Fall 2008 Season

Below are brief descriptions of Filmforum’s upcoming schedule. Full details about each week’s screening will appear on the main page of the site on the Monday before that screening. If you would like more details on any of the upcoming shows in advance of the Monday before, please email us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com and we can send you the program notes in advance.


Fall 2008 Season


September 14 and 21 – Best of Ann Arbor Film Festival on two nights!

The AAFF Tour is a program of many of the finest cutting-edge, creative and artfully crafted independent films from the most recent festival. Many of the films included on the tour won awards at the 46th AAFF, as well as at other notable festivals such as Rotterdam, Sundance, Slamdance, and Black Maria. The program serves as an inspired alternative to the Oscar®-nominated shorts program, which also travels across the U.S. each year.

September 14 – Part 1, full details here.
September 21 – Part 2, full details here.


September 28 – Mock Up On Mu, the newest film by Craig Baldwin

Filmforum welcomes the latest work from master collagist and filmmaker Craig Baldwin – Mock Up On Mu (2008, 109 min., color and b/w). A radical hybrid of spy, sci-fi, Western, and even horror genres, Craig Baldwin’s Mock Up On Mu cobbles together a feature-length “collage-narrative” based on (mostly) true stories of California’s post-War sub-cultures of rocket pioneers, alternative religions, and Beat lifestyles. Pulp-serial snippets, industrial-film imagery, and B- (and Z-) fiction clips are intercut with newly shot live-action material, powering a playful, allegorical trajectory through the now-mythic occult matrix of Jack Parsons (Crowleyite founder of the Jet Propulsion Lab), L.Ron Hubbard (sci-fi author turned cult-leader), and Marjorie Cameron (bohemian artist and “mother of the New Age movement”). Their intertwined tales spin out into a speculative farce on the militarization of space, and the corporate take-over of spiritual fulfillment and leisure-time. Full details on this show can be found here.


Sunday October 5, 2008, 7:00 pm — Stop & Go, an evening of Stop Motion animation curated by Sarah Klein
With Sarah Klein in person!

At the Echo Park Film Center. Get caught up in the latest in stop motion animation with a various of toys, clays, cut-outs, natural artifacts, drawings, paintings, back drops, animals, humans, and places! The Stop & Go program features twenty-two pieces from artists across the country and around the world (Croatia, Brittan, and Japan). Featured artists in the program include Ignacio Alcantara, Tommy Becker, Lilli Carré (still from For the Birds on left), Pete Davies, Samara Halperin, Meredith Holch, Sean Horchy, Stephanie Hutin, Andrew Kelleher, Lana Kim, Sarah Klein, Mike Leavitt, Michael McHam, Laurie O’Brian, Saelee Oh, Mel Prest, Clare Rojas, Judith Selby, SAF Cakovec Studio, Jen Stark, Melinda Stone, Claudia Tennyson, Aeneas Wilder, Sherri Wood, and Andrew Jeffery Wright. Full details on this show can be found here.


Sunday October 12, 2008, 8:00 pm — Holly Would If She Could: Artists’ Responses to Hollywood
As part of LA Freewaves 11th Festival of New Media Arts, “HOLLYWOULD…”

NOTE CHANGE IN TIME, to follow additional Hollywould events

Freewaves’ 11th festival, Hollywould, will fuse media arts and Hollywood Boulevard, transforming it into a massive, multifaceted screening room. Spectacular international videos will explore “what could be” plus “what is.” Filmforum is taking part by highlighting new video work that revisits, deconstructs, and dances with films and locations from Hollywood’s filmic history. Full details on this show can be found here.

Sunday October 19, 2008, 7:00 pm — The familial avant-garde – An Evening with Ted Lyman & John Cannizzaro Ted Lyman and John Cannizzaro in person!

Filmforum welcomes Vermont-based avant-garde filmmaker Ted Lyman to Los Angeles with a variety of his personal work, old and new. Lyman is a master of multiple filmmaking methods, all used to delve into poetic spaces investigating family, nature, sight, and memory. And along with Lyman comes local experimental filmmaker and long-time friend of Filmforum John Cannizzaro with a new film as well. Full details on this show can be found here.


Sunday October 26, 2008, 7:00 pm — Garden of Verses: An Evening of Cinematic Seeds and Mordant Vines, from the XY CHROMOSOME PROJECT: Mark Street and Lynne Sachs With Lynne Sachs and Mark Street in person!

From archival snips of an educational film on the weather to cine poems in full blossom, New York film “avant-gardeners” Mark Street and Lynne Sachs create their 3rd XY CHROMOSOME PROJECT. This program of 10 short films on both single and double screen gleans audio-visual crops from the dust of the filmmakers’ fertile and fallow imaginations. In this avalanche of visual ruminations on nature’s topsy-turvy shakeup of our lives, Street and Sachs ponder a city child’s tentative excavation of the urban forest, winter wheat, and the great American deluge of the 21st Century (so far). Full details on this show can be found here!

Sunday November 9, 2008, 7:00 pm — Stephanie Maxwell Visual Music

Stephanie Maxwell in person!! Co-presentation with the iotaCenter. Stephanie Maxwell specializes in hand-painted experimental abstract animation. After performing a variety of painting, marking and engraving techniques directly onto 35mm film stock, Maxwell rephotographs each frame of the film using a digital feed camera and digital frame capture, sometimes employing additional manipulations such as bending and twisting the film, layering film frames together, and progressive alterations of the image during the frame by frame rephotography.

This screening will feature selections from Maxwell’s work from 1984 through her two newest works from 2008, as well as a twelve-minute short documentary about Maxwell’s filmmaking process, with footage of the artist at work. Full details on this show can be found here.


Sunday November 16, 2008, 7:00 pm — Robert Breer Animation, Part III

Parts I & II will be at REDCAT on Monday November 10 and UCLA Film & Television Archive on Saturday November 15. A rare visit from the octogenarian animator to Los Angeles with three screenings of different films.

Full details on this show can be found here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008, 7:00 pm — Coleen Fitzgibbon, presented by Sandra Gibson & Luis Recorder

Between 1973 and 1976 Coleen Fitzgibbon made some of the most rigorous abstract films to date. This program revisits some of these early works from an artist who is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of the alternative arts collective Colab.

Films to be screened include Found Film Flashes (1973), FM/TRCS (1974), Internal Systems (1975), and Restoring appearances to order in 12 minutes (1975). Full details on this show can be found here.

Sunday, December 7, 2008, 7:00 pm — Walter Ungerer

The Northeast based filmmaker Walter ungerer returns to Los Angeles after a long absence. Filmforum last hosted him in 1981. Ungerer has been making a wide array of superb experimental films since the 1960s, but is still little known. More details to come!

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 7:00 pm — REPEAT PERFORMANCE! Susan Mogul’s Driving Men

Filmforum screened the North American premiere of Driving Men at AFI on August 17, and it was such a huge success that we are screening a repeat performance due to popular demand!

Sassy, iconoclastic, and never-married, Los Angeles filmmaker Susan Mogul rides shotgun with ex-lovers, almost lovers, three brothers and her Dad, in a road movie turned inside out. Conversations with each driving man- a pornographer, tuba player, TV critic, long haul truck driver, and more – are catalysts to reflect upon the past and comment about the present. More details to come!


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