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  • Basma Alsharif: Doppelgänging

    Basma Alsharif in person!

    Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in Home Movies Gaza (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in Girls Only (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in Farther Than the Eye Can See (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in Deep Sleep (2014), a film/performance. Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.


    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:00


  • Haxan Festival

    We are looking for artistic works that explore magic, the subversion of gender roles within this mysticism and ritual, and connections to the earth and nature. Possible themes include magic, sorcery, witches, warlocks, the occult, psychic phenomena, darkness, covens, spells, potions, animism, curses, the healing power of crystals, herbs, tarot, and astrology.

    Short films preferred, under 20 mins, but any length accepted. Any format, but online previews are necessary. Any production date, older films accepted.

    Deadline is May 20, 2014.

    Local artists from SF and the Bay Area encouraged!

    No submission fee!


    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (All day)
  • SPCL NTRST (presented by Sight Unseen)

    [SPCL NTRST] wipe[s] the console with a soft, dry cloth. [Together they] peel the white paper from the base of the [appropriated VHS footage in order to] affix the base so the < mark on [Health & Safety] and the > mark on [Music] are pointing at each other. When affixing the base, [SPCL NTRST] make[s] sure that you so not cover any of the lettering on the console. Do not touch [inadvertent musicality] for about 30 to 60 minutes after affixing it to the console. Doing so can cause the [exposed moments of emotion and subtext hidden within the practical and impersonal] to come off. 

    Do expect [Category: Health] as well as [Category: Music].

    For further information on SPCL NTRST, please visit:

    $6 General Admission

    Presented by Sight Unseen (


    Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 20:00


  • Devoted Songs, The Films Of Nathaniel Dorsky

    IFI & Experimental Film Club present:
    Devoted Songs, The Films Of Nathaniel Dorsky

    The devotional cinema of American filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky is a rare treasure that allows for a distinct experience of time and meditation. His films blend a poetic and introspective view of his environments with an exploration of the different cognitive and emotional associations that can be established between one shot and the next.

    Available to view only on 16mm, this programme of Dorsky’s films, curated by EFC member Esperanza Collado in collaboration with Lumiére magazine, represents a truly unique opportunity to experience this important work. The programme features three films: The Visitation, the first of Dorsky’s Devoted Songs; Winter, a seasonal portrait of New York; and Alaya, one of the filmmaker’s most radical and structural works.


    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 18:30


  • Antimatter 2014 Call for entries

    Antimatter [Media Art]
    October 17 - Nov 1, 2014 / Victoria, BC, Canada
    Entry Deadlines: May 30 (early); July 25 (final).

    Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of diverse forms of media art, Antimatter is one of the premier showcases of experimentation in film, video, audio and emerging timebased forms. Encompassing screenings, installations, performances and media hybrids, Antimatter provides a noncompetitive setting in Victoria, British Columbia, free from commercial and industry agendas.

    Since 1998, the quality and creativity of its programming, commitment to audience development, and respect for artists and their work have made Antimatter one of the most important media arts events in Canada, and the world.

    The 17th annual Antimatter runs October 17 to November 1, 2014, an extended timeline to allow for an expanded focus on media installations.


    Friday, May 30, 2014 (All day)
    Friday, July 25, 2014 (All day)
  • Balagan presents... Waldeinsamkeit

    Screening time: 19:30. Tickets: $10 / $8 student and senior.

    Rebounding from the sylvan charms of A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, we've decided to unveil this melancholy program centered on Waldeinsamkeit, or, woodland solitude. The forest has always sparked the imagination of the lonely traveler, promising encounters with tree-dwelling spirits, ferocious bandits, treacherous plantlife, and feline royalty... During Transcedentalist times, it grew into a benevolent zone of introspection and personal growth. And today, it has gained the status of vestige signifying humanity's lost innocence.

    The presented films touch upon some of these ideas in direct or oblique ways, whether through exploring the endlessly compelling shapes of the forest, the evolution of a solitary space across time, or the human's place within. The lineup features a number of new international works that innovatively utilize experimental techniques like pinhole cinematography, screenprinting, layering of multiple exposures, and timelapse; as well as a couple rarely-seen classics -- and a few surprises.


    Thursday, April 17, 2014 (All day)