Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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At the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills

A Centennial Tribute to Johnny Mercer – SOLD OUT (see standby info below)
Thursday, November 5 – The Academy will celebrate the musical legacy of songwriter Johnny Mercer with a gala centennial tribute featuring film clips of many of his timeless classics. Performances by program host Michael Feinstein and Monica Mancini (daughter of Henry Mancini) will bring some of Mercer’s most beloved songs to life on the Academy’s stage. The program will also feature three-time Oscar®-winning songwriter-composer Alan Bergman, Oscar-nominated songwriter Arthur Hamilton, actress Rose Marie, and Mancini’s widow, Ginny. Doors 7 p.m. Program 8 p.m.

At the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood

2009–2010 Contemporary Documentaries Series
TONIGHT – Wednesday, November 4 – The Academy’s free 2009-2010 Contemporary Documentary series continues with a screening of “David McCullough: Painting with Words” and “GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts.” The series features important 2008 feature-length and short documentaries. “David McCullough” director Mark Herzog will be present for a Q & A. Doors 6:00 p.m. Program 7:00 p.m.

Oscar’s Docs, Part Five
Monday, November 9 – This comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Oscar® for documentary filmmaking continues with a screening of “Thoth” (2001), about an iconoclastic performer who presents original one-man operas accompanied by a violin in New York’s Central Park, and “Murder on a Sunday Morning” (2001), the story of a teenager accused of murder whose lawyer reopens the the investigation to find crucial evidence to support his client’s innocence. “Thoth” producer Lynn Appelle will be present for a panel discussion. Monday evenings, October 19 to November 23. Program 7:30 p.m. Doors 6:30 p.m.

In the Academy Galleries in Beverly Hills

Art of the Movie Poster: Illustrated One-Sheets and Design Concepts from the Paul Crifo Archive
Open now through December 13 – “Art of the Movie Poster” spotlights posters and the preliminary design artwork from such films as “Paths of Glory,” “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” “The Producers,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “A Separate Peace” and “Mahogany.” The exhibition explores the decades between the 1950s and ‘80s, and showcases the creative process by which a finished movie poster was achieved. Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Weekends noon–6 p.m. Admission is free.

Irving Thalberg: Creating the Hollywood Studio System, 1920–1936
Open now through December 13 – The Academy recognizes legendary film production executive Irving Thalberg (1899-1936) with a major gallery exhibition featuring unpublished photographs, documents, poster art, props and costumes from motion pictures overseen by Hollywood’s original “Boy Wonder,” including “Ben Hur,” “Grand Hotel” and “Marie Antoinette.” The installation explores Thalberg’s role in the creation of the Hollywood studio system during the 1920s and ‘30s. Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Weekends noon–6 p.m. Admission is free.

Sold Out Events

Standby Tickets
For sold out events, a standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticketholders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater.


Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street 
Hollywood, CA 90028

Academy Galleries
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
1st and 4th Floors
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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Cinematography Workshop with Patti Lee


SATURDAY NOV. 7  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hollywood cinematographer Patti Lee (PLEASANTVILLE, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW) will teach a hands-on, interactive workshop on how to choose a visual style for your next film. Topics include: how to visually translate a project through framing, style and lighting decisions, how to incorporate narrative shooting into a documentary, and more. Participants will view sample clips and learn how Patti works with directors on different projects. She will also share her experience with different camera choices, and share her knowledge of shooting in HD as well as how to take advantage of VC's Sony PD-150 DVCAM cameras.

Cost: $35 Visual Communications Members / $50 General

Enrollment is limited, advance RSVP required. To register, call Kennedy Kabasares at (213) 680-4462, ext. 32.

Contemporary Documentaries

Wednesday evenings through December 9, at 7 p.m. 
at the Linwood Dunn Theater
and the IMAX Theater, California Science Center 

A survey of outstanding recent work in the documentary field
Part One: September 30 to December 9, 2009

The 28th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.  

All films in the series screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., except for the IMAX presentations on December 9. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.  Admission for all screenings is free. 

Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m.



Directed by Mark Herzog

Produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough (Truman, John Adams), known for immersing himself in the lives of his subjects, turns that inquisitive eye on himself. McCullough provides an insightful, anecdotal look into his life and career. Digital. 39 mins.



Directed by Scott Hicks

Produced by Hicks, Susanne Preissler

Composer Philip Glass grants audiences a rare glimpse behind the curtain into his working process and family life, as well as to his spiritual teachers and longtime collaborators. Shot over 18 months and on three continents, Hicks assembles a mosaic portrait of a surprising and complex artist. Digital. 119 mins.

Wednesday, November 11, at 7 p.m.



Directed by Roberta Grossman

Produced by Grossman, Lisa Thomas

Poet, diarist and paratrooper, Hannah Senesh was a uniquely talented and brave woman. Through eyewitness accounts and her own words describing Senesh’s role in the only military rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust, the soul of a hero is revealed. 35mm. 86 mins.



Directed by Gini Reticker

Produced by Abigail E. Disney

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” chronicles the story of women in Liberia who mounted a peaceful campaign against the country’s bloody civil war. Proving that nonviolent protest can still effect change, demonstrators gathered daily in the central market area of Monrovia, and later staged a sit-in at the location of peace talks in Ghana. This grassroots effort by women of different backgrounds, ages and religions got warlords to listen, and helped transform Liberia. 35mm. 72 mins.

Admission is free; tickets are not required
Doors open at 6 p.m.
All seating is unreserved
For more information, call (310) 247-3600


The AFI FEST is rolling through town. Even though the presale tickets for the screenings at Filmforum this Sunday are gone, we've been told that at least twenty tickets to each screening have been held and will be available at the door.

And many more screenings of interest:

-- AFI FEST 2009 Oct 30 - Nov 7 - Many interesting films, including a few hosted by Filmforum on Nov 1 and Nov 4

-- Lichtspiel: Contemporary Abstract Animation and Visual Music,
at REDCAT, Tues Nov 3, 2009, 8:30 pm

-- Koji Wakamatsu's United Red Army at Cinefamily, Wed Nov 4, 8:00 pm

-- Lewis Klahr at USC Cinematheque 108, Thursday Nov 5, 7:00 pm

-- From 45 to 33: Lewis' Klahr's Films about Childhood
With a Special Conversation between Film Scholar Tom Gunning and Filmmaker Lewis Klahr, at the Velaslavasy Panorama, Sat Nov 7, 8:00 pm

-- Los Angeles Filmforum presents Bodies, Objects, Films: An Yvonne Rainer Retrospective (part 2 of 8) - Film About a Woman Who. (1974), at the Egyptian Theater, Sun Nov 8, 2009, 7:30 pm

-- Light Matters: Joost Rekveld in person, at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Sunday Nov 8, 7:00 pm

-- Ventana Al Sur: Argentine Experimental Films, at Documental,
Mon, Nov 9 at 8:30

-- The Making and Unmaking of Flaming Creatures: A screening and talk with J. Hoberman, at REDCAT, Monday Nov 9, 2009, 8:30 pm

-- Steven Severin's Music To Silents, at The Cinefamily, Wednesday Nov 11 @ 8pm

-- Spontaneous Fantasia: The Omnicentric Universe, at Glendale Community College Planetarium, Fri Nov 13 at 8 pm, Sat Nov 14 at 6:30 pm

-- Tom Gunning presents D.W. Griffith in California, at Filmforum at the Echo Park Film Center, Sunday Nov 15, 7:30 pm

-- Steven Severin's Music To Silents: Blood of a Poet, at Cinefamily,
Nov 18 @ 8pm

-- Filmforum presents the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour, program 2, Sunday Nov 22, 7:30 pm, at the Egyptian Theater

-- A Century Ago: the Films of 1909, at the Linwood Dunn Theater (AMPAS), Monday Nov 30, 7:30

-- Joey Arias and Basil Twist: Arias with a Twist, at REDCAT, November 18, 2009 - December 13, 2009

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The AFI FEST is here! Grab the kids and head for Hollywood!
Shows are freeeeeee!

There are plenty of tickets available at the door in rush lines - get there a little early.

Filmforum is delighted to be the community sponsor for the Los Angeles premiere of Werner Herzog's newest film "Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans"

But we also think several other films at the festival might be of interest to you. Check them out below.

AFI FEST 2009 Presented by AUDI
October 30 - Nov. 7
Grauman's Chinese Theater, neighboring Mann 6 Theaters, and AFM locales in Santa Monica.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
USA | DIR Werner Herzog
CAST: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Coolidge, Fairuza Balk, Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner
After RESCUE DAWN, Werner Herzog returns to American genre cinema, this time taking on the mythic, audience-friendly framework of the gritty urban cop film. Working from William Finkelstein' s tightly compelling script, Herzog sets the plot in New Orleans, which allows for a few surreal Herzogian touches-decaying buildings, men communing with alligators. But this dark, shockingly funny drama keeps the focus on the title character, Detective McDonough, who scarfs down narcotics to cope with his back pain-making bets his body can't cover-while neck-deep in a murder investigation. Nicolas Cage, in one of his strongest performances, invests McDonough with urgency and compassion, and gets terrific support by Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Vondee Curtis-Hall and Brad Dourif. Having positioned himself, in deed and word, as the ultimate Hollywood outsider, Herzog suddenly earns comparison with masters including Don Siegel, Nicholas Ray and Sidney Lumet.

Wed. Nov 4, 7:00 pm, Mann 1


SWEETGRASS - U.S. (Lucien Castaing-Taylor/ Ilisa Barbash, U.S.) Documentary section--- Sat. Nov. 7, 1 p.m. Laemmle's Monica 4-plex (AFM)

PERPETUUM MOBILE - Mexico/Canada (narrative) (Nicolas Pereda, Mexico/Canada) World Cinema section--- Tues. Nov. 3, 4 p.m. Mann 6

TRASH HUMPERS - U.S./U.K. (narrative) (Harmony Korine, US) ALT Cinema --- Tues. Nov. 3, 10 p.m. Mann 6

MOSCOW - Brazil (Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil) Documentary section-- Wed. Nov. 4, 10 p.m. Mann 1

PETITION (Zhao Liang, China) Documentary section-- Thurs. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Mann 6

NE CHANGE RIEN - Portugal/France (Pedro Costa, Portugal/France) screening with LE STREGHE, FEMMES ENTRE ELLES (Jean-Marie Straub, France/Italy) Documentary section-- Thurs. Nov. 5 10 p.m. Mann 1

POLICE, ADJECTIVE (Corneliu Porimboiu, Romania) New Lights Competition- -- Fri. Nov. 6, 1 p.m. Laemmle's Monica 4-plex

TO DIE LIKE A MAN - Portugal/France (narrative) (Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal/France) World Cinema section--- Fri. Nov. 6, 5 p.m. Laemmle's Monica 4-plex

AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi takes place October 30th - November 5 in the heart of historic downtown Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the neighboring Mann 6 Theater (in the Hollywood and Highland Center) and the Roosevelt Hotel, then moves to Santa Monica for two days of screenings at AFM, the American Film Market.

As our gift to moviegoers, free tickets are available to all festival movies, including a limited number of free tickets to evening red carpet galas. Get your tickets starting October 16 at or, or by calling 1-866-AFI-FEST. You can also obtain tickets by going to the Festival Box Office located at the Mann 6 Theatre starting on October 26th, or on the day of the screenings via rush lines.

Become a patron of the festival and purchase an AFI FEST Patron Pass, available now. The AFI FEST Patron Pass provides early entry to screenings, lounge access and other benefits. By becoming a festival patron, you help make this free festival possible and support the art of film. For more details, visit or call 1-866-AFI-FEST.

*Requires RSVP and hard ticket for admission
**Patrons must be in their seats 15 minutes before the scheduled screening time or admittance cannot be guaranteed.

Hollywood & Highland parking garage
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
$2 for up to four hours with theater, restaurant or shopping validation; $1 for every 20 minutes thereafter, with a daily maximum of $10

Santa Monica
Santa Monica City Parking Structure #4
Across the street from the theater
Prior to 6 pm, the first two hours are free; $1 for each additional half hour.
After 6 pm, there is a flat rate of $3.

Ride the Metro to the Hollywood/Highland Metro station.
Lichtspiel: Contemporary Abstract Animation and Visual Music
Los Angeles premieres
November 3, 2009, 8:30 pm
Co-presented with Center for Visual Music

"Joost Rekveld has provided an undeniable masterpiece with #37." International Film Festival Rotterdam

This ravishing "play of light" explores rhythmic abstractions in the cinematic tradition of Oskar Fischinger and visual music animation. The centerpiece of the program is the Los Angeles debut of Joost Rekveld's #37 (Netherlands, 2009, 31 min., 35mm CinemaScope) , a stunningly beautiful study of the propagation and diffraction of light through crystalline structures. Sure to bend more than a few minds, the lineup also offers award-winning animated shorts from around the world, most of which are screening in L.A. for the first time. Featured artists include Scott Draves, Robert Seidel, Steven Woloshen, Bärbel Neubauer, Thorsten Fleisch, Bret Battey, Michael Scroggins, Samantha Krukowski, Mondi, Devon Damonte, Scott Nyerges, Vivek Patel and Yusuke Nakajima. Plus the final film by the late CGI wizard Richard "Doc" Baily.

In person: Joost Rekveld

Curated by Center for Visual Music with Steve Anker.

REDCAT is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles on the northeast corner of the intersection W. 2nd and Hope Streets. Housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, REDCAT has its own street entrance on 2nd Street.

Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain time. Seating at REDCAT is unreserved, and late seating is not guaranteed.

Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage. Enter from 2nd St. and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. The evening event rate is $9 after 5pm, and $5 after 8pm.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | 8:00pm
The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510

"Consensus is boring." -- Koji Wakamatsu
For 35 years, director Koji Wakamatsu has been mulling over what happened to the idealism and moral imperative of the far left Japanese student movement that left a rash of dead bodies and unanswered questions, and his latest film is as close to his heart as Schindler's List was for Spielberg. In the unflinchingly violent United Red Army, Wakamatsu dramatizes the self-immolation of the fiercest of Japan's underground paramilitary groups, who, in the early '70s, after internal strife led to the murders of fourteen of its own twenty-nine members, fled to a remote mountain location and instigated a police standoff which lives in infamy to this day. No stranger to radical politics, Wakamatsu not only drew from interviews with surviving URA members, but also from his own street-level experiences with the URA and other subversive organizations at the time -- affiliations which landed him on the U.S. State Department's no-visa blacklist, where he remains to this day. Backed by a searing psych rock score by former Sonic Youth member Jim O'Rourke, United Red Army is a film that doesn't pretend to have the answers, but is instead an epic dissection of ideology can trump reason.

Dir. Koji Wakamatsu, 2008, 35mm, 190 min.

Tickets - $12 (admission to this Special Event is free for members)
USC Cinematheque 108 presents
The Films of Lewis Klahr
Thursday November 5, 7:00 pm

Cinematheque108 invites you to a special screening and presentation
featuring filmmaker Lewis Klahr in person

SCA 108, George Lucas Building, School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About the Films

Engram Sepals, a feature length series of 7 collage films, traces a trajectory of American intoxication - both romantically and substance wise - from the second world war into the 1970's. Using the original definition of `melodrama' (music + drama) as my starting point, these films continue my longstanding romance with the ecstatic mysteries of elliptical narrative and across-film montage.----Lewis Klahr

Engram Sepals includes the following titles:
Altair       1994  8 min.
Engram Sepals       2000  6 min.
Elsa Kirk         1999  5 min.
Pony Glass        1997  14.5 min.
Govinda          1999  23 min.
Downs Are Feminine       1994 9 min.
A Failed Cardigan Maneuver  1999  15 min.
All films are 16mm, optical sound & color with the exception of Engram Sepals which is B&W. Series running time: 1hr 20:30 minutes

Also screening with Engram Sepals-

The Aperture of Ghostings  12.5 min.  2001 sound
In the mid 1990's I unearthed three photographic contact sheets of 3 different women in a thrift store in the East Village. Only one was named and dated-- Elsa Kirk, Feb 22 `63, but all looked like they were from the same photographer and time period. There were 12 images per sheet of these Models/Actresses and I found myself intriqued by the strong sense of fiction and document in these photos. At first, I was unable  to translate these images into collage animation. So I reversed my usual process and began making xerox enlargements of the sheets which became backgrounds for a series of  flat collages. Gradually, these became storyboards for the films and led to the hieroglyphic montage style of the completed trilogy---an approach that I had intuited when first attracted to the potential of cutouts two decades before, but had never been able to capture on film---- Lewis Klahr

The Aperture of Ghostings includes:
Elsa Kirk    5 min. 1999
Catherine Street   3 min. 2001
Creased Robe Smile   4.5 min. 2001


Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. For more information, please call 213.740.3334 or e-mail cinematheque108@ cinema.usc. edu for a schedule. All events are free and are on Thursday evenings in SCA 108, unless otherwise noted. Please note that there will be no food, drink, or gum allowed inside the theater.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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Automata and the Velaslavasay Panorama presents
From 45 to 33:
Lewis' Klahr's Films about Childhood
With a Special Conversation between
 Film Scholar Tom Gunning and Filmmaker Lewis Klahr
Saturday November 7 at 8pm at the Panorama
all info at this link:

Tickets $10 {$8 VPES members, Students, Seniors}
Seating is limited ~ advance tickets are recommended and are available here

Automata and The Velaslavasay Panorama welcome acclaimed experimental filmmaker Lewis Klahr, who will present a rare Los Angeles screening of his early films, including the series PICTURE BOOKS FOR ADULTS {1983-85, 45 minutes}, and his epic cutout masterpiece THE PHARAOH'S BELT {1994, 43 minutes}. In addition to the screening, we also welcome renowned film scholar Tom Gunning, who will join Lewis Klahr in discussing his films and artistic process.

Called the "reigning proponent of cut and paste" by critic J. Hoberman of the Village Voice, master collagist Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. A Guggenhein Fellow whose work has screened at several Whitney Biennials, he is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic experimental films and cutout animations, which have been screened extensively at museums and festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

Tom Gunning is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department on Cinema and Media at the University of Chicago. He is the author of D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film and The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity, along with numerous articles on early film, avant garde film, and cinema and modernity. He is currently a visiting Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute.

For further information, please contact

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Sunday November 8, 2009, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Bodies, Objects, Films: An Yvonne Rainer Retrospective (part 2 of 8) -
Film About a Woman Who. (1974)
At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles

Over the course of our 2009-2010 seasons, Filmforum is proud to present a full retrospective of the media works of Yvonne Rainer. One of the most significant artists in dance and film of the last fifty years, this is the first full retrospective of her films in Los Angeles.

Please note that Yvonne Rainer will not be present at this screening. We were going to screen Trio A and Lives of Performers tonight, but we will screen those on a night in 2010 when Rainer can be present. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Film About A Woman Who. (1974, 105 mins, b&w, 16mm)
Rainer's landmark film is a meditation on ambivalence that plays with cliché and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger.

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Sunday Nov 8, 7:00 pm
at the UCLA Film & Television Archive
at the Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum

The Archive is pleased to present, in association with Center for Visual Music, the first West Coast retrospective of films by celebrated Dutch filmmaker and installation artist Joost Rekveld. Rekveld, who will appear in person, started making abstract films in 1991 after he invited Bill Moritz and Elfriede Fischinger to come to the Netherlands to present a day-long survey of abstract cinema. Almost 20 years later, Rekveld pursues his fascination with human perception and the history of optics and perspective with the aim of creating a "music for the eyes." An important part of his filmmaking is to develop his own tools, often inspired by the less frequented by-ways in the history of science and technology.

This screening follows the Los Angeles premiere of Rekveld's latest film, #37, at REDCAT on Tuesday, November 3. For more information about the REDCAT screening, please visit

All films directed by Joost Rekveld, who also wrote the film notes.

#3 (1994, 16mm, silent, color, 4 min., Netherlands) Directed by Joost Rekveld
#3 is a film with pure light, in which the images were created by recording the movements of a small light source with extremely long exposures, so that it draws traces on the emulsion. The light is part of a simple mechanical system that exhibits chaotic behavior. I had long been fascinated by the fact that it is possible to construct a static image using movement, and that it is possible to recreate movement by showing several of these static images in succession. In this way, both the images, as well as the transformations of those images, are caused by the interference between the movement of one single light-germ and the movement of the film camera. The film was made according to an extensive score covering color, exposure, camera position, width of the light-trail and the direction and speed of movement of the mechanical system. The score consists of 13 sections in which I have tried at all costs to avoid repetition, symmetry and trivial developments.

#23.2, BOOK OF MIRRORS (2002, 35mm, color, 12 min., Netherlands) Directed by Joost Rekveld
#23.2, Book of Mirrors deals with the multiplication of light beams through mirrors and kaleidoscopes.

#7 (1996, 16mm, silent, color, 32 min., Netherlands) Directed by Joost Rekveld
#7 was made by stamping paint onto transparent film and using the result of this as a negative. All movements in the film are caused by the interference of the stamped grid patterns and the perforation of the film material.

#11, MAREY <-> MOIRÉ
(1999, 35mm, 21 min., Netherlands) Directed by Joost Rekveld
#11, Marey <-> Moiré is a film in which all images were generated by intermittently recording the movement of a line. It is a film about the discontinuity that lies at the heart of the film medium. After making films #3 and #5 I was thinking about other methods to generate images by distributing light across film frames. One idea that came to mind was to record a continuous movement with long exposures like I had been doing before, but to interrupt these exposures many times to generate visual patterns. This would create interesting interferences between the motions involved. The principle on which the set-up for #11 is based, is the same as used by the French scientist Etienne-Jules Marey. His work marks a definite turn in the strategies to deal with processes, motions and flux. The isolation of phases in time and the conversion of time in graphic space, led to many powerful inventions such as the assembly line.

In Person: Joost Rekveld
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(1976-2008, 65minutes) at 8:30
DOCUMENTAL shows films at the Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90 404, 3 10-315-0056, free admission from 6-10pm. Info: 310-306-7330

Curated by Mark Street and Lynne Sachs. This rollicking evening of challenging, expressive and oppositional Argentine cinema offers a window onto artists shredding formal niceties, relishing in risk and daring to access the sublime. From an achingly beautiful evocation of a field of flowers to a darkly humorous evisceration of the tenets of the stock market, this program will take us to the land where summer is winter and winter is summer and render our souls topsy-turvy for a bit as well. Street & Sachs immersed themselves in the Buenos Aires film community through a variety of collaborative cinematic endeavors, meeting and watching the works of local moving-image makers - some young bucks as well as some veterans who have been expanding the parameters of the medium since the=2 0early-1960s.

6pm-more Experimental films. also- HEAP US 'ROUND OUR RUINS ('09, 120m) from 6-8:30 - Ben Balcom & Josh Weissbach's (in person) engaging films are both unified by an interest in the vitality of the moving image as an experience of communication. Weissbach's films are based on the notion that as all humans inhabit space, space simultaneously inhabits humans, and within this, the main question that is raised is how does the relationship between intimacy, trauma, and space function in the life of every human being? Including an experimental documentary that focuses on Cuban exiles and the intimate sites of their lives before, while, and after crossing the liquid divide between Cuba and the United States. Ben Balcom's films teeter on the line between reality and dream, characterized by the appearance and disappearance of narrative. The form of these films change from pure experimentation to character-based allegory. These films are trying to discover the relationship between our nature and the representation of this space through a reconfiguration of experience in an artificial medium. Each of these films is united in their interest in poetry, mythology, and perception, experienced through an interface of silence and the language of the material. This body of work is meant to be eyes seeing humanity hiding, running, lying, tearing itself apart.

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The Making and Unmaking of Flaming Creatures
A screening and talk with J. Hoberman
Los Angeles revival
November 9, 2009, 8:30 pm

1963, 45 min., 16mm, b/w

Recognized as an unprecedented visionary masterpiece, Flaming Creatures was also reviled, rioted over, banned as porn, and pondered by the Supreme Court. "Jack Smith described Flaming Creatures as `a comedy set in a haunted movie studio.' It is that, as well as the single most important and influential underground movie ever released in America," according to J. Hoberman, film critic of The Village Voice for more than 30 years and an authority on the Smith performance and film oeuvre. "Smith's movie was a source of inspiration for artists as disparate as Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini and John Waters but he never completed another." Find out why. Hoberman's books include The Dream Life: Movies, Media and the Mythology of the Sixties and Bridge of Light: Yiddish Cinema Between Two Worlds.

In person: J. Hoberman

Curated by Steve Anker.

REDCAT is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles on the northeast corner of the intersection W. 2nd and Hope Streets. Housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, REDCAT has its own street entrance on 2nd Street.

Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain time. Seating at REDCAT is unreserved, and late seating is not guaranteed.

Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage. Enter from 2nd St. and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. The evening event rate is $9 after 5pm, and $5 after 8pm.

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Reginald Robinson: Ragtime and Rubber Hose Limbs
at the UCLA Hammer Museum
Tuesday November 10, 7:00 pm

Step into the Billy Wilder Theater for a rare evening of 1920s entertainment. Reginald Robinson will bang out the syncopated rhythms of ragtime on the grand piano as rarely seen snippets of animation by cartoon pioneers Otto Messmer, Earl Hurd, and Walter Lantz are screened. Robinson, who is primarily self-taught and received a 2004 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," will play original compositions and improvisational riffs on Ragtime classics to the antics of Felix the Cat, Dinky Doodle, and Woody Woodpecker, among others.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00p.m.
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Steven Severin's Music To Silents
Nov 11 @ 8pm
The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510

"From the symmetry of forms as two women play against mirrors in 'In Loop,' to the sexual and violent tones of 'The Bad Dropper' and 'Third Bride' -- what really caught my eye was 'Mercury Gash.' Accompanied by flanger-style effects, the imagery was nothing short of Dionysian. A frenzied, orgiastic experience, as images of surreal sexual positions shuttled by, the music losing itself in passion." -- Slowdive Music

In his Los Angeles live solo debut, Steven Severin (founding member and longtime bassist for Siouxsie And The Banshees) comes to the Cinefamily for two successive Wednesdays of intense, compelling, moody and sensuous live scores to rare silent and experimental films! This first evening is based upon trance-inducing tracks from his 2009 solo album "Music For Silents". The centerpiece of the evening is his new score for Germaine Dulac's The Seashell and The Clergyman (1928), considered to be one of the very first surrealist films. A collaboration between Dulac and the infamous French playwright Antonin Artaud (who was reportedly infuriated by the final product), the film tells of an amorous priest, and the object of his desire whom he never can grasp. Severin's sparkling piano lines, played backwards and forwards, collide headfirst with subtle synthwork to shattering effect.

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8-Bit Alchemy [rewind]

Thurs Nov 12 @ 8pm / SERIES: 8-bit alchemy

The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510

Come see yesterday's tomorrows -- today! Tonight, we'll sift through the last 40 years of big scary machines and all the mysterious things they did. Machines that were, at the time, cutting edge but are now antiquated and often down right quaint. And, compared to today's microchip-fueled, byte-bloated world, this palette for yesteryear's electronic artists was relatively primitive. The solutions they found to work around these limitations is often fascinating. We'll be screening short films by pioneers like Stan Vandeerbek, Eric Siegel among others and some documentaries from that time dealing with everything from synthesizers to computer hacking, a 1969 industrial film's idea of life in 1999 (and see how much they got right and wrong) and various pop cultural detritus showing how we ate it all up (Bubblicious Pac Man TV commercials, news stories on video game trends, etc.) After the show, stick around for a show-and-tell demo of some curious analog contraptions.

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Spontaneous Fantasia: The Omnicentric Universe
an entirely new experience of cosmic exploration performed live in state-of-the- art immersive digital fulldome!

The Glendale Community College Planetarium presents
in their state-of-the- art
immersive digital fulldome theater
Tickets & full info:

Friday, November 13, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 14, 6:30pm
Friday, November 27, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 28, 6:30pm
Friday, December 4, 8:00pm
Saturday, December 5, 6:30pm
Friday, December 11, 8:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 6:30pm

Glendale Community College Planetarium
Cimmarusti Science Center
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, California 91208

Free on-campus parking after 5pm.
Click here for GCC maps and parking info

Part of the proceeds supports GCC's free K-12 science outreach program.

Buy discounted tickets online
or pay cash at the door.
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Sunday November 15, 2009, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents
D.W. Griffith in California, with talk by Tom Gunning

At the Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
For reservations, email
Note change in location!

For fans of early film, and of Southern California history! We're delighted to host the internationally- renowned film scholar Tom Gunning, who will talk about Griffith's time in California, and these selected, rarely screened films made in So Cal in the years before World War I. All in 16mm with live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.

In 1910, retreating from the harsh East Coast winter which confined them inside the narrow limits of their NYC studio in a 14th st. brownstone, D.W. Griffith transported the Biograph film company to southern California. For the next four winters the company made over a hundred one reel (15 minutes) films in the area around Los Angeles, covering every genre in a range of locations: westerns in the deserts and hills; a caveman film in Griffith Park; tales of lost lovers by the seaside; Mexican dramas among the cacti. These brief films laid the foundation for cinema as a narrative art, but, even more, the displayed a beauty of landscape and detail that year later Griffith claimed Hollywood had completely forgotten. - Tom Gunning

Special Thanks to Tom Barnes for the silent speed projector and to all our print sources: David Shepard, USC Hugh Hefner Moving Image Archive, Academy Film Archives, and Budget Films.

Man's Genesis (1912, 17 min)
Griffith took on the somewhat daring task of illustrating Darwin's theory of man's evolution with Bobby Harron as a cavemen who proves intelligence triumphs over brawn. With Mae Marsh

The New Dress (1911, 17 min.)
A psychological story of Mexican life showing Griffith's genius for building a story around an object. With Dorothy West.

The Massacre (1914, 20 min)
A true epic in small form, showing Griffith's ambitions to create a panoramic landscape of action. As he often did, Griffith showed how the American westward expansion destroyed the peaceful lives of Native Americans. With the magnificent Blanche Sweet and Wilfred Lucas.

The Unchanging Sea (1910, 14 min.)
Griffith used the seaside as a poetic motif to express longing and loss, combined with a deft use of parallel editing to express the cycles of life. With Mary Pickford and Charles West

The Sands of Dee (1912, 17 min)
One of Griffith most poetic films, based on a poem by Charles Kingsley, as Mae Marsh plays an abandoned lover who haunts the shore.

The Female of the Species (1912, 17 min)
A grim melodrama of survival in the desert in which women play out the central drama of jealousy and revenge (including a rather murderous Mary Pickford).

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Steven Severin's Music To Silents: Blood of a Poet
Nov 18 @ 8pm
The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510

Blood of a Poet
(world premiere of new live score by Steven Severin!)
"It is often said that Blood Of A Poet is a surrealist film. However, surrealism did not exist when I first thought of it." -- Jean Cocteau

For the first time ever, Severin will perform live his brand-new score for French master Jean Cocteau's debut 1930 film. As scandalous as Bunuel's L'Age D'Or upon its original release in the same year, Cocteau's heady mix of startling-for- its-time camera technique, voyeuristic lust and mindbending imagery straight from the subconsciousness serves as a kind of Rosetta stone both for the European avant garde and for the controlling images of Cocteau's cinema in general. The film's tableaux revolve around a young poet whose drawings instigate bizarre incidents: a statue comes to life, a mirror leads through to a corridor (later explored in Cocteau's Orpheus), a ritualistic suicide results in reincarnation. Cocteau provides no clear answers, and the film's pure enjoyment derives from trying to sort through the maze of fragmented pieces.

Dir. Jean Cocteau, 1930, digital presentation, 55 min.
Sunday November 22, 2009, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour - Program 2
At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles 90028

This exciting show mixes new experimental, animation, and documentary work - a great way to catch up on what is happening in film & video art!  Tonight's touring program highlights several new animated works and three short experimental documentaries. This program explores themes of a changing globalized world through personal, existential journeys and includes films from Paris, London, Winnipeg, New Zealand, and the U.S.

For reservations, email us at
$10 general, $6 students (with ID) and seniors.

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.

Monday, November 2, 2009

31st College Television Awards

31st College Television Awards

JANUARY 13, 2010

For rules and guidelines and to submit your work, go to and click on College TV Awards.

Categories include: Animation, Children's, Comedy, Commercial, Documentary, Drama, Interactive Media, Magazine, Music (Best Composition), Music (Best Use), Newscast Series - Narrative and new this year, Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship


Onscreen at the EGYPTIAN and AERO THEATRES 

Thursday, November 5 - 7:30 PM
THE TELEPHONE BOOK & Merv         
Bloch Trailer Show Lost 1971 Film! Not seen onscreen since it opened at the Vogue Theatre. A girl falls in love with the greatest obscene caller in the world

Thursday,    November 5 - 7:30 PM
Creating a Dynamic Movie Trailer Seminar Independent Filmmakers, do you know what goes into a great  trailer? Join veteran trailer editor David Kittredge for a visual look at developing the best trailer you can for theatrical and online use!
[Spielberg Theatre]

Friday, November 6 - 8:00 PM
Sneak Preview of the latest film from the director of THE PROPOSITION. A post-Apocalyptic tale. Starring Viggo Mortensen who will appear in person  for a discussionalong with director John Hillcoat and other talent from the film. Please note that this screening
will start at 8 PM, not 7:30 PM.

November 7 & 8
Animation, Animation and more Animation, plus         Seminars with
veterans of the industry from Pixar to MTV
New! Grab a bite at the Pig 'n Whistle before or after a movie at the
Egyptian and dine in         Cleopatra's Courtyard of cinematic delights!
NOW, present your ticket stub         for 1/2 price drinks at the Pig 'n
Ticket stub only valid on day of         screening for special offer.
Applies to select drinks.
        Mummy Meal Deals!
Available now at the Egyptian
Ask for yours today at the
concession stand.
Egyptian         Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028


Wednesday, November 4 - 7:30 PM
Director Larry Cohen in person with two of his B Movie         Sensations!
Get ready to battle an addictive, low cal dessert product and an Aztec

Thursday,  November 5 at 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview of Wes Anderson's animated film starring George Clooney and Meryl Steet. From a Roald Dahl novel.

Friday,  November 6 - 7:30 PM
25th Anniversary Screening of David Lynch's psychedelic Sci Fi film 

Saturday,  November 7 - 7:30 PM
DISASTER FILM         Triple Feature
EARTHQUAKE, THE TOWERING INFERNO & THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE for the price of one movie if you can take that much edge-of-seat misadventure in one sitting!

Aero         Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403