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  • my eyes can't focus and my brain is talking: A Film Program in Two Parts

    Lisa Cooley is proud to present my eyes can't focus and my brain is talking, a special night of experimental short films. Taking reel #9 (“Eric Says All”) of Andy Warhol’s 1966 film The Chelsea Girls as a touchstone, the selection highlights common strains that run through the visionary and psychedelic experiments of the 1960s, the structural impulses of the 1970s, and beyond. This mix of new and historic films has been organized by Warren Ng, and are presented in conjunction with the exhibition Eric’s Trip, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono, on view at Lisa Cooley from June 28th through August 1st. The program offers a rare opportunity to see many of the most seminal filmic explorations of perception, light, color, and consciousness in an intimate environment and in their native format.


    Thursday, July 24, 2014 (All day) to Friday, August 1, 2014 (All day)


  • Another Experiment by Women Film Festival - 4th season

    4th season of Another Experiment by Women Film Festival

    AXW has promoted and screened experimental shorts since 2010 in Manhattan NY. Many of these films feature underrepresented themes and issues distinct to women and girls, are usually made by women and, sometimes, men.

    Six screenings per year are presented thru New Filmmakers NY at Anthology Film Archives.
    We recommend submitting shorter works of around 10 minutes and under, as these are easier to include.
    Narrative dramas, and conventional documentaries are unlikely to be included, unless they are exceptionally original/experimental in form and/or content.


    Thursday, November 13, 2014 (All day)
  • Southern Lights: Films by Pablo Marín

    Pablo Marín in person.

    A prominent figure in the burgeoning filmmaking scene of Argentina, Pablo Marín appears in person from Buenos Aires to present a screening of his personal, lyrical Super-8 films, which—in the traditions of Narcisa Hirsch, Claudio Caldini and Marie Louise Alemann—bring “a structural/formal concern into the realm of autobiographical/intimate cinema” and demonstrate a dazzling proficiency at in-camera composition superimposition.


    Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 19:30


  • Mirror Me - Experimental Selfies

    Everyday millions of hand-held self-portraits, or ‘selfies’, are uploaded on to the internet. With today’s personal technologies, private self-representations-made-public seem symptomatic of Guy Debord's ‘Society of the Spectacle’ or Jean Baudrillard’s ‘Simulacra and Simulation’. Yet for decades, experimental filmmakers and video artists have interrogated questions of self-identity and -referentiality. With the performing body as the site of action produced in relation to the film apparatus and video system, they offer a powerful critique of the male gaze and, in turn, the seeming narcissism at the center of today’s ‘selfie’ culture. A diverse range of artists and traditions have thereby subversively taken up subjective, first-person cinema and issues of self-performance in order to explore questions of identity, power, memory, and the construction of the self. ‘Mirror Me’ presents a selection of musings on the mirroring of the ‘self’ in self-reflexive film and video auto-portraits and personal diary films in order to weave together something of a ‘pre-history’ of the ‘selfie’.

    Curated by Pascal Richard and Christopher Zimmerman


    Monday, July 21, 2014 - 19:30
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 19:30


  • 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival

    The call for entries is now open for the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival!

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. The AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

    The 53rd AAFF will take place March 24 – 29, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI.


    Friday, August 15, 2014 (All day)
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (All day)
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 (All day)
  • Dirty Looks: Anger + Rapture

    Films by Kenneth Anger + Ivan Zulueta

    - Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 16mm, 11 min., 1969)
    - Arrebato (Rapture) (Iván Zulueta, 35mm on video, 105 min., 1980)

    Starring Mick Jagger (who also composed its score), His Satanic Majesty Anton LaVey, and Manson Family member Bobby Beausoleil, Kenneth Anger has described Invocation of My Demon Brother as "an attack on the sensorium."

    Rarely screened on these shores, Iván Zulueta's sex and drugs filled cult classic Arrebato (Rapture) is legendary in Spain, where it launched a cinematic revolution, inspiring filmmakers like Pedro Almodóvar (who can be heard in an uncredited dubbing- as the voice of a female character). "He never filmed a single banal image," Almodóvar would later write of Zulueta, describing Zulueta's work as "David Lynch, but less shadowy and more pop." Mixing genre and experimental filmmaking, Arrebato tells the story of a hack horror director and heroin junky who becomes consumed by the vampiric apparatus of cinema. Introduced by Clara López.


    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:30


  • 'A to Z of London' (a raw film)

    A to Z of LONDON – a raw film.

    26 episodes linked by recurring characters and themes.

    Materials used: found film footage and home movies.

    Each episode is under 3 minutes in length.

    A to Z of LONDON is mosaic in style. The episodes can be watched in any order.

    The film project is evolving and images will be replaced if and when required.


    Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 17:30