Greetings all. The next Filmforum show is June 3, with a Cinematic Tribute to
the late composer James Tenney. I'll be sending more details, but the show will
include several classic films by Stan Brakhage and Carolee Schneemann, with
music composed by or appearances by James Tenney, Please join us for thsi
special event. In the weeks after, Filmforum will host the following:
June 3: James Tenney on Film - A Cinematic Tribute
June 10: Documents and documentaries - films by Laura and Blue
Kraning, including "American Parade" and "Blasted!!!"
June 17: F Is for Phony: Documentary Film and Truth's Undoing - "The
Watermelon Woman" directed by Cheryl Dunye, with Dunye and producer
Alexandra Juhasz in person
June 24: F Is for Phony: Documentary Film and Truth's Undoing -
various works, with co-editors Alex Juhasz and Jesse Lerner in person
July 1: David Cohen and Sandy Ding
July 8: Barbara Hammer
And here is more going on around town.
-- Found Footage Festival at M-Bar, May 24-26
-- THE FOLLIES OF DR. PLACEBO: A Shadow Play w/o Dialog, May 26-27
-- Film at the Echo Park Film Center, including PXL This 16 on May 24,
and Joel Tauber on May 31
-- Dance Camera West Festival, various locations, June, starting at
REDCAT on June 1 & 2
-- "Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Femnist Film & Video" directed by
Alexandra Juhasz, at UCLA Film & TV Archives at the Hammer Museum, June 3
-- Silent Films at the Silent Movie Theatre on Thursdays
-- The films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul at REDCAT, including
"Blissfully Yours" and "Tropical Malady", June 4, 6, and 8
-- Guy Maddin's Brand on the Brain, at the Egyptian Theatre, June 8-14
-- Seven Masterpieces by Kenji Mizoguchi, June 8-23 at LACMA
FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL
Thur 5.24 - Sat 5.26 (8pm)
M-Bar (1253 N Vine St, Hollywood, 323.856.0036)
Reviving abandoned home movies from the thrift stores, garage sales,
and warehouses across the country, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher
present a slew of video oddities for a night of authentically
underground film. This is the real Mystery Science Theater 3000. (JF -
THE FOLLIES OF DR. PLACEBO:
A Shadow Play w/o Dialog Inquiring into Future Healing Gone Awry
Starring Jason Bagley, Erin Barnes, Cory Beers,
Kraig Grady (director) , Sophia Grady, Amy Pigg, Ben Rojas, Neil
Tara Tavi, and Amy Wolkins
Additional support by Roger Mexico (Narrator), Laura McMurray, Spencer
Savage, Maile Colbert
THE FOLLY BOWL. ALTADENA (LOS ANGELES)
SAT MAY 26 & SUN MAY 27. 2007 8:30pm
1601 East Loma Alta Dr. Altadena, CA 91001
General Info: 323 258 3260
ECHO PARK FILM CENTER
1200 N. Alvarado Street LA CA 90026
PH# (213) 484-8846
Come watch beautiful images dance upon a screen in your own
neighborhood. Shows begin promptly @ 8PM and are $5 (unless otherwise
Thursday, May 24 - PXL THIS 16! – 8PM
"Gerry Fialka's PXL THIS festival snaps, crackles and pops off the
screen with the funky, user-friendly energy of real first-person
cinema. Goofy, gorgeous, and altogether groovy, his provocative
program of pieces produced with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy video
camera is not only downright entertaining, but more, its blipping and
buzzing black 'n' white picture-bits coalesce into a veritable
inspiration to all those who cherish the playful, spontaneous gestures
and low-cost of electronic folk art." -Craig Baldwin.
Thursday, May 31 – Videos by Joel Tauber – 8PM
Joel Tauber explores elemental philosophical questions about our
relationships to nature and the environment in an often quixotic
approach. In a 12-channel video installation and a series of
photographs, Tauber chronicles how he first fell in love with this
tree and then embarked on a quest to improve its living conditions, to
build a museum in its honor underneath its canopy, and finally, to
help it reproduce. Joel Tauber will be screening a number of the
videos from the 12 channel video installation.
June 1-2, 2007 and continuing through June
DANCE CAMERA WEST FESTIVAL
Screendance: New Visual Language
Fri 6.1.07 8:00 pm REDCAT
Sat 6.2.07 6:00 pm REDCAT
Sat 6.2.07 8:00 pm REDCAT
Opening night screening and party on Friday followed by two different
programs on Saturday. An international collection of dance on screen
focusing on the collision of movement and cinema, these three programs
showcase the most innovative examples of this new visual language of
dance on screen from around the world.
See www.DanceCameraWest.org for detailed program information.
Other shows include:
DCW AT CHEVIOT HILLS RECREATION CENTER
Saturday, June 9, 8 pm
Local Makers – LA Choreographers and Directors
DCW AT AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE
MAX PALEVSKY THEATRE AT THE AERO
Sunday, June 10, 5pm
Vers Mathilde – Claire Denis documentary on Mathilde Monnier
DCW AT THE HAMMER MUSEUM
Saturday, June 16, 7 pm
Pina Bausch on Screen
DCW AT THE 18TH STREET ARTS CENTER
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 20, 7 – 10 pm
Artist Talk 7:30 p.m; Installation runs June 20 – 30
Men in the Wall by Liz Aggis & Billy Cowie
DCW AT THE REDCAT
Saturday, June 23, 8 pm
Thierry DeMey presents films featuring William Forsythe
and AnneTeresa DeKeersmaeker
Sunday June 3 2007, 7:00PM
UCLA Film & Television Archives
WOMEN OF VISION: 18 HISTORIES IN FEMINIST FILM & VIDEO
(1998, United States) Directed by Alexandra Juhasz
This documentary illustrates the history of feminist filmmaking from
its beginnings in the 1950s through its apex in the 1970s and on to
the 1990s, as told by many of the pioneering artists. This evening's
program will include in-person appearances by some of the filmmakers
who appear in the video and a screening of some of the unedited oral
history interviews recorded for the documentary.
Beta-SP, 80 min.
In person: Alexandra Juhasz, Susan Mogul, Eve Oishi, Constance Penley,
This screening is presented in conjunction with the exhibition WACK!
Art and the Feminist Revolution, on view at The Geffen Contemporary at
the Museum of Contemporary Art in Little Tokyo, March 4 - July 16,
2007. For more information, please visit [moca.org/wack].
Outfest members receive $1.00 off admission at the box office. Please
present your membership card to receive the discount.
THE SILENT MOVIE THEATRE
611 N. Fairfax Avenue - Los Angeles, California 90036
Unless otherwise noted, all films are accompanied with a live
soundtrack and cost $10.00.
For more information please call 323.655.2510 or mail
Thursday MAY 24 at 8pm - Alfred Hitchcock's
The Pleasure Garden in 35mm (1925) with Menilmontant (1924) and The
Londale Operator (1911)
Thursday MAY 31 at 8pm -- Twelve Miles Out in 35mm (1927) with
Mabel Normand in Anything Once! in 35mm (1927) and Ice Cold Cocos in
June 4, 6, and 8 at 8 pm
The films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Along with his installed video show
April 18 -- June 17, 2007
Internationally recognized for his work in experimental and narrative
cinema such as Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Blissfully Yours
(2002), Tropical Malady (2004) and Syndromes and A Century (2006),
Apichatpong Weerasethakul presents his first solo exhibition in the
United States. Weerasethakul's films explore perception, impermanence
and the imaginary, cultivating fanciful potential within the mundane.
His abstract interchanges interrogate conventions of cinematic
narrative while exploring desire, reality and a kind of melancholy
perhaps peculiar to our times.
In anticipation of the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of Syndromes
and a Century, REDCAT will present a selection of Weerasethakul's
films. Screenings include Mysterious Object at Noon, Blissfully Yours,
Tropical Malady, and Worldly Desires and other shorts selected by the
Mon, June 4: Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
Wed, June 6: Blissfully Yours (2002)
Fri, June 8: Recent short works:
Anthem (2006, 35mm, 5 min.)
FAITH (2006, video, 11 min.)
Ghost of Asia (2005, video, 8:30 min.)
Worldly Desires (2005, video, 40 min.)
Luminous People (2007, video, 15:22 min.)
Sat, June 9: Tropical Malady (2004)
Guy Maddin's BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!
At teh American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre
June 8-14, some live, some pre-recorded shows
The latest Cinema Spectacular, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! from director Guy
Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS).
In an unprecedented act of faith in the enduring power of the
theatrical experience, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! is being presented as an
expansive live event in select cities, featuring an 11-piece "live"
orchestra, a 3-person "Live" Foley (sound effects performed onstage)
team, and a "live" celebrity narrator, and onstage Castrato
supplementing the filmic image, to comprise a one-of-a-kind cinematic
Filmmaker Guy Maddin is appearing In-Person to present the film during
these exclusive live engagements in select historic movie palaces in
Chicago (The Music Box), New York (The Village East) and Los Angeles
(The Egyptian Theatre).
Following presentations of this unique stage production, the feature
film BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! will continue at the Egyptian as a regular
film run (with a pre-recorded soundtrack including narration by
Isabella Rossellini) until June 14th.
Official Website: www.Branduponthebrain.com
BRAND UPON THE BRAIN, 2006, The Film Company/Vitagraph Films, 96 min.
Dir. Guy Maddin. Whatever are young "Guy Maddin's" parents really up
to in their lighthouse home/orphanage on a chilly remote island?
Overbearing Mother (Gretchen Krich) tracks her son's (Sullivan Brown)
every move, bellowing for him to come home over the "Aerophone" just
as something interesting is about to happen! And poor Sis (Maya
Lawson), his older sister (who is rapidly blossoming into a young
woman) -- Mother will never let her have any fun! The intrigue
continues as deranged Mother, hellbent on restoring her youth and
sinister Scientist-Father (Todd Jefferson Moore) who is sequestered
night and day in his basement laboratory, engage in diabolical, secret
experimentation. When new parents of recently adopted children from
the orphanage notice strange wounds on the youngsters' necks, a pair
of teen sleuths, Wendy (Katherine E. Scharhon) and her brother Chance,
known as "The Lightbulb Kids," appear on the island to investigate --
and in the process, inspire Guy's first crush and Sis' first love
affair. The lurid family secrets that unfold arepositively shocking!
Narrators to be announced!
Live Show Times & Prices:
Friday, June 8 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 9 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 9 - 10:00 PM
Sunday, June 10 - 7:30 PM
$25 General, $22 Students & Seniors; $20 Cinematheque Members.
Tickets at the Door:
$30 General Admission. Other prices remain the same.
Prices & showtimes for shows with pre-recorded soundtrack (no live
Monday, June 11 - Thursday, June 14 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM daily
$10 General, $8 Seniors and Students, $7 Cinematheque Members.
June 8 - June 23
Seven Masterpieces by Kenji Mizoguchi
"With the death of Mizoguchi, Japanese film lost its truest creator."
Kenji Mizoguchi began his career in the silent-film era and quickly
became known for his vehement independence and uncompromising
artistry. His works spanned many genres, from contemporary melodrama
and historical epic to social realism and domestic tragedy, along with
the occasional biography, ghost story, or samurai tale. He directed
dozens of films, many of which were lost during World War II. Those
that remain make up one of the most beautiful bodies of work in any
art, of any time. Classics such as Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff, Story
of the Late Chrysanthemums, and The Life of Oharu are unequaled in
their pictorial and narrative richness and emotional force. It is
little wonder that critics the world over have chosen Mizoguchi as one
of the greatest directors in the history of cinema.
The seven films in this series were selected from among the Mizoguchi
titles in the Janus Films library by James Quandt, senior programmer
of the Cinematheque Ontario and organizer of the 1996 retrospective
"Mizoguchi the Master." Our thanks to Mr. Quandt for the introduction
and film descriptions, and to Sarah Finklea and Janus Films for making
the films available in new 35mm prints.
June 8 | 7:30 pm Ugetsu
June 8 | 9:20 pm Sisters of the Gion
June 9 | 7:30 pm Sansho the Bailiff
June 15 | 7:30 pm Story of the Late Chrysanthemums
June 16 | 7:30 pm The Life of Oharu
June 22 & 23 | 7:30 pm Utamaro and His Five Women
June 22 & 23 | 9:15 pm Street of Shame
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