Monday, March 14, 2011

FilmForum screenings

If you haven't seen them yet, try to check out the screening of Tom Chomont films tonight at the UCLA FIlm & Television Archive.
The program focuses on newly restored prints of Chomont's early 16mm work—including Love Objects (1971) and Phases of the Moon (1968)—but also includes more recent digital works like Fluctuations (2005) and Storm Warning (2008). The films were restored as part of the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation.
IN PERSON: Jim Hubbard, filmmaker, activist, curator; Ross Lipman, UCLA senior film preservationist.
Program info here: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/calendar/calendardetails.aspx?details_type=2&id=441#screening_1566
Event flyer here: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/pdf/UCLATomChomont1.pdf

And then on Sunday come to Filmforum for a great collection of films from Canada!

Sunday March 13, 2011, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Images of Nature, or The Nature of the Image: Canadian Artists at Work
Introduced by Irina Leimbacher; Filmmaker Ellie Epp in person!

At the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd. (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028

Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members
Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/158012

Spanning four decades of Canadian experimental cinema, tonight's program is comprised of work visually and viscerally engaged with the natural world. Made by artists from or living in Canada, these films and video employ an array of aesthetic strategies and image technologies to depict nature while simultaneously exploring the nature of the cinematic image. They include photograms of natural objects as well as a reprise of the first filmed images ever shot in Canada and range from quiet and slow contemplations to multi-layered and optically printed frenzies. While some investigate Canadian landscapes with intensity and proximity, others explore the animal or the animated with ironic distance. With passion, intensity and humor, film artists David Rimmer, Ellie Epp, Richard Kerr, John Price, Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Daichi Saito, and Emily Vey Duke, and Cooper Battersby offer us provocative visions of this land they call home.—Irina Leimbacher

Guest curator Irina Leimbacher was invited by the CFMDC (Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre) to survey their catalogue of approximately 3000 films to create programs for Canadian and international presentation as part of its newly launched International Curatorial Residency Program: Avant-Garde Canada; Curating The CFMDC Collection. CFMDC would like to acknowledge the full support of the Canada Council For The Arts for funding this project initiative.

Light Magic (Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, 2001, 3 mins, Color, 16mm).
"Light Magic" utilizes and examines one of the earliest photographic processes, discovered at the birth of the photographic medium: the photogram. This technique combines science and art in order to record the process of transformation. Images created through this technique are traces of light that pass through each object, leaving their mark on the film surface. Photograms bring both the maker and the viewer closer to the object, thus revealing its essence - that neither the naked eye nor the camera lens could see.
More on Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof : http://www.cfmdc.org/catalogue/filmmaker/1639

View of the Falls from the Canadian Side (John Price, 2006, 7 mins, Silent, Color/B&W, 35mm)
A film commissioned by The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto for its Film is Dead - Long Live Film omnibus project. In 1896, William Heise photographed the first 35mm motion picture images of Canada at Niagara Falls. The 4 perforation camera system he used was designed and built by Thomas Edison and William K. Dickson. The stock was manufactured by George Eastman to Edisons' specifications. This film was photographed using the same essential technology and is dedicated to the visionary ideas of those pioneers.
Article on the film by Genevieve Yue: http://filmdiary.org/genevieve%20yue.html

Migration (David Rimmer, 1969, 11 mins, B&W, 16mm)
"A re-discovery of the energy, menace or beauty of things one may have passed many times before." Andreas Schroeder, "Movies: Producers Rate Top Honours.", Province, September 1969.
More on David Rimmer: http://www.davidrimmerfilm.com

Notes in Origin (Ellie Epp, 1987, 15 mins, Color, Silent, 16mm)
"a quiet classic of the Canadian fringe, returns us to Northern Alberta where Epp grew up and presents us with ten shots of the land—shots which resonate with a stillness that places us strongly in relationship to the act of seeing." – Early monthly Segments, Toronto

Plein Air (Richard Kerr, 1991, 20 mins, Color, 16mm)
This abstract travelogue flies just over the surface of the Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario. "Plein Air" is an engrossing sonic and visual trip and a continuation of Kerr's fascination with landscape cinema.
More on Richard Kerr: http://tiff.net/CANADIANFILMENCYCLOPEDIA/content/bios/richard-kerr

Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (Daichi Saito, 2009, 10 mins, Color, 35mm)
Entirely hand-processed, Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis, with contrapuntal violin by Malcolm Goldstein, is a poem of vision and sound that seeks perceptual insights and revelation through a syntactical structure based on patterns, variations and repetition. – International Film Festival Rotterdam
Watch an excerpt:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJOvr-KBd2E

Beauty Plus Pity (Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, 2009, 14 mins, Color, digital video)
Best of Festival Award 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival
"Presented in seven parts, Beauty Plus Pity considers the potential for goodness amidst the troubled relations between God, humanity, animals, parents and children...(it) contemplates the shame and beauty of existence; it is part apologia, part call to arms." —D&B

Total running time: 80 mins

Irina Leimbacher is an independent film curator and teaches film studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

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.

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. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.

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