45 Years of Canyon Cinema

Shorts Program
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Showings

Green Hills Cinema - Theater 4 Sat, Apr 19, 2008 3:15 PM

Description

Total Running Time: 94 min.

Order to be announced.

San Francisco-based Canyon Cinema is the world's largest and most prestigious distributor of independently produced experimental films. Their inventory of films number more than 3500 motion picture films and videos, which trace the history of the Experimental/Avant Garde filmmaking movement from the 1930's to the present and take in a wide spectrum of social and cultural history. We celebrate their 45th birthday with this meticulously-chosen collection selected and introduced by Canyon Cinema's executive director Dominic Angerame.

Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (Martin Arnold, Austria 1998, 15 min.), where Arnold remixes several clips of a Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland Andy Hardy film to form an erotic Oedipal musical.

Autumn Leaves (Donna Cameron, USA 1994, 6 min.), where the splendor and pleasures of autumn are the focus of this richly textured and brilliantly colored paper emulsion film.

China Girls (Michelle Silva, USA 2006, 3 min.), a short composition of women posing for skin tone and color slates used in film leaders that reveal some skin and the aesthetics of their day through film stocks and fashions.

Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse (Stan Brakhage, USA 1991, 10 min.), where four superimposed rolls of hand-painted and bi-packed television negative imagery are edited so as to approximate the hypnagogic process whereby the optic nerves resist grotesque infusions of luminescent light.

Eaux D'Artifice (Kenneth Anger, USA 1953, 12 min.). Filmed in the gardens of the Villa D'Este in Tivoli, Italy, and accompanied by the music of Vivaldi, Camilla Salvatore plays hide and seek in a baroque night-time labyrinth of staircases, fountains, gargoyles, and balustrades.

Ellipses (Frédé Devaux, France 1999, 6 min.), where a ripped strip of film is sewed back together following an aesthetic mode, in a celebratory end-of-century apocalypse of positive, negative, super-8, regular-8, black and white, color, saturated and faded found footage.

Georgetown Loop (Ken Jacobs, USA 1997, 11 min.), a reworking of 1905 footage of a train trip through the Colorado Rockies, where the original image is mirrored side by side to produce a stunning widescreen kaleidoscope effect.

In Kaleidoscope and Colour Flight (Len Lye, 1935/1938, 8 min.), Len Lye, pioneer kinetic artist, sculptor and experimental filmmaker, painted colorful designs onto celluloid, matching them to dance music.

Psalm III: Night of the Meek (USA 2002, 23 min.), a meditation on the twentieth century at closing time. Psalm III is a kindertotenlied in black and silver on a night of gods and monsters...

In attendance: Dominic Angerame

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Canyon Cinema

Dominic Angerame

dominic@canyoncinema.com

http://canyoncinema.com

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