Events

  • Mary Woronov, Warhol Superstar: The Chelsea Girls

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    At the majestic Castro Theatre, San Francisco Cinematheque presents The Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol’s sprawling parody of the Hollywood melodrama. Inspired by wide-screen cinema, this enormous double-projected camp classic simultaneously screens scenes from the decadent and desperate downtown lives of Warhol’s art world entourage, in garish color and gritty black and white. Mary Woronov appears in her debut role as Hanoi Hannah, interrogating a humiliated cast of captured GI Joes (portrayed by Ultra Violet and International Velvet) with other outrageously improvised “performances” by Nico, Eric Emerson, Brigid Polk, filmmaker Marie Menken and the one and only Pope Ondine. Soundtrack features a rare live recording of the Velvet Underground.

    Mary Woronov in person

    Dates: 

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 19:00

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  • (Un)Fixed Terra Firma: Analog Films from Artist-Run Labs

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    Celluloid-based filmmaking is alive and well in Europe, thanks to a network of film labs dedicated to both the preservation of technology and cinematic experimentation! This two-night program on October 27th and 28th features work from three of these cooperatives: L'Abominable in La Courneuve, France; Labor Berlin in Berlin, Germany; and Labo Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium.

    While the artists associated with these labs produce work in a variety of styles, the films selected for these two evenings are similar in that they demonstrate extremes of the photographic process. In Mahine Rouhi and Olivier Fouchard's Tahousse, and Emmanuel Lefrant’s Parties visible et invisible d'un ensemble sous tension, filmed landscapes are manipulated in color and texture toward otherworldliness and abstraction respectively. In Els van Riel's Gradual Speed, winner of the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental at the 2014 Anna Arbor Film Festival, the image in each vignette appears through time much like a photograph developing while the hum and crackle of vibrating dust erupts on the optical track.

    Dates: 

    Monday, October 27, 2014 - 19:00
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 19:00

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  • San Francisco Cinematheque Art Auction & Benefit

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    Please join us at the Center for New Music for a special reception and silent art auction from 7pm to 10pm—including fabulous food, libations and music from DJ Keith Slogan with many artists and filmmakers in person—in celebration and support of San Francisco Cinematheque, our artists and our upcoming 54th year of exhibiting cutting-edge avant-garde film and video art!

    Over 50 international, national and regional artists have contributed artworks to this year’s stellar exhibition of drawings, paintings, photography, collage and multi-media installations. We are proud to feature work by Miya Ando, Kim Anno, Craig Baldwin, Bonnie Banks, Tommy Becker, Gina Borg, Nate Boyce, Tim Buckwalter, Brian Caraway, Deric Carner, Alexander Cheves, Joshua Churchill, Paul Clipson, Bill Daniel, John Davis, Nathaniel Dorsky, Veronica De Jesus, Lauren Douglas, Jeanne C. Finley + John Muse, Maria Forde, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Brynda Glazier, Mayumi Hamanaka, Jeff Hantman, Lynn Hershman, Carrie Hott, Lawrence Jordan, Miranda July, Kevin Killian, Kadet Kuhne, Kerry Laitala, Sarah Jane Lapp, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Walter Logue, Terri Loewenthal, Jodie Mack, Anne McGuire, Kim Miskowicz, Grace Rosario Perkins, Carissa Potter, Kathleen Quillian, Dick Ramsey, Amy Rathbone, Gwenaël Rattke, Michael Robinson, Jeremy Rourke, Alexander Stewart, Chris Thorson, Mark Wilson, Vanessa Woods, Karen Yasinsky and more.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 19:00

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  • no.w.here's 10th birthday at the ICA

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    Cornerhouse Artist Film presents the special compilation of artist film to celebrate no.w.here’s 10th birthday. A unique space for artist film and moving image based in East London, no.w.here has bespoke film equipment not available anywhere else in the UK and is a vital production space for artists to innovate and experiment. 

    This screening includes work by artists Bradley Eros & Tim Geraghty, James Holcombe, Ben Gwilliam, Hang Jun Lee, Charlotte Prodger, James Richards and Vicky Smith. Set up Karen Mirza and Brad Butler in 2004, no.w.here also presents a year round programme of events, screenings, workshops, schools education, residencies, studios and publications. This project has been developed with the support of Film Hub North West Central, part of the BFI's Film Audience Network.

    Dates: 

    Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 12:00

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  • Jerusalem In My Heart - Espace en Cours (Paris)

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    With performances occurring 1-3 times per year, no two Jerusalem In My Heart events have ever been the same: configurations have ranged from 2 to 24 participants, with varying degrees of theatrical stage action alongside a film/video component. Jerusalem In My Heart currently exists around the core of Radwan Ghazi Moumneh carrying musical duties and Montreal filmmaker Charles-André Coderre projecting hand-made visuals using analog 16mm film & 35mm slides on multiple site-specific screen installations. Moumneh's vocals and purposefully blown-out sonic sensibility have been the consistent thread, but the music of JIMH has never repeated itself either – one of the reasons Moumneh has resisted any official documentation or definitive recording of the project over the past eight years. At long last, in 2012 Moumneh cleared time and mental space to record a song cycle that cements the foundations of JIMH as an intensely vocal-driven musical project. 

    Dates: 

    Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 20:30

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  • The real indies: A close look at orphan films

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    The preservation of small, experimental and avant garde films is as urgent as the restoration of commercial cinema classics. These eight personal and imaginative works showcase the creative ways that artists can change the way we see the world around us.

    Special guests include filmmakers Frank and Caroline Mouris, Jeanne Liotta, Bill Morrison, and Lisa Crafts; and archivists/preservationists Pamela Vizner (BB Optics), Heather Linville (Academy Film Archive), Andrew Lampert (Anthology Film Archive), and John Klacsmann (Anthology Film Archive); and violinist Todd Reynolds.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 14:00

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  • Sight Unseen presents Entanglements: Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder w/ Max Eilbacher

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    Entanglements is a projection performance conceived as an open invitation for sound artists to process the optical soundtracks from an array of handcrafted 16mm film loops. The artist is completely free to interpret the soundtracks in any way they see fit. Previous performances have included the following sound artists, musicians, and composers: Ben Owen, Adam Sonderberg, Caleb Smith, and Claudio Rocchetti. 

    Artists in attendance!

    ENTANGLEMENTS (2009-2014), by Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder
    Multiple 16mm projection performance; black & white, mixed media; optical soundtrack processed live by local guest artist, Max Eilbacher; approx. 60 minutes

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 19:00

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  • Microscope Gallery: Peter Gidal's Room Film 1973

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    Microscope Gallery is very pleased to present a very rare screening of a landmark structural/materialist work Room Film 1973 by English filmmaker and theoretician Peter Gidal. Few descriptions of the film’s actual content have been attempted most likely because such description would not only fall short of the actual viewing experience, but it would miss the point. Gidal says of the film “The work is not a translation of anything, it is not a representation of anything, not even of consciousness”.

    Dates: 

    Monday, October 27, 2014 - 19:30

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  • Takahiko Iimura: Movies & Performance

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    “To review all of Iimura’s work is an important occasion for all who are concerned with the development and pleasures of cinema as an art” (Jonas Mekas)

    The most influential figure in Japanese experimental cinema, Takahiko Iimura is a pioneer of expanded cinema, video art and film installations in his native country. Living “in & out” of Japan since the 1960s, Iimura has shown an impressive breadth in his artistic practice that spans decades and various continents. His focus, nevertheless, has remained distinctly material, engaged with the physicality of the media with which he works to bring out the key components of darkness and light that he considers the essence of cinema. Returning to Amsterdam for the first time since his screening at the Nederlands Filmmuseum on his six-month European tour in 1969, our unique program comprise of three distinct sections that highlight his career: the first, a focus on his early Dada-inspired work; the second, a presentation of structuralist film experiments; and the third, an expanded cinema performance. Takahiko Iimura will be present for a Q&A moderated by Julian Ross.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 19:15

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  • Film Studies Center: Films of Mark LaPore

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    From the 1980s until his death in 2005, American filmmaker Mark LaPore turned his intense gaze towards documenting life across several continents, as well as virtual worlds.  Whether training his Super 8 camera on Sudanese life early in his career or documenting the faces and gestures of laborers during his travels in India and Sri Lanka, LaPore cemented a position not only as a master of the visual essay, but also as one of cinema’s keenest chroniclers of the wanderer’s impulse.  Renowned for his penetrating style, LaPore’s films achieve a rare blend of sensuousness and severity, mixing subtle observation with stark juxtapositions.

    Dates: 

    Friday, November 14, 2014 - 19:00

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