Sunday January 16, 2011, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Radical Light: The 1980s and 1990s
Filmmakers Timoleon Wilkins and Cauleen Smith, and curators Steve Anker and Kathy Geritz in person!
At the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd. (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028
Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members
Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Radical Light: Alternative Film And Video In The San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, (UC Press), edited by Steve Anker, Co-Curator of Film at REDCAT, and Pacific Film Archive curators Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, is a rich compendium of essays, reminiscences and striking visuals that attests to the vital and varied experimental film and video scene that has existed in the Bay Area for more than half a century. In conjunction with the book’s release, Filmforum and other organizations are hosting a series of screenings highlighting an amazing range of work produced in the Bay Area over the past seven decades. Filmforum’s show on January 16th will highlight films made in the 1980s and 1990s, with two filmmakers, Timoleon Wilkins and Cauleen Smith, in person along with curators Steve Anker and Kathy Geritz!
We are especially proud to be able to organize this screening as the second evening of a cluster of events taking place in January throughout the greater Los Angeles area celebrating the book and the legacy of alternative film & video in the Bay Area, with six different screenings: The UCLA Film & Television Archive (Jan 14 and 21), Filmforum (Jan 16 & 23), REDCAT (Jan 17) and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Jan 20).
Special thanks to Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz, Steve Seid, and Berenice Reynaud.
The 1980s was a period of rebirth for personal experimental cinema in the Bay Area, with many filmmakers carrying seminal artistic traditions into new territory. Subjective vision, celluloid materiality, irreverent spontaneity, found footage, formal exploration, and social critique were reclaimed and often combined, distinctively and expressively, into single films. This program includes from this period Gunvor Nelson’s witty conundrum, Field Study #2. It ranges from Charles Wright’s ecstatic collage of image and sound spaces, Sorted Details, to Nina Fonoroff’s devastating evocation of a mind divided against itself, Department of the Interior; and Lynn Marie Kirby’s brief but deeply resonant personal narrative, Across the Street.
By the 1990s, many Bay Area filmmakers were products of Bay Area film programs, with some, such as Jay Rosenblatt, Greta Snider, and Cauleen Smith going on to teach. Dominic Angerame continued to run Canyon Cinema, a distributor of experimental cinema; Scott Stark founded Flicker, which documents alternative cinema online; and Jenni Olson programmed for the local lesbian and gay film festival. These were artists who spent a lot of time viewing and thinking about cinema, which nurtured an interest in the particularities of the medium. For Greta Snider, this included hand exposing and processing her film. Jay Rosenblatt found new meaning in footage he found or collected, while Cauleen Smith fabricated a personal history in her collage film. In their films, Angerame and Timoleon Wilkins each beautifully evoked a specific place.
Sorted Details (Charles Wright, 1980, 13 mins, Color).
Field Study # 2 (Gunvor Nelson, 1988, 8 mins, Color).
Across The Street (Lynn Marie Kirby, 1982, 3 mins, Color).
Department of the Interior (Nina Fonoroff, 1986, 8.5 mins, B&W).
Short of Breath (Jay Rosenblatt, 1990, 10 mins, Color).
Flight (Greta Snider, 1996, 5 mins, Silent, B&W).
Premonition (Dominic Angerame, 1995, 10 mins, B&W).
Lake of the Spirits (Timoleon Wilkins, 1998, 7 mins, Color).
Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) (Cauleen Smith, 1991, 13 mins, Color).
Total running time: 78 mins. All 16mm prints from Canyon Cinema.
Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area Book, Film, and Video Tour was curated by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, Film and Video Curators at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Steve Anker, Dean of the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts. The tour is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the William H. Donner Foundation. http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
Steve Anker is Co-Curator of Film at REDCAT and Dean of the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts.
Kathy Geritz is Film Curator at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley.
Steve Seid is Video Curator at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and coauthor of Ant Farm 1968-1978 (UC Press)
Radical Light screenings in Los Angeles will be hosted by the following venues:
UCLA Film & Television Archive – www.cinema.ucla.edu : Jan. 14 & 21
REDCAT – www.redcat.org : Jan 17
Los Angeles Filmforum – www.lafilmforum.org : Jan. 16 and 23
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) - www.welcometolace.org : Jan. 20
After its L.A. presentation, the series will continue to New York City, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Boulder, Portland and Ann Arbor.
Radical Light: Alternative Film And Video In The San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000 is published by the University of California Press Berkeley – www.ucpress.edu in collaboration with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
For the screenings at the Egyptian Theater:
Parking is now easiest at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Bring your ticket for validation. Parking is $2 for 4 hours with validation. Enter that complex on Highland or Hollywood. The theater is 1.5 blocks east.
This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.
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