Avant – AZ!! Experimental Media from TUCSON

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Our Third annual showcase of experimental media from Tucson! Come see a burgeoning blowout of homespun excellence ranging from experimental animation to music videos to poetic meditations to multi-screen video performance. Featuring several premieres and including the work of: Nika Kaiser, Eli Burke, Isamar Molina, Heather Gray, Adam Cooper-Terán, Cáit Ní Síomón, Andrew Shuta, Wylwyn Reyes, Hellen Gaudence, Andrew Brown, Dorota Zglobicka, Carolina Maki, Ringo Boomschlicka, Sam Angiulo, Bruce Caffrey, Gary Setzer, Igloo Martian, Jonathan Marquis, PsycMAP, James Gipe, Juan Carlos Barrera Romero, Bijoyini Chatterjee, Tiny Invisibility & more!

SAT 5/7
Avant – AZ!!
Experimental Media from TUCSON

18 Avant AZ

Our Third annual showcase of experimental media from Tucson! Come see a burgeoning blowout of homespun excellence ranging from experimental animation to music videos to poetic meditations to multi-screen video performance. Featuring several premieres and including the work of: Gary Setzer, Eli Burke, Isamar Molina, Heather Gray, Adam Cooper-Terán, Cáit Ní Síomón, Andrew Shuta, Wylwyn Reyes, Hellen Gaudence, Andrew Brown, Dorota Zglobicka, Carolina Maki, Ringo Boomschlicka, Sam Angiulo, Bruce Caffrey, Gary Setzer, Igloo Martian, Jonathan Marquis, PsycMAP, James Grip, Karima Walker, Abril Castillo, Tiny Invisibility & more!

Zbig Rybczyński : A Visionary Life of Images and Technology

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(Filmmaker Zbig Rybczyński in person)

Zbig Rybczyński (pronounced Rib-CHIN-ski) is a pioneering video artist who has consistently realized visually stunning and technologically groundbreaking works of cinema over the last forty years. Rybczyński was born in Poland in 1949 and graduated from the Lodz Film School; he has worked as a film director in Europe and the United States, making acclaimed art films (Steps, Tango, KAFKA) and was an early innovator of music video (Art of Noise, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff, Pet Shop Boys, Lou Reed).  Rybczyński recently relocated to a ranch near Tucson where he is building a new, high technology cinematography studio. This evening’s event will be will consist of a presentation of highlights of Rybczyński’s wide body of media production, a documentary on his advanced cinematic compositing studio that was recently built in Poland and a conversation with the artist.

WED 4/27
Zbig Rybczyński : A Visionary Life of Images and Technology

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(Filmmaker, Zbig Rybczyński in person)

Zbig Rybczyński (pronounced Rib-CHIN-ski) is a pioneering video artist who has consistently realized visually stunning and technologically groundbreaking works of cinema over the last forty years. Rybczyński was born in Poland in 1949 and graduated from the Lodz Film School; he has worked as a film director in Europe and the United States, making acclaimed art films (Steps, Tango, KAFKA) and was an early innovator of music video (Art of Noise, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff, Pet Shop Boys, Lou Reed).  Rybczyński recently relocated to a ranch near Tucson where he is building a new, high technology cinematography studio. This evening’s event will be will consist of a presentation of highlights of Rybczyński’s wide body of media production, a documentary on his advanced cinematic compositing studio that was recently built in Poland and a rare opportunity to participate in a conversation with the artist.

STARWOMAN/STARMAN: Dangerous Minds & Pantylines Clif Taylor + Jess Holzworth

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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 ranging from Beck, Black Bananas, M.I.A., and Deep Valley. These and more of Holzworth’s videos will be screened tonight. Second half of the show features meticulous historian Clif Taylor/Chick Cashman, dragged through the ashes of glam hell, in live discussion on the essence of rock and roll presenting 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!

WED 4/13
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STARMAN: Dangerous Minds & Pantylines- Clif Taylor + Jess Holzworth

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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!

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 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.

“Your Camera is Making My Life Difficult” and other filmic misadventures by Nina Fonoroff and Eva Hayward

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(Filmmakers in person)

Since the early eighties, Experimental filmmaker Nina Fonoroff (New Mexico) has created some of the most haunting, incisive and poetically beautiful investigations of the psyche known to personal cinema. Writes Fonoroff, “Mainly a visual artist who “happened into” film, I consider my work a hybrid of collage, painting, musical composition from sampled sound and cinema. Though I begin work on a film with a rough plan, the process remains fluid, indeterminate: partly a matter of calculation and planning, partly of serendipitous discovery. This evening, Fonoroff presents several short pieces including a new film, Ursule, featuring performances by Eva Hayward (poet, scholar, and professor). As their altered selves— ingénue Clarissa and her Auntie Hortense—-the two present a series of moving images and audio collages that mark their nearly 15 years as sometime collaborators.

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.