Spring 2008 Season
Sunday April 6, 2008: Heinz Emigholz: Photography and Beyond
Opening Night of a Week-Long City-Wide Screening Series with Emigholz in Person
For the past 15 years, the idiosyncratic Berlin filmmaker Heinz Emigholz has created a series of films documenting the work of certain 20th-century architects for whom he feels a special affinity. For the first time, five different venues in Los Angeles are joining together to present a week of events centered around this remarkable filmmaker and his Photography and Beyond series. Over the week, nine films from Photography and Beyond will be screened with Emigholz in attendance at Los Angeles Filmforum at the Egyptian Theatre, REDCAT, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Emigholz will also be featured in conversation with filmmaker and teacher Thom Andersen and architect, author and Schindler expert Judith Sheine at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Tonight we’ll be screening three earlier films from the series: Basis of Make-Up II, Miscellanea I, and Miscellanea II. For full show details, click here.
Sunday April 13, 2008: Heinz Emigholz: Photography and Beyond
Closing Night of a Week-Long City-Wide Screening Series with Emigholz in Person
See April 6 above for more notes. Tonight we’ll be screening 2 beautiful architectural films and one of the miscellanea: Sullivan’s Banks, Maillart’s Bridges, and Miscellanea III. For full show details, click here.
Sunday April 20, 2008: An Evening with Carolee Schneemann
This program is part of a series of screenings of the work of Carolee Schneemann that takes place in Los Angeles April 20-25, 2008 at the following venues: Los Angeles Filmforum (April 20), REDCAT (April 21) and UCLA Film & Television Archive (April 25). More information for REDCAT and UCLA on their pages.
Carolee Schneemann has never ceased to cross mediums and boundaries to make work that resonates with raw poetic power. From her collaged war or diary films and provocative performances to her photos, paintings and installations, Schneemann’s varied creations deconstruct our ingrained preconceptions and everyday assumptions. In words, images and actions, her art is deeply personal, sharply critical, intensely expressive, and always innovative.
Tonight we will screen Kitch’s Last Meal (1973-78), along with additional works to be announced.
Sunday April 27, 2008: Southern California Video: An Evening with Steve Fagin
Filmforum highlights the work of four artists whose work cries out for more exhibition – significant pieces by fine artists of their media. We continue with artist Steve Fagin in person presenting two video pieces, Oliver Kahn and Zero Degrees Latitude.
Sunday May 4, 2008: Southern California Video: An Evening with Bruce and Norman Yonemoto
The third evening in our Southern California Video series features work by Bruce Yonemoto and Norman Yonemoto. These California-based artists deconstruct and rewrite the hyperbolic vernacular with which the mass media constructs cultural mythologies. Ironically employing the image-language and narrative syntax of popular forms, such as soap opera, Hollywood melodrama and TV advertising, they work from “the inside out” to expose the media’s pervasive manipulation of reality and fantasy. This show includes Vault (1984), Blinky (1988) and Kappa (1986).
For full show details, click here.
Sunday May 11, 2008: Mother’s Day – No Show
Sunday May 18, 2008: Noisy People, a film by Tim Perkis, followed by a live musical performance by four of the musicians featured in the film! Change of location – at the Silent Movie Theatre!
NOISY PEOPLE is a feature length video documentary that opens a window into a tightly-knit group of unusual sound artists and musicians from the San Francisco improvisational music community. Filmmaker Tim Perkis, himself a well-respected player in the Bay Area experimental music scene, followed his subjects for a year, filming them in their homes and studios, rehearsals and performances. What emerges is a set of funny and lively portraits of some very creative and quirky people — and a portrait of a way of life outside the commercial musical mainstream of America.
Sunday May 25, 2008: Memorial Day Weekend – No show
Sunday June 1, 2008: Southern California Video: An Evening with Jordan Biren
The fourth and last evening in our Southern California Video series features work by Jordan Biren. Details to come. In conjunction with the Getty Institute exhibition California Video.
Sunday June 8, 2008: Tearoom – a document presented by William E. Jones, with discussion following by Jones and Bruce Hainley
Tearoom consists of footage shot by the police in the course of a crackdown on public sex in the American Midwest. In the summer of 1962, the Mansfield, Ohio Police Department photographed men in a restroom under the main square of the city. The cameramen hid in a closet and watched the clandestine activities through a two-way mirror. The film they shot was used in court as evidence against the defendants, all of whom were found guilty of sodomy, which at that time carried a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in the state penitentiary. The original surveillance footage shot by the police came into the possession of director William E. Jones while he was researching this case for a documentary project. The unedited scenes of ordinary men of various races and classes meeting to have sex were so powerful that the director decided to present the footage with a minimum of intervention. Tearoom is a radical example of film presented “as found” for the purpose of circulating historical images that have otherwise been suppressed.
Sunday, June 15, 2008: A Tribute to the the Creative Film Society, featuring selections from the CFS collection and more
The Creative Film Society (CFS) was founded in 1957 by Robert Pike, with the intention of “consolidating the efforts of the individual West Coast film artists in terms of aiding closer communication of ideas, films and equipment, as well as distributing the finished works of the members.” The CFS was one of the key distribution organizations of the Los Angeles avant-garde film movement in its time. According to historian David James, CFS played “a major role in publicizing experimental film and in bringing the Los Angeles avant-garde film communities together,” and helped lay the groundwork for later organizations like the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis and, of course, Los Angeles Filmforum.
The films screening tonight, selected by Angie Pike, include films associated with the Creative Film Society. Most are part of the CFS Collection. Although the CFS collection, now partially housed at the iotaCenter, once boasted the work of many representative West Coast filmmakers such as Curtis Harrington, Hy Hirsh, and the Whitney brothers, tonight’s screening will also feature some of the lesser-known works in the collection and beyond. Several of these were recently restored at the Academy Film Archive.
Tonight’s films include Logos (1957) and Odds and Ends (1958 ) by Jane Conger Belson Shimané, Things to Come (1953) and Obmaru (1953) by Patricia Marx, S.W.L.A. (1971) by Rob Thompson, Now That the Buffalo’s Gone (1968 ) by Burton Gershfield. Plus several more to be announced!
Sunday June 29, 2008: Owen Land in person! World premiere of new works,
including “Why Do We Disrespect Our Genitals?” and “Undesirables