exuberance and inventive cinematic wit, Robert Nelson’s films established him as a leading member of the West Coast avant-garde and post-Beat culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s.  These two programs of different works pair recently restored […]

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area /// New Prints/New Preservation

February 16, 6:00 p.m. | Introduced by Steve Anker, curator and Dean of the School of Film/Video at CalArts Image from Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Prologue (Leslie Thornton, 1984). Courtesy the Pacific Film Archive Library. Since the 1940s, San Francisco has been both a haven and inspiration for an influential constellation of moving […]

Reenactments

Thursday, November 18, 6pm | Curator Irina Botea in person! “Artistic reenactments do not ask…what really happened…instead, they ask what the images we see might mean concretely to us” — Inke Arns Artistic reenactments do not aim to affirm or glorify the past, but rather to examine an event’s relevance in the present. They call […]

Everything I Tell You Now Is True: The Short Films of Emily Wardill

Thursday, April 8, 6pm |Emily Wardill in person! Still from “Ben” (Emily Wardill, 2007). Courtesy the artist and LUX. The films of British artist Emily Wardill are brilliant cinematic labyrinths. Visually striking and playfully rigorous, they draw upon an array of sources– underground theater, psychoanalytic case studies, the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Rancière, […]

The Dance Camera: Locked & Loaded

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 6pm | Curator Danièle Wilmouth in person! Read the Chicago Reader capsule by Andrea Gronvall here. Miranda Pennell, Tattoo (2001). Image courtesy of the artist. In an effort to dispel the notion that the dance film is largely a decorative and apolitical genre, The Dance Camera: Locked & Loaded is an […]

Falling Out of Time: New Documentaries from the Former Soviet Europe

Thursday, April 3, 6pm | Curators Oona Mosna and Jeremy Rigsby in person! Igor Strembitsky, Wayfarers (2005). Image courtesy of the artist. Once the home of state-sponsored social realism, the former Soviet Europe has given rise to a new breed of documentary, revising its realist tradition with the observational ambiguities and formal rigor more familiar […]

Clandestinos! Mapping Cuba’s Digital Audiovisual Landscape

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 6pm | Cristina Venegas in person! In recent years, Cuba has witnessed an explosion of independent media, ushered in by a dynamic new generation of artists and filmmakers and the increasing availability of digital technologies. Presented as part of a month-long series of Cuban film and video at the Film Center, […]

Cinema of Prayoga: Indian Experimental Films

Thursday, September 6, 2007, 6pm For nearly a century, Indian filmmakers have drawn on the country’s rich aesthetic traditions to craft radically original works.  Despite the international popularity of Bollywood, the country’s “Cinema of Prayoga” (which loosely translates as cinema of “experiment” in Sanskrit) remains largely unknown. Curated by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza of […]

LTTR: The Dead, The Absent and Fictitious

Thursday, April 5, 2007, 6pm LTTR in person! LTTR (K8 Hardy, Emily Roysdon, Ulrike Mueller, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi) is a radically vibrant feminist art collective. Post-punk and gender-queer, their exuberant activist practice includes international curatorial projects, community-based workshops, screenings, and an annual self-published arts journal-enthusing a growing community of artists and thinkers. Tonight’s program […]

Akram Zaatari: This Day

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 6pm Akram Zaatari in person! In 1982, 16-year-old Akram Zaatari watched the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon from his balcony in Saida, documenting the bombings in a diary of snapshots. The resulting images—at once beautiful and terrifying—make up his stunning 2004 video Saida, June 6, 1982 and have haunted his work […]

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