WED 4/6
Revolution is Only a Beginning: the Zanzibar films of Pierre Clémenti

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(Artist, Olivier Mosset in Person)

Between 1968 and 1970 under the banner of “Zanzibar Films” (a name taken from the Maoist island nation in East Africa), a decidedly informal collective of about a dozen artists, writers, pushed cinema beyond the current practice/aesthetics of French New Wave cinema. The Zanzibar films were marked by minimal scripts, the use of non-actors and improvisation, and strong ties to both the art world and the world of fashion. Pierre Clémenti’s La Revolution N’est Qu’un Debut: Continuous (The Revolution is only a Beginning: Let’s Continue) records the tumultuous period leading up to May 1968 and its aftermath. Clémenti’s psychedelic visual style uses filters and superimposed images to create a manifesto for “permanent revolution,” “spontaneous creation,” and “poetry in the streets.” New Old was a radically collaged filmic diary of Clémenti’s life and professional acting for leading European directors of the time including Buñuel, Bertolucci, Pasolini, and Visconti. This evening will feature a conversation with artist and original Zanzibar collective member Olivier Mosset on both Clémenti’s and Zanzibar’s legacy.

WED 3/30
The Delicate Prey: The Life and Work of Paul Bowles

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EV associate programmer, Carl Hanni presents an evening dedicated to the remarkable work of the expatriate writer, composer, ethnomusicologist and reluctant counter culture figure Paul Bowles. Bowles spent several decades living in Tangier, Morocco, while writing such now famous novels like “The Sheltering Sky” and “The Spider’s House,” while also hosting William S. Burroughs and other notorious literary outlaw figures. The evening will include a talk on his life and work, selections of music he recorded in Morocco, brief readings by Billy Sedlmayr  & John Melillo and accompanied by a screening of a fascinating documentary on Bowles.

WED 3/23
Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain w/ live music by Jeff Lownsbury & Connor Gallaher

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Just in time for un-Easter, EV presents Alejandro Jodorowsky’s phenomenal filmic tale of occult psychedelic wonders! A scandal when first released in 1973, The Holy Mountain is a dazzling visual feast of ritual and symbol, an often sublime and grotesque satire on consumerism, militarism and the exploitation of third world cultures by the West.  Augmenting the film’s original Don Cherry soundtrack this film with be re-scored live with improvisational sonic interventions from Tucson sound wizards Jeff Lownsbury & Connor Gallaher (both of The Night Collectors). Come blow your mind and raise your eyes/ears/soul to the heavens!!

WED 3/16
IMMIGRANT INVERSIONS: Lynne Sachs’ Your Day is My Night

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(Filmmaker, Lynne Sachs in person)

Through twenty-five years of ever-active filmmaking, Brooklyn-based Lynne Sachs has developed a unique, personally expressive body of speculative documentary that is rich with empathy, placing the intimate experiences of individuals and families in the context of world events and global history. Her recent Your Day Is My Night portrays the lives of immigrants living in “shift-bed” apartments in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown, homes that are shared by multiple families and which form tightly interconnected multi-generational communities. Working in close collaboration with a group of Chinatown residents for one-and-a-half years, varied interviews and conversations gave way to an improvisatory film script resulting in a deeply moving film in which these non-actors portray themselves in intimately re-created performances of domestic life.

WED 3/9
ORNETTE COLEMAN TRIBUTE: Shirley Clarke’s Ornette: Made in America

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Ornette: Made in America captures Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. The film focuses on the struggles and triumphs of Ornette Coleman’s life as well as on the inspired intelligence that spawned his creativity and ensured his success. Experimental pioneer, Shirley Clarke’s film explores the rhythms, images and myths of America seen through they eyes of an artist’s ever-expanding imagination and experience.

TUES 3/1
BASMA ALSHARIF : Home Away from Home

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(Filmmaker, Basma Alsharif in person)
Artist Basma Alsharif comes to EV to present a special program of her single-channel exprimental video works! Basma is an Artist/Filmmaker of Palestinian origin born in Kuwait, raised between France and the US. She developed her practice nomadically between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, and the Gaza Strip. Basma’s work centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments and history. Home Away from Home presents a selection of Alsharif’s work that delves into that abyss of the idea of home. Obliterating any domestic idea of such a place, the program moves between the soporific, apathetic and psychedelic.

WED 2/24
FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (times) FOUR!!! (Live Sound / Silent Cinema)

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Tonight in conjunction with Tucson’s Big Read Connects, EV presents the most avant-garde film interpretation of an Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, The Fall of the House of Usher. Made in Los Angeles in 1928 by James Watson & Melville Webber this rarely screened black & white American expressionist horror masterpiece will be scored four times by 4 amazing Tucson musicians/bands. Featuring sound & text from Algae & Tentacles, Lousie LeHir + Annie Dolan, Carbon Canyon, and Robert Villa. Come for the love of Poe, music and musical experimentation!

SAT 2/20
ERIC SCHLAPPI’S Poseidonis

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with Skincage + Igloo Martian + sunfucked + Lunar Halo (featuring Nik & Grant of the Myrrors)

This show will a be a album release performance of Schlappi’s entire epic sound suite Poseidonis with accompanying live visuals.

Schlappi says “It’s from a story by Clark Ashton Smith. Poseidonis is basically Atlantis. Smith was influenced by Madame Blavatsky who was a medium around the same time as Aleister Crowley and wrote a lot about Atlantis and unearthed secret histories of the occult. “ Featuring the heavy sounds and wild manifestations of Tucson’s DIY expanded NOISE community!

WED 2/17
RADICAL FEMINIST CINEMA!
Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

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Tonight EV pays tribute to recently departed pioneer feminist/lesbian filmmaker Belgian filmmaker Chantel Akerman (1950-2015) with a screening of her epic first feature film, Jeanne Dielman. At almost 3 hours and meticulously detailed, this film has a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow (Delphine Seyrig) whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman’s minimalist film encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades. (201 minutes)