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

Next Week: 9/13/17

Luis Valdez ZOOT SUIT
Abigail Child MUTINY

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tomorrow Night: 9/6/17

Abigail Child  PREFACES
Barbara Kopple.  HARLAN  COUNTY