BARBARA HAMMER’S VISIONARY LESBIAN CINEMA

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(Barbara Hammer in person) $10, $6 with U of A id

We are thrilled to host Barbara Hammer who is perhaps the greatest and most prolific living “first generation” lesbian experimental filmmaker. Uncompromising and innovative,  a visual artist working primarily in film and video, Barbara Hammer has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. Tonight we will screen a program of Hammer’s films that sample her trailblazing political and aesthetic practice from the 1970’s to the present. Films will include Dyketactics, No No Nooky TV, Sanctus, Maya Deren’s Sink and more.

WED 9/28
BARBARA HAMMER’S VISIONARY LESBIAN CINEMA !

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(Barbara Hammer in person) $10, $6 with U of A id

We are thrilled to host Barbara Hammer who is perhaps the greatest and most prolific living “first generation” lesbian experimental filmmaker. Uncompromising and innovative,  a visual artist working primarily in film and video, Barbara Hammer has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. Tonight we will screen a program of Hammer’s films that sample her trailblazing political and aesthetic practice from the 1970’s to the present. Films will include Dyketactics, No No Nooky TV, Sanctus, Maya Deren’s Sink and more.

RADICAL DANCES OF LIFE- Jack Walsh’s Yvonne Rainer: Feelings are Facts

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A fascinating new documentary on the life and career of Yvonne Rainer, Feelings Are Facts tells the captivating story of one of America’s most radical and important artists. In 1962, as a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, Rainer revolutionized modern dance by introducing everyday movements like walking and running into the dance lexicon. Abandoning choreography in the ‘70s, Rainer introduced narrative techniques into American avant-garde film, turning that genre on its head, too. In the film, we follow Rainer, now 81 and returned to choreography, as she continues to create vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that invite audiences to question basic assumptions about art and performance.

WED 9/21
RADICAL DANCES OF LIFE- Jack Walsh’s Yvonne Rainer: Feelings are Facts

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A fascinating new documentary on the life and career of Yvonne Rainer, Feelings Are Facts tells the captivating story of one of America’s most radical and important artists. In 1962, as a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, Rainer revolutionized modern dance by introducing everyday movements like walking and running into the dance lexicon. Abandoning choreography in the ‘70s, Rainer introduced narrative techniques into American avant-garde film, turning that genre on its head, too. In the film, we follow Rainer, now 81 and returned to choreography, as she continues to create vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that invite audiences to question basic assumptions about art and performance.

WED 8/31
EXPLODED VIEW SEASON OPENER: ORGANPALOOZA!

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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!!

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!

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.

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.