Wed 10/5
LIVE SOUND//SILENT FILM – The Ådventures of Prince Åchmed with live score conducted by Scott Kerr

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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!

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.

SEVEN WOMEN, SEVEN SINS + Burning Palm’s What the Daisy Said

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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.  

WED 9/7
SEVEN WOMEN, SEVEN SINS + Burning Palm’s What the Daisy Said

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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.

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 Help 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!

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!

“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.