L.A. Filmforum and Cinefamily present Numbers, Patterns, and Shapes: Later Abstractions of the 1960s and 1970s

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L.A. Filmforum and Cinefamily present Numbers, Patterns, and Shapes: Later Abstractions of the 1960s and 1970s
Curated by: Adam Hyman, Mark Toscano

611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
May 3rd, 2012 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

(323) 655-2510
experimental film
$12 general; free for Filmforum and Cinefamily members, see


Early in Alternative Projections we presented Early Abstractions of the 1940s and 1950s, which presented an evolution of imagery in films from abstracted sculptural shapes to abstract images created by animation and optical printer.  We continue looking at the evolution with more remarkable abstract films.  As in the earlier show, John and James Whitney continue as key figures, but working separately.  John Whitney’s 1967 Experiments in Motion Graphics introduces the possibilities of computer animations, soon to be fully explored.  The classic films 7362 by Pat O’Neill’s and Kitsch in Synch by Adam Beckett reveal some of the unbelievable possibilities of optical printer work.  Jules Engel’s Train Landscape uses traditional animation.  Michael Scroggins worked with pioneering video manipulation.  And then the age of the computer was upon us.

In person: Larry Cuba, Louis Hock, Pat O’Neill, Michael Scroggins, John Whitney Jr. (schedules permitting

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Tickets: $12 general; free for Filmforum and Cinefamily members, see

Screening (subject to change):
Experiments in Motion Graphics
(John Whitney, 1967, 12 min), Matrix III (John Whitney, 1972, 10 min), 7362 (Pat O’Neill, 1967, 11 min), Train Landscape (Jules Engel, 1974, 3 min), Kitsch in Synch (Adam Beckett, 1975, 5 min), Light Traps (Louis Hock, 1975, 8 min), 3/78 (Objects and Transformations) (Larry Cuba, 1978, 6 min), Two Space (Larry Cuba, 1979, 8 min), Recent Li (Michael Scroggins, 1980, 5 min), Kang Jing Xiang (James Whitney, 1982, 13 min)

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:
May 12 – Alternative Projections: Moving Pictures: Painting, Photography, Film - at the Echo Park Film Center

May 18 – Alternative Projections: The Marathon – at the Echo Park Film Center

May 20 - Alternative Projections: L.A. Filmworks – The State of the Art, 1980 – at the Egyptian Theater, with reception

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2012 is our 37th year.


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