Enthused by the possibilities of “underground” film, energetic students at Los Angeles’ leading universities made a healthy amount of work using alternative approaches in the 1960s. This work gained notoriety in the mass media, with an article in Time Magazine, among others. The most well-known filmmaker to come out of this period is George Lucas, but we’ll also be looking at remarkable students works by Penelope Spheeris, David Lebrun, Paul Golding, Robert Abel, John Milius, Burton Gershfield, Bruce Green, and Rob Thompson. Politically and socially activated works, experimenting in animation, collage, documentary, and narrative, topped by two unusual science fiction films from Spheeris and Lucas. This program also plays at UCLA Melnitz Movies on Thursday April 12 at 7:30 pm.
In person: David Lebrun, others to be announced (schedules permitting)
Tickets are free. RSVPS are available on the USC website at http://cinema.usc.edu/CrossTownRivals
visiting from UCLA–
Freightyard Symphony (Robert Abel, 1963, 6.5min), Les AngeS Dorment (Felix Venable, 1965, 9min), S.W.L.A. (Rob Thompson, 1971, 6min), Now That The Buffalo's Gone (Burton Gershfield, 1967, 7min), Sanctus (David Lebrun, 1967, 18min), Synthesis (Penelope Spheeris, 1968, 7min)
home at USC–
Wipeout (Paul Golding, 1965, 3min); Pulp (Bruce Green, 1967, 8min); Marcello, I'm So Bored (John Milius, 1966, 9min); Herbie (Paul Golding and George Lucas, 1965, 2:45); Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4 EB (George Lucas, 1967, 15min)
More on Lucas in his student days: http://emdiv.org/pt/mundo/tecnologia/8908-george-lucas.html
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 will feature over 24 shows between now and May 2012. Alternative Projections is Filmforum’s exploration of the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental film and video in Southern California in the postwar era. Film series curated by Adam Hyman and Mark Toscano, with additional contributions by Rani Singh, Jerri Allyn, David James, Christine Panushka, Terry Cannon, Ben Caldwell, Stephanie Sapienza, Amy Halpern, and more.
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Primary funding for Alternative Projections was provided by the Getty Foundation, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 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. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Metabolic Studio. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.
Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
April 22 – Alternative Projections: Conceptual Media – at the Egyptian Theatre
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