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!

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!

JIM COLBY’s Sonaural with filmmaker Patrick Cain + Altrice

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SONAURAL is the debut performance of an electronic music project by Tucson-based artist JAMES COLBY (Vox Urbana/New Doubt). Each composition is created entirely from field recordings collected in Tucson over the past 6 months and mangled into half-recognizable leftfield beats and drones. DC-based film artist PATRICK CAIN will induce synesthesia with accompanying live video manipulations, and the night will culminate with a DJ set from local producer legend ALTRICE. Come and dance to concrète wrangled directly from the concrete urban prairies of Tucson!

NIKA KAISER -Dreamtime: An Uncanny Wilderness

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(Filmmaker in person)

Tonight’s program gathers a collection of works by the extraordinary Tucson video artist Nika Kaiser who has been busy sculpting the ethos of T-Town image/sound through her recent videos with Human Behavior, Gabriel Sullivan, Burning Palms & Prom Body. Come view a weaving together of Kaiser’s new works with a selection of artists films that link landscape, movement and technology to the supernatural human experience. Featuring Kaiser’s own films (including some Tucson premiers) + works by Innaritu and the LA Dance Project, video pioneer Joan Jonas and more!

WED Nov 18 @ 7:30
NIKA KAISER Dreamtime: An Uncanny Wilderness

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(Filmmaker in person)

Tonight’s program gathers a collection of works by the extraordinary Tucson video artist Nika Kaiser who has been busy sculpting the ethos of T-Town image/sound through her recent videos with Human Behavior, Gabriel Sullivan, Burning Palms & Prom Body. Come view a weaving together of Kaiser’s new works with a selection of artists films that link landscape, movement and technology to the supernatural human experience. Featuring Kaiser’s own films (including some Tucson premiers) + works by Innaritu and the LA Dance Project, video pioneer Joan Jonas and more!

RAINER FEST (Celebration of the Life & Music of Rainer Ptacek)

RAINER FEST (Celebration of the Life & Music of Rainer Ptacek) $7- $10 sliding scale

Curated by Howe Gelb & Benefiting the Lily Ptacek College Fund
Gelb writes: “it was November 12 1997 when Rainer went on beyond .. this year on that date we will gather to spend a moment in collective ponder and celebrate the man in splendid cluster.

there will be a variety of short clips of filmed performances as well as a live song or two provided by Howe Gelb, Billy Sedlmayr, Van Christian, Tom Walbank, Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and Roman Barten-Sherman

come join us in lighting a candle and sharing a smile.”

 

This will be an intimate seating limited show that you won’t want to miss!

Patrick McGuinn’s I, Scorpio 1970’s Gay Desert Eros!

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(Filmmaker & actors in person)

I, Scorpio is a homo-erotic experimental narrative, set in the mid 1970’s, about a drug dealer who picks up a Mexican hitchhiker on a desert road in Arizona. Filmed and cast in Tucson, the dreamy, hypnotic I, Scorpio is the latest sun and sex-drenched film by writer-director Patrick McGuinn. Set in 1974, this film stars Coleman Kent, as Beau, the American who picks up Jesus, Christian Isaac Cruz; they drive off into the desert, do some drugs and later hole up in a motel to have sex. McGuinn uses this minimal premise as a means to explore a spiritual intersection of cinematic experimentation and the landscapes of desire. McGuinn will open the show with a selection of music and film shorts.