Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Various Events around LA

-- Open Projector Night, at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Tues April 6, 7:30 pm

-- Frederick Wiseman: Meat, at REDCAT, April 8, 8:30 pm

-- Gems from the Archives of Russ Harden III, at the Echo Park Film Center, Thurs, April 8, 8PM

-- Cin108 Gwanju Series, at USC, Thurs April 8th, 7:00 pm

-- CONTEMPORARY ROMANIAN CINEMA at the UCLA Film & Television Archive
April 9-19

-- FOLK NIGHT: LES BLANK MEETS 1921A, at the Echo Park Film Center,
Sat, April 10, 8 PM

-- Close-Up by Abbas Kiarostami, at Cinefamily, Sat April 10 @ 7:30pm

- Japan Film Festival Los Angeles, April 10-25

-- Los Angeles Filmforum presents JULIE MURRAY: Slight Movements, at the Egyptian Theatre, Sun April 11, 7:30 pm

-- NewTown, Los Angeles Filmforum & Cinefamily Present: Blast Phemy! #3: A Mid-week Music/Media Mashup! At Cinefamily, Wednesday, April 14, 8:00 pm

-- Underground Films & Termite Art: A Tribute to Manny Farber, at LACMA, April 16 - April 30

-- Los Angeles Filmforum presents STEPHANIE BARBER: Little Presents, at the Egyptian Theater, Sun Apr 18, 7:30 pm

-- Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break with Exit, at REDCAT, Mon April 19, 2010, 8:30 pm

-- City of Lights, City of Angels: A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood, April 19-25

-- Avant-Game: Video game-based experimental short films, at UCLA Melnitz Movies, Tues Apr 20, 7:30 pm

-- The 11th Annual Polish Film Festival, April 20 - May 2

-- The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, April 20 - 25

-- BARAKA in 70mm, at the American Cinematheque at the Aero, Thurs, April 22, 7:30 PM

-- INTERSECTIONS: POETRY/FILM, The UCLA Film & Television Archive, in association with Los Angeles Filmforum, Sat, April 24, 7:30 pm and Sun April 25, 7:00 pm

-- South-East European Film Festival, April 29-May 3

Hammer Screenings
Open Projector Night
At the UCLA Hammer Museum
Tuesday April 6, 7:30 pm

MCs: The Sklar Brothers More showdown than showcase, the Hammer's previous Open Projector Nights have delighted and confounded rowdy audiences. Whether roughly hewn or pristinely polished, films and videos of all genres have garnered praise and wrath alike. Will yours earn a fantastic prize, or will it be voted off? Not for the thin-skinned! Films under 10 minutes only. Free popcorn and cash bar. Submissions begin at 7PM and are first come, first served.

Films under 10 minutes only. Free popcorn and cash bar! Submissions begin at 7PM and are first come, first served.

Accepted media formats:
Mini DV & Mini HDV
Super 8mm, 8mm, and 16mm film

About the MCs:
Comedian identical twins Jason and Randy Sklar have appeared in television shows such as Entourage, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Law & Order, and VH1's I Love the 80s. They formerly hosted the show Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic, which came to an end in 2006 after four seasons. They currently write and appear in a comedic segment called "The Bracket" on ESPN's SportsCenter.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Seating is 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.
Frederick Wiseman: Meat
April 8, 2010, 8:30 pm

Presented in partnership with the USC Roski School of Fine Arts MFA Program

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has created a body of work that offers a grand panorama of American life, studying human and institutional behavior in all their contradictory and unpredictable manifestations. In Meat (1976), Wiseman tracks the workings of a highly automated packing plant, illustrating important points and problems in the production, transportation, logistics, equipment design and labor management that turns cattle and sheep into consumer goods.

The evening will be introduced by Josh Siegel, The Museum of Modern Art's Associate Curator in the Department of Film. Siegel has organized more then eighty exhibitions, including The Lodz Film School of Poland: 50 Years; To Save and Project: The MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation; and retrospectives devoted to artists/filmmakers including Jeanne Moreau, Nicholas Ray, Oskar Fischinger, Ken Jacobs, John Frankenheimer, Errol Morris, and the current, 2010 focus on the films of Frederick Wiseman.

Thursday, April 8 - 8PM
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N Alvarado St. (@ Sunset Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA. 90026 | (213) 484 - 8846 |

Film collector Russell Harnden is back with another screening of GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES, a film series devoted to obscure and outdated ephemeral films drawn from his personal collection of cartoons, educational, and industrial films. A sampling of these wonderful films from the 40's, 50's, and 60's will be pulled from the vault and screened during an evening that's sure to stimulate your mind and make you chuckle at the same time. Join us and watch as an entire community tries to "get along" underground (`OCCUPYING A PUBLIC SHELTER"), a kid with an attitude searches for gainful employment ("HOW TO KEEP A JOB"), and you'll be amazed at how the future of telecommunications is boldly predicted ("TALKING OF TOMORROW"). There will be many more great titles as well. Taken VERY seriously when these films were made, today they now serve as campy, nostalgic reminders of a simpler time. So be sure to join us for a fun and "educational" evening! COLLECTOR RUSS HARNDEN IN ATTENDANCE!

Cin108 Gwanju Series Continues April 8th, 7:00 pm
Cinematheque 108
USC School of Cinematic Arts

This is just a friendly reminder that Cinematheque108 will continue this Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 pm with a screening of The Old Garden (2006), the third installment of a series of four Korean films dealing with the Gwanju Massacre. As always, the screenings are free and open to the public, and take place in SCA 108.
at the UCLA Film & Television Archive
April 9-19

A popular Romanian joke compares the Romanian pessimist who moans, "Things couldn't possibly get worse," with the optimist who insists, "Yes, they can!" The witticism pithily evokes characteristic ironies of the country's recent cinema. Fueled by a powerhouse of young talents who came of age during and after the Revolution of 1989, recent Romanian film, lauded for its austerity, dark humor and engagement with the Communist past, has garnered numerous top prizes at international festivals while at home, a paucity of movie screens and a glut of foreign films stall the development of a domestic audience for Romanian film. But the country's international success against such odds is as dramatic as the films themselves, bespeaking a compelling fervor for cinema that is evident in this selection of recent festival favorites.

IN PERSON: Filmmakers Ioana Uricaru (April 2), Nae Caranfil (April 11) and actor Jamie Elman (April 18). Friday April 9 2010, 7:30PM

(2007, Romania/Germany/Luxembourg) Directed by Alexandru Solomon and Catalin Cristutiu
(2005, Germany/Romania) Directed by Florin Iepan

Sunday April 11 2010, 7:00PM*
(2007, Romania) Directed by Nae Caranfil

Friday April 16 2010, 7:30PM
(2008, Romania/Germany) Directed by Thomas Ciulei
(2008, Romania/Spain) Directed by Andrei Dascalescu

Sunday April 18 2010, 7:00PM*
(2007, Romania) Directed by Cristian Nemescu

Monday April 19 2010, 7:30PM
(2007, Romania) Directed by Cristian Mungiu
Saturday, April 10 - 8 PM
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N Alvarado St. (@ Sunset Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA. 90026 | (213) 484 - 8846 |

Join us for a very special evening as we rummage through the archive to bring you a double header of experimental folk music and films. Our journey will travel through the depths of Centerville, Texas to the heart of Los Angeles in 1967, exploring strange portraits of American musicians, moments of joyful discoveries, and stories about the blues. Come for short films by Les Blank (Gap Toothed Women, Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers) and stay for the music, with a live set from The 1921A, featuring a screaming banjo and songs inspired by the old that sound nothing but the new. Not to be missed!

Close-Up dir by Abbas Kiarostami
Saturday April 10 @ 7:30pm
611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510

If a documentary that relies on recreation goes beyond just recreating -- then what exactly is Close-Up? Famed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami attempts to solve this mystery with remarkable precision, and yet tantalizingly raises more questions than answers with this unique and fascinating film. The stranger-than-fiction narrative follows a lowly grifter who cons an entire family into thinking he's Mohsen Makhmalbaf (another famous director); after he cheats them out of the "budget for his next film", he lands in jail and catches the attention of Kiarostami, who appears in the film as himself to recreate the true story -- using the real people whom it happened to. Cast in the finespun neo-realism that has garnered Kiarostami such international reverence, Close-Up's dizzying layers of meta manage to make the film also be its own making-of, guiding the viewer through all the mirrored, tortured chambers of a soul caught by cinema. We proudly present Close-Up in a brand-new restored 35mm print!

Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1990, 35mm, 100 min.
Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
April 10-25
Los Angeles Filmforum presents JULIE MURRAY: Slight Movements
Sunday April 11, 2010, 7:30 pm
At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles

Advance Tickets available at:

One of the highlights of 2004 for us was our evening with Julie Murray, thrilling us with the delicate experiments and natural wonders of her films and videos, astonishing at every turn. They sustain with a meticulous interweaving of found and original footage and dynamic cinematic manipulations. And then she charms the hell out of us with her expertise and Irish brogue. Filmforum is delighted to host again one of the finest filmmakers of today.

Special Thanks to Cal Arts and REDCAT for making this screening possible.
Program subject to slight changes, like those of a slime mold moving or ice melting.

DETROIT PARK (2004, digital video, 6 mins)
UNTITLED (light) (2002, 16mm, sound, color, 4.5 mins)
Fl.Oz (2003, 16mm, silent, 7 min.)
ELEMENTS (2008, 16mm, sound, 7 mins)
YSBRYD (2008, digital video, 8 mins)
Sublimation: Warm Cool (1970s, 10 min)
MICROMOTH. (2000, 16mm, sound, 6 mins. )
CONSCIOUS (1993, 16mm, silent, 9 mins)
DELIQUIUM (2004, 16mm, sound, 15 mins (but represents 8oo years))
Wednesday, April 14, 8:00 pm

NewTown, Los Angeles Filmforum & Cinefamily Present:
Blast Phemy! #3
A Mid-week Music/Media Mashup!

At Cinefamily . 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Phone: 323-655-2510

Featuring Three Incredible Musical and Media Performances for your Listening and Viewing Pleasure!
Rick Bahto, multi-projector 8mm & Luciano Chessa, composer/performer
Eve Beglarian, composer & Anne Bray, video & harpist, Susie Allen
Jim Ovelmen, animation and banjo

Tickets $13 general; $9 for Cinefamily, Filmforum, and NewTown members.
Advance purchase recommended, available at:

Our third show in the ongoing Blast Phemy! series features outstanding musical soloists performing new, cutting-edge works seamlessly melded with a spectrum of media styles, including video montage, 3D animation and multi-projector 8mm film! We've got a collaboration between 8mm gunslinger Rick Bahto (who's exhibited at venues like MoMA, the San Francisco Cinematheque and Director's Lounge in Berlin) and composer/performer Luciano Chessa (who's an expert at both the Vietnamese dan bau and the musical saw.) Another of the evening's collaborations is a meeting of the minds between video artist Anne Bray and postminimalist composer Eve Beglarian, with a live performance by harpist Susie Allen -- and finally, we also have a live collision between animation and banjo(!), delivered by psychedelic specialist Jim Ovelmen.

Underground Films & Termite Art: A Tribute to Manny Farber
April 16 - April 30

LACMA pays tribute to painter, carpenter, professor and critic Manny Farber (1917-2008) with a film series honoring his eclectic, all-inclusive taste. From his start in the '40s at The New Republic and The Nation onto a short stint in Time replacing James Agee and columns in magazines ranging from men's monthly Cavalier to Artforum, Farber wrote on film with unprecedented verve. His language was just as vividly figurative-In Cold Blood is "slablike" while Lee Marvin has a "Planter's Peanut head" in Point Blank-as his observations were unconventional. Perhaps his best-known piece of writing, 1962's "White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art," finds him praising film work with "no ambitions towards gilt culture" and defined by "forward eating [of] its own boundaries... [It] leaves nothing in its path other than the sins of eager, industrious, unkempt activity."

Of course Farber himself was likely the greatest of these termite artists. His cinematic interests ranged from the unpretentious pictures of "male action" directors like Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawks, Anthony Mann, and William Wellman (singled out by Farber long before they became fodder for auteur theories in Paris and London) to North American experimental film (Warhol, Snow), European art cinema (Jean-Luc Godard, Marguerite Duras, Werner Herzog) and all sorts of ephemera in between.

Though he stopped publishing works on film in the late 1970s-much of it collected in the influential anthology Negative Space (first published in 1971, expanded in 1998)-he continued producing and exhibiting works of art-with one-man shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Larry Gagosian Gallery-and teaching as part of the Visual Arts faculty at the University of California San Diego. With his complete, published film writings finally available in an impressive Library of America volume and this five-night, six-decade-spanning retrospective, Manny Farber is out from the underground.

Especially note April 17, 5:00, with Michael Snow's WAVELENGTH; Hold me while I'm Naked 1966/color/15 min./16mm | Dir: George Kuchar; A Corner in Wheat 1909/b&w/16 min./16mm | Dir: D.W. Griffith; In the Street 1948/b&w/16 min./16mm | Dir: James Agee, Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb

April 16 7:30 PM Me and My Gal
April 16 9:10 PM Band of Outsiders
April 17 5:00 PM Wavelength
April 17 7:30 PM A Tribute to Manny Farber
April 17 9:00 PM Routine Pleasures
April 23 7:30 PM Christmas in July
April 23 8:45 PM The Exterminating Angel
April 24 5:00 PM India Song
April 24 7:30 PM Scarface
April 24 9:15 PM The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser (aka Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
April 30 7:30 PM Voyage to Italy
April 30 9:15 PM On Dangerous Ground
Sunday April 18, 2010, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents Stephanie Barber: Little Presents
At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles

Laden and light, with ideas and technology and analogy and analogue essences, whimsical manipulations of time and text, suffused with the emotional heft needed for these heart-wrenching, media mad times, the works of Stephanie Barber are among the most unique and delightful being produced these days. We've lucky to have her in Los Angeles for a night of a West Coast jaunt from Baltimore. Don't miss this rare opportunity to explore these films and converse with the artist about them. or let them play in your dreams for the weeks to follow.

Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors with ID; free for Filmforum members
Advance tickets at:

"Stephanie Barber . . . has one of the most original visions to emerge recently from the diverse experimental film scene. Deceptively simple at first, her work is unique in the way it alters and even suspends time." - The Chicago Reader

"[Stephanie Barber's films] can feel like highly formal exercises in film language made by a profoundly restless mind, playing image and sound off each other and forcing you to locate implied meanings on your own. Others are both silly and oddly engaging, involving puppets mundanely discussing pressing metaphysical concerns. And others calmly and almost imperceptibly sweep you up in the genuine breadth of their emotional wake." - Bret McCabe at The Baltimore City Paper

flower, the boy, the librarian (1996, 16mm, 6 min.)
they invented machines (1997 16mm 7 min)
shipfilm (1998, 16mm, 3 min.)
metronome (1997, 16mm, 8 min.)
letters, notes (1997, 16mm, 6 min.)
little present (for my friend columbus the explorer) (1999, 16mm, 3 min.)
total power, dead dead dead (2005, 16mm, 3 min)
catalog (2005, 16 mm, 11 min.)

dwarfs the sea (2007, dv, 7 min)
the visit and the play (2008, mini dv, 8 min)
the inversion, transcription, evening track and attractor (2008, mini dv, 13 min)
to the horse dream of arms (2010, DV, 5 min)

Stephanie Barber is a multi media artist who creates meticulously crafted, odd and imaginative writing, films and videos as well as performance pieces which incorporate music, literature and video. She has had numerous screenings of her film and video work including solo shows at MoMA, NY, Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Bio Penrepo Prague, Close-Up Video, London and The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Her films and videos have also been included in screenings at The New York Film Festival, Film Festival Rotterdam, The Cinematheque Francaise, The London International Film Festival, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Proekt Fabrika and the State Contemporary Art Centre (both in Moscow), The San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art and The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art among others.

Her performances have been featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Museum of Art, The Haggerty Museum of Art and galleries and artspaces around the world. Her most recent video/performance piece, in the jungle, premiered in May 2009 at The Stone, NYC, and has recently screened at Los Solos in Baltimore in Chicago for the closing night of the Chicago Underground Film Festival and will screen at the San Francisco Cinematheque and DC Center for the Arts in the spring of 2010.

For the screenings at the Egyptian Theater:
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.

April 19, 2010, 8:30 pm
Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break with Exit
Los Angeles theatrical premieres

"Lunch Break and Exit will remain not only as a high point in the history of experimental film, but a significant moment in the representation of American labor." Senses of Cinema

In her new series on the state of American labor, artist and filmmaker Sharon Lockhart turns her meditative gaze to workers at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. Lunch Break (2008, 80 min., HD) revisits cinema's second-greatest invention after the close-up: the tracking shot. In one long, sensuous, uninterrupted take, the film moves through a factory corridor where workers linger while on their lunch break. The camera "tracks down," literally, the minute, humble signs of humanity, captured at such a quotidian level that the viewer cannot help but be moved to the core. In the confines of an industrial setting, imperfect bodies unfold as sculptures in time as Lockhart's evocative soundscape, designed with filmmaker James Benning and composer Becky Allen, extends from the drone of machinery to Led Zeppelin. Lunch Break is followed by the companion film Exit (2008, 41 min., HD), in which Lockhart reverses the gaze, with a fixed camera and a nod to Lumière.

In person: Sharon Lockhart
City of Lights, City of Angels
A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood
April 19-25
Tuesday April 20, 2010, 7:30 pm

UCLA Melnitz Movies, Los Angeles Filmforum, and UCLA's Ludus present
Avant-Game: Video game-based experimental short films

Melnitz Movies, Los Angeles Filmforum, and the student gaming organization Ludus proudly present a program of video game based experimental shorts. Expanding the boundaries of machinima, each of these works appropriates content from a game such as Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft, or Tomb Raider and re-contextualizes it, commenting on issues of gender or militarism, identity or representation. (Machinima is the use of real-time three-dimensional (3-D) graphics rendering engines to generate computer animation. - wikipedia)

Alternately playful and contemplative, these pieces collectively illustrate the ever-growing diversity of possibilities created by this still-young source of found footage.

What: Melnitz Movies presents Avant-game
When: Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Where: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA

FREE tickets are available at the Melnitz box office the day of the screening one hour before show time and are given out on a first come, first serve basis, one ticket per person.

Films to be screened:
The Game by Tasman Richardson (2007, DVCam, 4 min)
She Puppet by Peggy Ahwesh (2001, VHS, 15 min)
Stranger Comes to Town by Jacqueline Goss (2007, betaSP, 28 min)
Driven by Scott Stark (2005, miniDV, 10 min)
windshield baby gameboy movie by Clint Enns (2009, DVCam, 2 min)
And We All Shine On by Michael Robinson (2006, 16mm, 7 min)
Last Days in a Lonely Place by Phil Solomon (2007, DVCam, 22 min)
Total running time: 88 minutes
The 11th Annual Polish Film Festival
April 20 - May 2
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
April 20 - 25
Earth Day 70mm Print! BARAKA
Thursday, April 22 - 7:30 PM
American Cinematheque at the Aero
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

Earth Day 70mm Print! BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. Inspired by the Sufi word meaning "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe -- shot in 24 countries on five continents -- from director-cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYAANISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70mm images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. Trailer Discussion following with producer Mark Magidson and director Ron Fricke (schedule permitting)

Saturday, April 24, 7:30 pm and Sunday April 25, 7:00 pm

The UCLA Film & Television Archive, in association with Los Angeles Filmforum, presents

At the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Innovative filmmakers searching for new cinematic forms have frequently turned to poetry as a source of inspiration and to poets themselves as collaborators. In the 1960s and 70s, in particular, especially with respect to the Beat poets, it became clear that poetry and avant-garde film, both together and in parallel, had achieved a major evolution of visual and written language which continues to fuel popular and artistic culture today. As the UCLA campus welcomes the 2010 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Archive presents two nights of films exploring the intersection of mid-century poets and filmmakers and the casual, humorous and often rigorous cross-pollinization between these artists of the page and screen.

Filmforum members can get two tickets for the price of one to either of these screenings, only available at the door, not in advance.

Tickets $10
Advance purchase and full notes:

Program curated by Timoleon Wilkins.


DIR: Shirley Clarke.

Preceded by
(1974-1980, 16mm, color, 40 min.)
DIR: John Luther Schofill.


VISIONS OF A CITY (1957-1978, 16mm, b/w, 8 min.)
DIR: Larry Jordan.

ADVENTURES OF JIMMY (1950, 16mm, b/w, 11 min.)
DIR: James Broughton

THE WATER CIRCLE (1975, 16mm, color, 3 min.)
DIR: James Broughton

IN BETWEEN (1955, 16mm, color, 10 min.)
DIR: Stan Brakhage

KINO DA! (1981, 16mm, b/w, 4 min.)
DIR: Henry Hills

NOTES ON THE PORT OF ST FRANCIS (1952, 16mm, b/w, 22 min.)
DIR: Frank Stauffacher

GEOGRAPHY OF THE BODY (1943, 16mm, b/w, 7 min.)
DIR: Willard Maas

The Museum is located at the northeast corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards in Westwood Village, 3 blocks east of the 405 freeway's Wilshire Boulevard exit.

Parking at the Museum is $3; entrance on Westwood Blvd.
South-East European Film Festival
April 29-May 3

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