In tribute to film legend Barbara Hammer (1939–2019), this program highlights a selection of the artist’s early films rooted in the Bay Area. Shot at the Roxie Theater, the beginning of Audience (1982) features Hammer’s fun, flirtatious, and thoughtful interviews with the audience line before her tribute screening as part of that year’s San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Recognized as one of the first lesbian experimental filmmakers, Hammer explicitly championed the perspective of women and the visibility of the lesbian and queer communities
Pat O’Neill’s rarely screened masterpiece Water and Power (1989) is a technological feat on the terrifying desert created by Los Angeles’ enormous water consumption. O’Neill focused intently on the industry that sprang up around Los Angeles, ‘the city that changed land into desert’, which he filmed with the use of time-lapse photography and optical printing and animation. In this way, he managed to expose the inexorable conflict between industry and nature.
Before becoming an accomplished painter and blues guitarist, Mike Henderson studied with Robert Nelson in the SFAI Film Department; between the 1960s and 1980s he sustained a filmmaking practice, creating a remarkable body of work that renders black experience and the joys and struggles of making art with humor and idiosyncrasy. He joins us to present his film The Shape of Things alongside canonical work from Nelson and George Kuchar, two of the filmmakers and teachers most closely associated with film at SFAI, and Bruce Conner, whose work and legacy has helped to define alternative cinema in the Bay Area.
A four week course in artists and experimental filmmaking taught by Maximilian Le Cain + Aoife Desmond
The Guesthouse Project Space, 10 Chapel Lane, Shandon, Cork. Mondays 7pm - 9pm, May 6th - 27th Materialist Film / Fictional Documentary / Performance / Expanded Cinema Price €120 ( early bird €100 before April 15th). Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact [email protected] to book.
Cornell Cinema is honored to host internationally acclaimed local experimental filmmaker Vincent Grenier for a career-overview screening of his poetic film and video work. He will be the recipient of the 2019 Stan Brakhage Vision Award at the Denver Film Festival, an honor held by such masters of the avant-garde as Barbara Hammer, Carolee Scheemann, P. Adams Sitney, and George Kuchar.