Los Angeles Filmforum presents: LA <===> AA, Films from the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Filmmakers Thom Andersen, Daniel Brantley, Sílvia Das Fadas, Andrew Kim, Troy Morgan, Charlotte Pryce, and Mark Toscano in attendance, along with AAFF Program Director David Dinnell.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival held its 52nd edition in March 2014 and featured over 200 films from 24 countries. This year’s edition had a strong contingent of works from Los Angeles based filmmakers. The AAFF held two retrospective film series dedicated to Thom Andersen and Penelope Spheeris; represented in this program by Andersen’s 1966 film Olivia’s Place and Spheeris’s No Use Walkin’ When You Can Stroll (1998). This program also includes AAFF audience favorite Troy Morgan’s stop-motion animation Musical Recordings from the Realm of the Dead, the psychedelic music video Grip for Sun Araw by Daniel Brantley, Mark Toscano’s poignant one-shot portrait Certain Things, Charlotte Pryce’s recent 16mm film A Study in Natural Magic (awarded at the 52nd AAFF); as well as recent films by Sílvia Das Fadas, Mike Stoltz, and Andrew Kim (awarded Most Promising Filmmaker at the 52nd AAFF).
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Musical Recordings from the Realm of the Dead (digital, 2013, 5 min)
by Troy Morgan (in attendance)
Four separate individuals at the dawn of wireless technology become accidental collaborators in a musical composition that is pieced together through radio waves.This meditation on the creative process reflects on the outcome of our individual endeavors and suggests that it is impossible to be aware of what our work ultimately will become once it is released from our hands. Focusing on the sound design as the main character, this fictionalized journey through early radio explores the subtle changes that occur as a song travels from person to person through new technologies. The traveling sound moves through space, evolving, morphing, and letting go of its origin, in the same manner as a modern Internet meme, giving a brief insight into the unexpected uses and cultural manifestations that occur within modern telecommunications. -TM
World Premiere at the 52nd AAFF.
Grip (digital, 2013, 6 min)
by Daniel Brantley (in attendance)
A video for "Grip" by Southern Californian musician Sun Araw.
Will o' the Wisp (16mm, 2013, 24 min)
by Andrew Kim (in attendance)
"I can't see ghosts, but film is indeed a perfect medium."
Will o' the Wisp or The Wandering Light Illuminating the Dark of Night, Taken Therefore for the Souls of the Departed. An examination whereunto is joined a discourse of the causes, continuance, and qualities of such phenomena in nature; occasioned as a matter in contest with the much terrified people who have deemed these lights to be manifestations of the paranormal.
World Premiere at the 52nd AAFF, received the Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker Award.
With Pluses and Minuses (16mm, 2013, 5 min)
by Mike Stoltz
"This morning the window blew its glass onto my face. Real morning with pluses and minuses (my symbols for truth)." A ground-less and boundless 16mm film in which a wall becomes a window to a swirling landscape. -MS
A Study in Natural Magic (16mm, 2013, 3 min, silent)
by Charlotte Pryce (in attendance)
Witness an alchemist’s spell; the transmutation of light into substance; a glimpse of gold.-CP
Received the Stan Brakhage Film at Wits End Award.
Square Dance, Los Angeles County, California, 2013 (16mm, 2013, 9 min)
by Sílvia das Fadas (in attendance)
The people are what is not there yet, never in the right place, never ascribable to the place and time where anxieties and dreams await. -Jacques Rancière
World Premiere at the 52nd AAFF.
Olivia’s Place (16mm, 1966/1974, 6 min)
by Thom Andersen (in attendance)
“On Sunday, January 16, 1966, we shot 200 ft. of 16mm Kodak Ektachrome MS film, type 7256, at OLIVIA’S PLACE, 2618 Main Street, Santa Monica, California. We shot with a static camera, mounted on a tripod, using only available light. A recording of THERE IS SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND by Big Jay McNeely and his band, with vocal by Little Sonny, was on the jukebox then. The Harlem Globetrotters and TOKYO JOE, starring Humphrey Bogart, were on TV that afternoon.” — Thom Andersen, John Moore.
This text appears as a title at the beginning of Olivia’s Place. In 1970 or 1971, Bill Norton filmed a scene for Cisco Pike there. Olivia’s Place was also the inspiration for the song “Soul Kitchen” by The Doors. It was demolished in 1972 or 1973 as part of a redevelopment project that turned Santa Monica’s Main Street into a boulevard of expensive shops and restaurants (including restaurants owned by Wolfgang Puck and Arnold Schwarzenegger).
Certain Things (16mm, 2014, 4 min)
by Mark Toscano (in attendance)
Certain things you remember. These are two of them, remembered by my father, as we drove north on S. Las Vegas Blvd in November, 2011. - MT
World Premiere at the 52nd AAFF.
No Use Walkin’ When You Can Stroll (35mm on digital, 1998, 11 min)
by Penelope Spheeris
One-time carny, bartender, and married ten times, Penelope Spheeris’s mother was an uncommon woman. In this sweet, funny, and moving video portrait, Spheeris gives us a vivid glimpse into the richness of her mother’s life and character.
Exhibition file courtesy of Penelope Spheeris and the Academy Film Archive.
This program is supported 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 Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
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