Wed 4/23
Benjamin Smoke

{EXTREME SOUTHERN CULTURE part 4}

WED.  4/23 * @7:30

Carl’s Cine Club

Filmed over ten years and released in 2000, Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen’s film, Benjamin Smoke documents the tortured life and career of the Atlanta based musician Robert Dickerson, aka Benjamin Smoke. Dickerson was a drug addicted, HIV positive gay misfit who died in 1991, and who fronted several local underground bands, including Smoke and the Opal Foxx Quartet. Filmed largely in and around the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, the film profiles an artist who literally gave it all for his art.

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[SPACE OF SURVEILLANCE] Michael Klier’s The Giant (Der Riese)

co-sponsored by U of A German Studies

Comprised entirely of material generated by surveillance cameras, Der Riese is a rhapsodic but ominous work depicting the world with a cold mechanical spirit. That nothing can escape the chill stare of surveillance is only the starting point of Klier’s tape. People come and go in public places-parks, department stores, banks, airports- like lifeless ciphers, unaware of the authoritarian stare of the camera. The flattened field of vision, black-and-white imagery, and sterile quality of the technology make the inhabitants of Der Riese emptied shadows. Lyrically constructed sequences unfold to the strains of Mahler and Wagner, adding an almost heroic mood to this dark work.

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THE LIVES OF COPPER: China Town by Lucy Raven

Artist Lucy Raven in person!

Over 7,000 photographs edited together create this experimental video that documents the global production of copper. Media artist, Lucy Raven’s journey begins in the open-pit copper mines of eastern Nevada. From there, she follows the raw material all the way to China, where it is processed, refined, and ultimately made into electrical wire. The seemingly simple story of copper is complicated by the economics of globalization, natural resource conservation, and nationalism.

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CULTURES UNDER ATTACK Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest

Filmmaker Liz Kennedy in person!

Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest documents the rhythms and activities of daily life of the Wounaan, an indigenous tribe inhabiting the rainforest of the west coast of Colombia during the mid-sixties. The activities of a constructed day, through close-ups and candid moments, afford the viewer a unique glimpse into the cooperative and egalitarian nature of a subsistence culture based on agriculture and hunting and fishing. Since Wounaan, social life has recently been severely disrupted by capitalist violence, the film captures a critical historical moment.

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{Extreme Southern Culture part 3} The Dancing Outlaw

*Carl’s Cine Club

Originally screened in 1991 on West Virginia Public TV, director Jacob Young profiles the troubled but always entertaining mountain dancer Jesco White. White’s father was a famous mountain dancer; his son is equally obsessed with Elvis Presley and combining clog and backwoods tap dancing, always with an eye towards the camera. A great look at end of the century Appalachia, Dancing Outlaw turns the camera on an American original and lets him do his thing.

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CULTURES UNDER ATTACK! Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest

SAT. 3/29 @ 7:30

Filmmaker Liz Kennedy in person!

Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest documents the rhythms and activities of daily life of the Wounaan, an indigenous tribe inhabiting the rainforest of the west coast of Colombia during the mid-sixties. The activities of a constructed day, through close-ups and candid moments, afford the viewer a unique glimpse into the cooperative and egalitarian nature of a subsistence culture based on agriculture and hunting and fishing. Since Wounaan, social life has recently been severely disrupted by capitalist violence, the film captures a critical historical moment.

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{EXTREME SOUTHERN CULTURE part 3} The Dancing Outlaw

WED. 3/26  @ 7:30

*Carl’s Cine Club

Originally screened in 1991 on West Virginia Public TV, director Jacob Young profiles the troubled but always entertaining mountain dancer Jesco White. White’s father was a famous mountain dancer; his son is equally obsessed with Elvis Presley and combining clog and backwoods tap dancing, always with an eye towards the camera. A great look at end of the century Appalachia; Dancing Outlaw turns the camera on an American original and lets him do his thing.

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GENTRIFICATION = DISPLACEMENT Sue Friedrich’s Gut Renovation

co-presented by Lesbian Looks & U of A LGBT Studies

A documentary of small changes evolves into an historical record of New York. The resulting film is a melancholy, essayistic requiem for a neighborhood and an entire way of life; it also provides a case study of the rapid gentrification of our cities.

In 1989, together with a group of female friends, Su Friedrich rented and renovated an old loft in Williamsburg, an unassuming working-class district of Brooklyn. In 2005 this former industrial zone was designated a residential area and the factories, manufacturers and artists’ lofts were priced out by property speculators lured by tax breaks. Friedrich spent five years documenting with her camera the changes in the area between East River and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. She shows the demolition of industrial buildings and the construction of trendy new apartments for wealthy clients, watching old tenants leave and new inhabitants arrive. As she keeps meticulous record of developments, the extent and speed of the upheaval becomes clear. Her own tenancy agreement expires too and so her documentary images and trenchant commentary become the tools of her growing anger.

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Visions of Time Travel: Nick Georgiou + Chris Marker

6A is an experimental time-lapse video project by artist Nick Georgiou. While the work is still in progress, “6A” tells the story of a paper sculptor and his relationship to the cities he works in (Tucson/NYC). His sculptures are products of their environment. Whether a piece eventually takes the form of a human, still life, or animal depends on how he experiences a particular location. The film explores technological themes along with documenting the ever-changing natural landscape.

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME is one of the last works by master film essayist Chris Marker (1921 – 2012). Ostensibly a portrait of photographer Denise Bellon, Rememberence… focuses on the two decades between 1935 and 1955, the film leaps and backtracks, Marker-style, from subject to subject, to a wide-ranging history of surrealism, of the city of Paris, of French cinema and the birth of the cinémathèque, of Europe, the National Front, the Second World War and Spanish Civil War, and postwar politics and culture.

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{Extreme Southern Culture part 2} Muleskinner Blues

*Carl’s Cine Club.

Director Stephen Earnhart filmed the denizens of a trailer park in Florida for this outlandish documentary from 2001. In Muleskinner Blues, description defying weirdness unfolds as the locals are slowly revealed to be in a deep fried, static limbo while sort-of pursuing their dreams as musicians, filmmakers and writers. The film takes surreal twists and turns in mind bending, unexpected directions.

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