Wednesday, November 16, 2016

11/16 Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash


Daughters of the Dust, 1991 1hr 52 min Video
Daughters of the Dust, tells the story of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island in 1902 as they prepare to migrate to the North.
Featuring an unusual narrative device, the film is narrated by a character called Unborn Child. The film gained critical praise, for its rich language and use of song, and lyrical use of visual imagery. It won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and others.[citation needed]
The film features Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara-O, Trula Hoosier, Vertamae Grosvenor, and Kaycee Moore. It was filmed on Saint Helena Island in South Carolina.
In 2004, Daughters of the Dust was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Julie Dash (born October 22, 1952) is an American filmmaker, author and member of the L.A. Rebellion. The film Daughters of the Dust (1992) was the first full-length film by an African-American woman with general theatrical release in the United States. Dash is the film's producer, screenwriter, and director.
Dash earned her MFA in motion picture and television production from the UCLA Film School.[1] She has created an alternative to Hollywood films, made numerous music videos and television movies. Some notable television movies include Funny Valentines (1999), Incognito (1999), Love Song (2000), and The Rosa Parks Story (2002). Her Brothers of the Borderland (2004) was commissioned by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Dash's book Daughters of the Dust: A Novel (1997) is a sequel to the film, set 20 years later in Harlem and the Sea Islands.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

MASSART FILM SOCIETY FALL 201

09/07 MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON

09/14 WENHAU SHI

09/21 Youjin Moon

09/28 Juan Daniel F. Molero / VIDEOFILIA (Y OTROS SÍNDROMES VIRALES)

10/05 Billy Woodberry / And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead

10/12 Billy Woodberry / Marseille Après La Guerre
Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado
Burning mountains that spew flame
Neither God nor Santa Maria
Malpaís
Christopher MacLaine Scotch Hop

10/19 Brigid McCaffrey

10/26 Ken Jacobs and Christopher MacLaine

11/2   Sara Driver and Kenneth Anger

11/9   3 Films by Gunver Nelson

11/16  Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash

11/23 No Screening Happy Thanksgiving

11/30 Dane Komljen

12/7Carly Short

All film makers present except alas Billy Woodberry, Christopher MacLaine, and Howard Alk

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

11/9 Red Shift: the Films by Gunvor Nelson

Program:
TAKE OFF 1972 b/w video 10 min
Ellion Ness, a thoroughly professional stripper, goes through her paces, bares her body, and then, astonishingly and literally, transcends it. While the film makes a forceful political statement on the image of woman and the true meaning of stripping, the intergalactic transcendence of its ending locates it firmly within the mainstream of joyous humanism and stubborn optimism.
MY NAME IS OONA 1969 b/w video 10 min.
"My Name is Oona captures in haunting, intensely lyrical images fragments of the coming to consciousness of a child girl. A series of extremely brief flashes of her moving through night-lit space or woods in sensuous negative, separated by rapid fades into blackness, burst upon us like a fairy-tale princess, with a late sun only partially outlining her and the animal in silvery filigree against the encroaching darkness; one of the most perfect recent examples of poetic cinema." - Amos Vogel
RED SHIFT 1984 b/w, 16mm 50 min.
This magnus opus is a domestic symphony from a woman's point of view, the portrait of a grandmother, mother and child and their home. The women and their personal objects are mostly seen alone or relating to one another (except for touching scenes of the grandmother and grandfather together).
A key aspect of RED SHIFT is the reading of selections from Calamity Jane's "Diaries", the most narrative aspect of the film. The Diaries are read against activities seen through a window, life passing by (people walking in winter, a river flowing). They tell how Jane lost her daughter and had to survive by using her talents to act like a tough and physically competitive man...

BIO
Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Grundel Nelson was born in 1931 in Stockholm, Sweden. Now living in Kristinehamn, Sweden. She has worked as an experimental filmmaker since the 1960s. Some of her most widely known works were created while she lived in the Bay Area in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, where she became well established among other artists in the avant-garde film circles of the 60s and to the present (Gill, 28).As of 2006 she has to her credit twenty films, five videos, and one video installation (Holmlund, 67).

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

11/2/16 You Are Not I

Films by Sara Driver and Kenneth Anger

Program:
YOU ARE NOT I (1981) 48 min. 16mm b&w with sound
Directed by SARA DRIVER, Cinematography by Jim Jarmusch
A haunting adaptation of a 1948 short story by Paul Bowles about a woman who escapes from an asylum, You Are Not I played widely in the international film festival circuit in the early Eighties. Then, a leak in a New Jersey warehouse destroyed the negative, leaving director Sara Driver with only a battered, unprojectable copy. Miraculously, a print was found among the holdings of Paul Bowles in 2009, and now the film has been restored and is available once again. Undoubtedly one of the most impressive works to emerge from the post-punk downtown scene, the film was beautifully shot by Jim Jarmusch (who also co-wrote the screenplay) and features Suzanne Fletcher, Nan Goldin and Luc Sante. - Film Society at Lincoln Center
EAUX D'ARTIFICE (1953) 12 min. 16mm, b/w and color
Directed by Kenneth Anger.
While traveling with experimental filmmaker Marie Menken in Europe, Anger was inspired by the elaborate fountains of Villa d’Este in Tivoli to design this meticulously structured musical celebration of baroque excess.

bios
Sara Driver (born December 15, 1955) is an American independent filmmaker from Westfield, New Jersey. A participant in the independent film scene that flourished in lower Manhattan from the late 1970s through the 1990s, she gained initial recognition as producer of two early films by Jim Jarmusch,Permanent Vacation (1980) and Stranger Than Paradise (1984). Driver has directed two feature films,Sleepwalk (1986) and When Pigs Fly (1993), as well as a notable short film, You Are Not I (1981). She served on the juries of various film festivals throughout the 2000s.

Kenneth Anger (Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer; born February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle". His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing "elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle". Anger himself has been described as "one of America's first openly gay filmmakers, and certainly the first whose work addressed homosexuality in an undisguised, self-implicating manner", and his "role in rendering gay culture visible within American cinema, commercial or otherwise, is impossible to overestimate",with several being released prior to the legalization of homosexuality in the United States. He has also focused upon occult themes in many of his films, being fascinated by the English poet and mystic Aleister Crowley, and is an adherent of Thelema, the religion Crowley founded.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

10/26/16 PERFECT FILM The films of Ken Jacobs and Christopher MacLaine

Program:

Perfect Film by Ken Jacobs 1985, is a spontaneous narrative, created from found footage shot by an unidentified cameraman at a New York television station. Nothing was done to the footage. It is an unedited reel of interviews of eye witnesses to the shooting of Malcolm X.


Blonde Cobra by Ken Jacobs 1963 Directed by Ken Jacobs, shot by Bob Flieshner, tragicomic performance by Jack Smith. Considered to be "one of the masterpieces of the New York underground film scene" by Marc Siegel in his book "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die."

 
The End by Christopher MacLaine 1953 35 min. is one of 4 films made by MacLaine who was a beat poet in San Fransisco in the 1940's and 50's. 6 stories make up this fragmented narrative. The fear of the time was a nuclear holocaust but his characters are dealing with their own personal angst.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10/19/16 Brigid McCaffrey: Lay Down Tracks

Program

Lay Down Tracks
2006, 61 min, 16mm
co-directed with Danielle Lombardi

Following five American travelers, this film journeys though the shifting surroundings of a retired carnival worker, young woman trucker, railroad executive, chimney sweep/surfer, and a nun/riverboat pilot. Each reflects on their work and the worlds they traverse, the fleeting and familiar elements of a life in motion, and the delicate contract between desire and necessity.

Brigid McCaffrey is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose work focuses on environments and people in states of flux and precarity. Her films have screened at international venues including BAFICI, Bradford International Film Festival, Cinema du Reel, DocLisboa, L’Alternativa, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Torino International Film Festival, Other Cinema in San Francisco and the Los Angeles Filmforum. Her film Castaic Lake was awarded Best Cinematography at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2011. Paradise Springs received the Marian McMahon Award at Images Festival in 2014, and was presented by Ballroom Marfa for the 2015 edition of Artists’ Film International. She was a featured artist at the 2016 Flaherty Seminar.

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Also check out on Monday 10.17.2016
"An Evening with Brigid McCaffrey" at the Harvard Film Archives

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10/12/16 NEITHER GOD NOR SANTA MARÍA

Program:

Marseille Après La Guerre

by Billy Woodberry


Montañas ardientes que vomitan fuego / Burning mountains that spew flame

by Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado


SIN DIOS NI SANTA MARÍA / NEITHER GOD NOR SANTA MARÍA

by Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado


Malpaís
by Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado


Scotch Hop
by Christopher MacLaine

Program details:
Marseille Après La Guerre by Billy Woodberry
10min 2015
The piece is materially modest but formally stunning. Told almost entirely through a series of stunning still black and white images, it offers an astonishing portrait of dock workers in Marseille just after the war, and a reflection on the political awakening of the "father of African film," Ousmane Sembene. A lyrical description of a disappeared world, Marseille Après La Guerre is redolent of a radical past, while inspiring us to consider the shape and texture of a present and future politics of emancipatory solidarity.

Montañas ardientes que vomitan fuego / Burning mountains that spew flame
13min 36sec 2016 by Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado
Whistle | Spanish and English subtitles
The interior of the earth became a refuge from the threat that moved closer and closer to the island. The volcanic tubes served as communication vessels between time and space. This was where they experimented their resistance.

SIN DIOS NI SANTA MARÍA / NEITHER GOD NOR SANTA MARÍA 11min. 2015 by Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado
Since airplanes did not exist, people moved around using prayers, they went from one land to another and returned early, before dawn. In old audio recordings, the voices of pastors speak of the mythical existence of witches and their travels. In the daily life of a woman the magic of her tales begin to materialize as night falls. Night is the time when travel is possible. Filmed with expired 16mm color negative film. Handmade developed. Voices recorded by Luis Diego Cuscoy between 1965 and 1969 on the island of Tenerife.
Filmed in 2014 on Ye. Island of Lanzarote.

Malpaís
12min 25sec 2013 / Spanish / English subtitles
by Helena Girón & Samuel M. Delgado
A man tries to start life in the stone by the volcano spit. An everyday marked by hostility of a beautiful and terrible enviroment.

Scotch Hop
7min 1953 by Christopher MacLaine
A fast-paced rhythmic impression of dancers, musicians and sportsmen at a highlands event.

BIOS
Billy Woodberry: Born in Dallas, Texas, Billy Woodberry is an independent filmmaker who has taught at the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989. His feature film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) is an essential work of Los Angeles cinema, informed by Woodberry’s familiarity with Italian neo-realism and the work of filmmakers in Cuba, Brazil, India and Africa. It won the Interfilm ecumenical jury award at the Berlin Film festival and was added to the Library of Congress' 2013 National Registry of Films. Woodberry has appeared in Charles Burnett’s When It Rains (1995) and provided narration for Thom Andersen’s Red Hollywood (1996) and James Benning’s Four Corners (1998). Woodberry’s two-hour video, The Architect, the Ants, and the Bees, was part of “Facing the Music,” a 2004 group exhibition, video and multimedia installation at the REDCAT gallery documenting the building of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the transformation of downtown Los Angeles. His work has screened at the Camera Austria Symposium, Harvard Film Archive, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Museum of Modern Art.

Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado
Their work is largely found between of experimental and non-fiction using physical materials and photochemical processes. Their films had been selected in international film festivals as Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Mar del Plata, FIC Valdivia, Curtas Vila do Conde, Ann Arbor or Media City Film Festival, where their film, Neither God nor Santa Maria was awarded. This work also recived awards in Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux of Paris, Alcances and Curtocircuito International Film Festival.
They are visiting professors at EICTV at Cuba, ECAM, IFIC and Instituto del Cine at Madrid. https://vimeo.com/samuelmdelgado

Christopher Maclaine was born in 1923 in Oklahoma, USA. He was a director and actor, known for The Man Who Invented Gold (1957), The End (1953) and Scotch Hop (1953). He died in 1975 in California, USA.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

10/5/16 Billy Woodberry

And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead.


2015. USA/Portugal. Directed by Billy Woodberry. 89 min.
A contemporary of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, Bob Kaufman is one of the Beat Generation’s most overlooked artists. The African American surrealist poet led a life laced with tragedy, and here his story is given a focus worthy of his indescribable talent. Lovingly assembled from photo montages, laid-back interviews with those who knew him, and the cool, angered rhythms of Kaufman’s poetry, celebrated filmmaker Billy Woodberry’s return to the director’s chair is a powerful work of biography that refuses to shy away from the darker periods of the poet’s life—a decade spent under a vow of silence, battles with drug addiction, and the isolation that followed his abandonment of his familial responsibilities. 
 
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

VIDEOFILIA (y Otros Síndromes Virales) | 09.28.2016

by Juan Daniel F. Molero

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VIDEOPHILIA (and Other Viral Syndromes)

103min 2015 by Juan Daniel F. Molero
The world was supposed to end but it didn't. Luz is still alive. She's a teenage misfit who spends her first days out of school wandering through the Internet and seeking for new and weird experiences. She meets Junior online who captures her attention, he's an older slacker obsessed with conspiracy theories, videogames and porn. After cybersex is done the only thing left is the encounter in flesh, but on the eve of that meeting unusual events unfold and other odd characters appear in this psychedelic tragicomedy that takes place in a Lima of spiritual decay, media overload, glitches and pre-Inca ruins.

Juan Daniel F. Molero (1987)
Filmmaker, film editor and cultural entrepreneur born and based in Lima, having also lived in Buenos Aires and New York where he earned his first experience in film journalism, video blogging, experimental film and film programming. Founded Tiempo Libre Studio in 2012 with which he makes films, workshops, screenings, editing residencies and other film related activities. His work is specialized in lo-fi, genre bending and hybridization of images that have manifested in non-fiction and experimental narratives screened at many renowned international festivals such as Rotterdam, New Horizons, BAFICI, FIDMarseille, Valdivia, Lima Independiente and La Habana, including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Museum of Lima and La Casa Encendida in Madrid. His latest feature film, Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes), won the first Tiger Award for Peruvian cinema at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 and got the Hubert Bals Fund for Post-Production in Fall 2014.

VIDEOFILIA (y Otros Síndromes Virales)
103min 2015
Se suponía que el mundo iba a terminar, pero no fue así. Luz sigue viva. Ella es una adolescente inadaptada que pasa sus primeros días libre de la escuela vagando por el Internet en búsqueda de experiencias nuevas y extrañas. Conoce a Júnior en línea porque le capta su atención; es un holgazán mayor, obsesionado con las teorías de conspiración, videojuegos y pornografía. Después del cibersexo lo único que queda es el encuentro en carne y hueso, pero en la víspera de la reunión eventos inusuales suceden y otros personajes extraños aparecen en esta tragicomedia psicodélica que tiene lugar en una Lima de decadencia espiritual, una sobrecarga de medios de comunicación, problemas técnicos y ruinas pre-incaicas.


Juan Daniel F. Molero (1987) es un cineasta, editor y gestor cultural nacido y afincado en Lima, habiendo también vivido en Buenos Aires y Nueva York, donde obtuvo sus primeras experiencias en periodismo cinematográfico, blogs, cine experimental y programación. Fundó Tiempo Libre Studio en el 2012, con el que realiza películas, talleres, proyecciones, residencias de edición y otras actividades relacionadas al cine. Su trabajo, especializado en lo-fi e hibridación de imágenes se ha proyectado en festivales como Rotterdam, New Horizons, BAFICI, FIDMarseille, Valdivia, Lima Independiente y La Habana, incluyendo espacios como el Museum of Modern Art de New York, el Museo de Arte de Lima y La Casa Encendida en Madrid. Su primer largometraje de ficción “Videofilia (y otros síndromes virales)”, ganador en 2014 del Hubert Bals Fund para posproducción, tuvo su estreno mundial en el Festival de Rotterdam (IFFR 2015), siendo la primera película peruana en la historia en ganar el Tiger Award.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Youjin Moon 9/21/16

Youjin Moon

[Program]

Handmade slide projection

Light Rhythm #1-3, 5min, silent, 16mm, 2013

Photogram #1, 3min, silent, 16mm on video, 2013


Light Work, 35 sec, silent, super 8mm on video, 2014


Water on Mars, 3:30min, silent, video, 2013


io, 10:54min, sound, video, 2014


io, 10:54min, sound, video, 2014

Youjin Moon is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker currently living and working in Boston. She received MFAs in Painting and Film/Video from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Moon’s work explores the relationship between the analogue and the digital, the realistic and the abstract, and the painterly and the cinematic. Using light as a material connection between mediums, her collaged abstract paintings expand into camera-less films, hundreds of handmade slides and painterly surfaces of digital video. Her videos mesh and collide surfaces to express perceived dualities in nature, such as bright and dark, micro and macro, water and fire.
Youjin Moon has been screened and exhibited internationally in galleries and film festivals, including EXiS at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, New Filmmakers New York at Anthology Film Archives, and DM Contemporary in New York City. Her film <io>(2015) received the Korean EXiS Award at the 12th Seoul International Experimental Film and Video Festival.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wenhua Shi 9/14/16

Wenhua Shi: Autumn Air


Program:

Palimpsest: Berlin 6 min. 2013

10 Moments 6 min. 2011


Palimpsest: Beijing 12 min. 1972 - 2014


Descending a staircase 1 min. 2012 (raw footage)


Endless 12 min. (16mm) 2006


Field Recording 14 min. 2003 - 2007


Descending a staircase 6 min. 2012


My Companions 1 min. 2007


Walking Cycle 8 min. 2016

Wenhua Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at UMass Boston. Originally trained as a doctor in China, Wenhua departed from the medical field and began working in radio and TV in his hometown of Wuhan. In 2009 he graduated with an MFA from Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley.
His works have been screened or exhibited at Pacific Film Archive, Black Maria Film Festival, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television (UK), Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Beijing Film Academy, Berlin International Directors Lounge, The Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University, and dozens of international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bradford, and Mexico City. West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, International Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists Exhibition, The Arsenale of Venice in Italy.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Murder of Fred Hampton + The Exile 9/7/16

The Murder of Fred Hampton + The Exile

 
The Murder of Fred Hampton,1971, 88min.
Director Howard Alk, Mike Gray
Produced by Mike Gray
Cinematography Howard Alk, Mike Gray

The circumstances surrounding the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton by Chicago police.

The Murder of Fred Hampton is a 1971 documentary film which began with the intention of portraying Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. During the films production, Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department.

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life.

The documentary is split into two parts: a portrait of Fred Hampton and an investigative report in his death. Through re-enactments, evidence from the scene, and interviews, the documentary alleges that Hamptons death was murder by the Chicago police.

Cast Fred Hampton (Himself), Rennie Davis (Himself), Edward Hanrahan (Himself), Don Matuson, Bobby Rush (Himself) Release date May 1971 (1971-05)

"To members of Chicago's African American community in the late 1960s, no leader was more inspiring, more articulate, or more effective than Fred Hampton. He organized food pantries, educational programs, and recreational outlets for impoverished children, and he helped bring about a peaceful coexistence among the city's rival street gangs. To civic leaders in Chicago, the FBI, and many others, however, he was a dangerous revolutionary leader, committed to the violent overthrow of the white-dominated system. Hampton was killed in a 1969 raid on the headquarters of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther party, in what was almost certainly a planned assassination orchestrated by Federal agents and city leaders, who feared that Hampton's influence could lead to an all-out armed uprising by the city's most disenfranchised residents." (Black Commentator)
 
The Exile 1931, 78min
Directed by Oscar Micheaux
Murder, suicide, estranged lovers, and "interracial mixing" are all interwoven into Oscar Micheaux's plot for The Exile 1931. The idealistic Jean Baptiste falls in love with Edith Duval, an ambitious nightclub operator. Edith's "dive" is in the former mansion of one of Chicago's aristrocratic elite, now located in the heart of the city's South Side black urban district. The two lovers are torn apart when Edith introduces racketeering and the "numbers" into her business, all of which are totally inconsistent with Baptiste's high moral principles. - La Cineteca del Friuti