Psychedelic Visions & Expanded Consciousness

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Aether (still)
Psychedelic Visions & Expanded Consciousness

611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
January 18th, 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

(323) 655-2510
experimental film
Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.


Hyperkinetic experimental film and animation in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s both echoed and informed the volcanic psychedelia that defined those years — and the filmmakers featured in tonight’s show created challenging, gorgeous work during that era through obsessive mastery of groundbreaking techniques. Chick Strand’s solarized synchronicities, Pat O’Neill’s optically-printed densely haptic experiments and Adam Beckett’s infinite ecstatic morphs all manage to alter minds, both addled and unaided. The care that went into the films of tonight’s sizeable collection of visionaries cannot be overstated, and their influence is a testament to the potent revolutions that originated in obscurity, but still resound in our collective consciousness.  Info:

In person: Beth Block, Peter Mays, Pat O’Neill (Schedules permitting)

Les AngeS Dorment (Felix Venable, 1965, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min)
Print Courtesy of Peter Mays

Pulse (Peter Spoecker, 1969, 16mm, b/w, sound, 9min.)
Print Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

The Star Curtain Tantra (Peter Mays, 1969, 16mm, color, sound, 14min.)
Print Courtesy of Peter Mays

Easyout (Pat O’Neill, 1972, 16mm, color, sound, 9min.)
Print Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Binary Bit Patterns (Michael Whitney, 1969, 16mm, color, 3min.)
Print Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Lapis (James Whitney, 1966, 16mm, color, sound, 9min.)
Print Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Coming Down (Pat O’Neill, 1968, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
Print Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Twelve (The First Three Parts...) (Beth Block, 1977, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min.)

Waterfall (Chick Strand, 1967, 16mm, color, sound, 3min.)
Restored print from the Academy Film Archive.  This film was restored by the Pacific Film Archive and the Academy Film Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Aether (Daina Krumins, 1972, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
Original score by Rhys Chatham!
Print Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Evolution of the Red Star (Adam Beckett, 1973, 16mm, color, sound, 7min.)
Restored print from The iotaCenter collection at the Academy Film Archive
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 will feature over 24 shows between October 2011 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 David James, Christine Panushka, Jerri Allyn, Abraham Ferrer, 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; and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.

Our website at contains oral histories, articles, and a searchable database with individuals, films, organizations, and exhibitions, and archival content. This is the first database of its kind and will give scholars and the public a much richer understanding of art production in Los Angeles for years to come.  The contents of the screening series can also be found there.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Jan 21 – Alternative Projections: Los Angeles Observed (at Cinefamily)
Jan 25 & 26 – Single Wing Turquoise Bird – light show performance with live music, at UCLA EDA, part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival!
Jan 28 - Alternative Projections: Visions, Memory, and a Machine (at Cinefamily)

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