Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall 2017 Schedule

                           HARLAN COUNTY Barbara Kopple

SEPTEMBER 13  MUTINY Abigail Child
                              ZOOT SUIT Luis Valdez
SEPTEMBER 20  Paul Clipson in person


                       MERCY Abigail Child

                       NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT Patrice Guzman
OCTOBER 25 Alison Folland

NOVEMBER 1 JOHANNA D'ARC D'MONGOLIA Ulricke  Ottinger (please note we will start exactly an 800pm)
November 8  AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE Cate Giordano

NOVEMBER 15 Maya Deren from our collection

NOVEMBER 27 Julie Murray

 DECEMBER 6  Abigail Child (Emma Goldman feature)

DECEMBER 13  Jody Mack

Monday, November 13, 2017

11/15/17 the works of MAYA DEREN

Meshes of the Afternoon
1943, 14 min
Considered a staple of avant-garde American film, this collaboration with Alexander Hammid stars Deren as a woman  inside of a labyrinthine nightmare, inhabited by her double as well as a mysterious cloaked figure with the face of a mirror.

At Land
1944, 15 min
A 15-minute silent experimental film written, directed by and starring Maya Deren. It has a dream-like narrative in which a woman, played by Deren, is washed up on a beach and goes on a strange journey encountering other people and other versions of herself. Deren once said that the film is about the struggle to maintain ones personal identity. The composer John Cage and the poet and film critic Parker Tyler were involved in making the film, and appear in the film, which was shot at Amagansett, Long Island.

Ritual In Transfigured Time
1946, 15 min
In Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time we have gestures that invite us to move into step with them, abandoning the comfort of the known and giving ourselves over to so many strange partners. This silent short begins in a domestic environment, moves to a party scene, and ends with modern dance performed in an outdoor setting. The film's continuity is established by an emphasis on gesture and/or dance throughout.

A Study in Choreography For Camera
1946, 4 min
Using a unique editing style, manipulating of time, and utilizing the motions of dancer Talley Beatty, Deren has said this film was "an effort to isolate and celebrate the principle of the power of movement."

Meditation On Violence
1948, 13 min

The Very Eye of Night
1963, 15 min

Monday, November 6, 2017

11/8/17 Cate Giordano


Peg Bordelon Series
HD video, 2013, 10 minutes
A southern transplant winds up in NYC hell bent on making a film. Posing as a “Women’s Studies” major at a non-existent college, Peg can be found skulking through the streets, camera in hand, looking for talent everywhere she goes.

Hunter in the Woods

Hi8 transfer to digital video, 2007, 8 minutes
Hunter Dodge escapes to the woods and builds his ideal life for himself out of scrap wood. His happiness is disrupted by his estranged wife, Joy, who drags him kicking and screaming back into reality.

MiniDV and 16mm film transfer to digital video, 2008, 14 minutes
Trapped in the belly of a Trojan Lion, Jonah and Dot are falling out of love. Jonah, a writer, fights to remain true to his artistic visions, despite mounting pressure from Dot to earn money.

Super 8mm transfer to video, 2017, 5 minutes

After the fire is gone
VHS and miniDV transfer to digital video, 2017, 33 minutes
Dolly is discontent with her life in New York City, waiting tables at a greasy spoon while her husband Anton sells life insurance out of a shoebox office in Queens. When Clayton, the love of her life, happens into the diner, Dolly is overcome with nostalgia for her past life with Clayton, the South, and everything she was before she married Anton.
Total Program Runtime: 70 Minutes

Bio: Cate Giordano works in sculpture, performance, and moving image. Cate's work has been exhibited at Microscope Gallery, Spring/Break Art Show, New York; James Farley Post Office, New York; Old School in collaboration with the New Museum, New York; and Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, Film Society at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY, Flaherty Seminar at Anthology Film Archives, New York and Millennium Film Workshop, Brooklyn, NY among others. Cate received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2008 and was a Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program recipient in 2016-17. Originally from Pensacola, FL, Cate Giordano lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

11/1/17 Ulrike Ottinger

Please Note: Class, This film will start promptly at 8pm and...
NO DONATIONS for members of the community dropping in to this class
Johanna D'Arc D'Mongolia  

Ulrike Ottinger's epic adventure traces a fantastic encounter between two different worlds. Seven western women travelers meet aboard the sumptuous, meticulously reconstructed Trans-Siberian Express, a rolling museum of European culture. Lady Windemere, an elegant ethnographer played by the incomparable Delphine Seyrig in her last screen role, regales a young companion with Mongol myths and lore while other passengers-a prim tourist (Irm Hermann), a brash Broadway chanteuse and an all-girl klezmer trio-revel in campy dining car cabaret. Suddenly ambushed by a band of Mongol horsewomen, the company is abducted to the plains of Inner Mongolia and embark on a fantastic camel ride across the magnificent countryside. Breathtaking vistas, the lavish costumes of Princess Ulun Iga and her retinue, and the rituals of Mongol life are stunningly rendered by Ottinger's cinematography.WMM

Ulrike Ottinger's bio and website

Thursday, October 19, 2017

10/25/17 Allison Folland

Evangelia's Theme (work in progress, 16 mm transfer. app. 10 min)
A woman reflects on the influence of movies on her imagination and
lived reality. A fever dream of textiles and landscape, framed by the
text of Madame Bovary.

House (2015, HD. 16 min)
A grieving family tries to start over in a new, empty house. A
territorial dispute arises: Older Sister must share a bedroom with
Younger Sister. Father can not broker a peace, and when drifter Uncle
shows up, the situation goes from bad to intolerable. "Spiti" is a
Brechtian take on the American sitcom Full House, set in a modern day
Greek ruin.

Attitudes Passionelles
(2015, HD. 13 min)
A hybrid video essay exploring topics of romantic ballet, madness, and
the relationship between physical gesture and inner state.
Alison Folland (1978, Massachusetts) is an
actress and filmmaker based in Cambridge,
MA. As a performer, she has appeared in
over a dozen feature films, working with
directors such as Gus Van Sant, Barbet
Schroeder, Todd Haynes, and Alison McLean.
Folland studied film production at Tisch
School of the Arts and film and video art at
Massachusetts College of Art and Design,
where she earned an MFA in 2015. Her film
“Spiti” premiered at the Athens International
Film Festival in 2016.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017



by Abigail Child
1989, 16mm, 10min, color, sound
Child masterfully composes a rhythmic collage of symmetries and asymmetries in a fluid essay that forefronts the treatment of the body as a mechanized instrumentÑplacing the body in relation to the man-made landscape of factories, amusement parks and urban office complexes. Vocals performed by Shelley Hirsch.
dir. Patricio Guzmán
2010, Digital, 90min
Nostalgia for the Light is a documentary released in 2010 by Patricio Guzmán to address the lasting impacts of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Guzmán focuses on the similarities between astronomers researching humanity’s past, in an astronomical sense, and the struggle of many Chilean women who still search, after decades, for the remnants of their relatives executed during the dictatorship. Patricio Guzmán narrates the documentary himself and the documentary includes interviews and commentary from those affected and from astronomers and archeologists.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

10/4/17 Cool World

CONNECTION, 1961 by Shirley Clarke
The Connection is a 1961 feature film by the noted American experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke. The film was Clarke's first feature; she had made several short films over the previous decade. The film was the subject of significant court cases regarding censorship.
COVERT ACTION, 1984 by Abagail Child
Covert Action is a stunning melange of rapid-fire retro imagery accomplishing Child’s proclaimed goal to “disarm my movies.” “I wanted to examine the erotic behind the social, and remake those gestures into a dance that would confront their conditioning and, as well, relay the multiple fictions the footage suggests (the ‘facts’ forever obscured in the fragments left us). The result is a narrative developed by its periphery, a story like rumor: impossible to trace, disturbing, explosive.”

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

9/27/17 Hope Tucker

31 Years After Chernobyl: In Conversation with The
Obituary Project
Artist will be present.

American artist Hope Tucker transforms what we know as a daily form of narrative through THE OBITUARY PROJECT, a compendium of moving image that gives new life to the antiquated documentary practice of salvage ethnography. She has animated cyanotypes of downwinders and instructions for making fishing nets by hand; assembled archives of correspondence that document the impact of industry; photographed shuttered bread factories, fallen witness trees, and decaying civil rights era landmarks; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths of Finland; written the text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance; and, most recently, traced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria.
Short Bio: American artist Hope Tucker transforms what we know as a
daily form of narrative through THE OBITUARY PROJECT, a compendium of
moving image that gives new life to the antiquated documentary practice
of salvage ethnography.

Monday, September 18, 2017

9/20/17 EVENTS IN SHADOW: Films by Paul Clipson

Filmmaker present !

This evening of experimental 16mm works, projected by the filmmaker on film, showcases a variety of dynamic sound and celluloid image collaborations with musician/artists such as Grouper, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Sarah Davachi, Lawrence English and King Midas Sound / Fennesz.

Program includes:

UNION (2010)

Super 8mm (16mm), color/B&W, 14.5 minutes, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

An exploration of movement, woven into layers of time, and photographed in natural and nocturnal urban spaces, ambig1uous within a confluence of lights, colors and darkness. Filmed in the parks of San Francisco.
VOID (2012)

Super 8mm (16mm), color, 11 minutes, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Filmed at night in San Francisco, this study of the eye in vertiginous color and darkness, broadens and intensifies an exploration into in-camera processes of handheld, small gauge filmmaking, and the rhythmic and graphic relationships of multilayered imagery to music-making and dreams.


16mm, color/B&W, 9.5 minutes, music by Lawrence English
A restless, traveling consciousness flies across lands vast and small, taking note of possible futures that hint at humankind’s folly of expansion and alienation. Filmed in London, Leeds, Glasgow and Scotland

MADE OF AIR (2015)

16mm, color/B&W,11.5 minutes, music by Grouper

A sad and fearful lament for a drowned world. Filmed in London, Zurich, San Francisco, Berkeley and Napa.


16mm, color/B&W, 5 minutes, music by King Midas Sound & Fennesz
A study of surfaces, figurative and metaphysical, with various levels and planes of a city combined and superimposed to become visual echoes, suggesting an animated city of grids, graphs, geometries and lines: layers of subterranean streets and shadows evoking multiple levels of consciousness. Filmed in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. An unintentional homage to Saul Bass.

FEELER (2016)

16mm, color/B&W, 7 minutes, music by Sarah Davachi
An imagining of sounds, music and images, of dreams within dreams, conceived within an evolving series of environments, exploring the world: seeing, hearing and experiencing light, space, movement and sound in emotional juxtapositions, felt first, with an impact of presence, of gesture, of echo and explosion. Being experiential, multi-layered, fragmenting and fusing together, a place where there's no screen, no theatre, no darkness, only moments. Filmed in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Krakow, Sidney, Napa, Oakland and San Francisco.

Program running time: 58 minutes
(Conversation/Q&A to follow film program)
*All works screened on 16mm prints by the filmmaker

Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super 8 and 16mm films aim to bring to light subconscious visual preoccupations that reveal themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encourages unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance. His work has screened around the world in festivals and at sound & film events such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam,The NewYork Film Festival and the Cinémathèque Française.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tomorrow Night: 9/6/17

Abigail Child  PREFACES
Barbara Kopple.  HARLAN  COUNTY

Next Week: 9/13/17

Luis Valdez ZOOT SUIT
Abigail Child MUTINY