The oldest surviving animated feature film and based upon based on the ancient stories “The Arabian Nights.”The Ådventures of Prince Åchmed is a 1926 German animated fairytale feature film by Lotte Reiniger. A handsome prince with a flying horse befriends a witch, meets Aladdin, and battles demons to win a princess. The film features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented; the technique she used for the camera is similar to Wayang shadow puppets, though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action.Micheal Henderson, Margaret McClelland, Stefanos Kokranis, Jillian LaCrux, and Kyle Bert join Scott Kerr in accompanying this marvelous film!
Seven brilliant and controversial women filmmakers were invited to direct for this the 1986 omnibus, Seven Women, Seven Sins: Helke Sander (Gluttony), Bette Gordon (Greed), Maxi Cohen (Anger), Chantal Akerman (Sloth), Valie Export (Lust), Laurence Gavron (Envy), and Ulrike Ottinger (Pride). Each filmmaker had the opportunity of choosing a sin to interpret as they wished. The final film reflected this diversity, including traditional narrative fiction, experimental video, musicals, and radical documentary. Opening the show, Burning Palms breathes haunting new life into Mary Pickford’s 1910 silent film What the Daisy Said with a live score commissioned by the Mary Pickford Foundation.
EV opens our 4th year of experimental film and music programming with a performance by San Francisco based Douglas Katelus who is touring with his films and a 1960’s Hammond A100 Organ and a Leslie speaker! He will be screening his 16mm film & slide piece Keep Film Dead along with his take on Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother”. Electric wizard Eric Schlappi will play live to PsycMAP’s music video of his epic Poseidonis. Local ambient trailblazer (& Chick Magnet founder!) LANO teams up with Gabriella Molina presenting delights of sound & light!!
8pm, all ages, $10
Norwegian noise – rock pioneers Årabrot are just coming back to the US and Exploded View in May!! After a killer show last year at EV, they are touring in support of their new release The Gospel . The new album The Gospel was recorded partly with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and partly in an old church in the woods of Dalarna, Sweden. Ted Parsons, Stephen O’malley and Erlend Hjelvik (Kvelertak) are some of the musicians contributing on this album along with noise-lord Lasse Marhaug and Andrew Liles (Currant 93/Nurse With Wound) who’s occasionally played live with the band. Local Black Metal mavens Chronovorus will support this ear/mind altering event.
Documentary film & La Merma LIVE!!
This show is a tribute to the passion & history of the venerable Sonoran (MX) punk rock band La Merma!! Opening the night is a screening of Tino Valera’s 2010 documentary La merma, 15 años de camino (The Decline 15 Years Down the Road ) which documents one of the most important punk rock bands on the northern border of Mexico and testifies to their history and outrageous journey of life in a city (Nogales, Sonora ) that “at times seems to vanish” . Three albums, numerous members and fifteen years down the road, this film is a window into the events that moved a generation hungry for identity. The second half of this evening features La Merma’s shouting out the truth and performing live and loud at EV!
Probing into the deep psyche of music, fame and film this evening poses two exceptional in-person artist’s forays and genius spins on the infinite iterations of Rock & Roll. Jess Holzworth is a visual artist & video maker who employs her hyper-collage aesthetic to the making of stunning music videos for bands including Beck, Black Bananas, M.I.A., and Deep Valley. These and more of Holzworth’s videos will be screened tonight. Next, join meticulous historian Clif Taylor/Chick Cashman, dragged through the ashes of glam hell, in live discussion on the essence of rock and roll- a cosmological montage and performance manifesto, preaching + playing cosmic cowboy bullshit all while weaving a web between Cassavetes’ Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Bewitched and high heels ad infinitum!
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!!
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.
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!