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  • The real indies: A close look at orphan films

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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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  • Film's Not Dead!

    There is a number of filmmakers worldwide who have the distinction of making themselves the emulsion which they then use to shoot. From October 27 to November 2, L'Abominable has invited a few of them to spend a week together in La Courneuve for the "Maddox Seminar", a time together for exchange and experimentation, sharing and transmission.

    On this occasion, we propose a session with films by Will Rifer from Mire in Nantes, Robert Schaller from the Handmade Film Institute in Colorado, Lindsay McIntyre from Montréal, Kevin Rice from Process Reversal (Colorado & NY), Esther Urlus from Filmwerkplaats in Rotterdam and a 30-minute 16mm live performance by Alex MacKenzie.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 20:30

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