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This week's screenings, near and far, in avant garde cinema

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Sunday, June 9

  • Vienna, Austria: Der Blick der Moderne at Stadtkino Wien: Linda Christanell, Moving Picture, A 1995; Lynn Hershman, First Person Plural - The Electronic Diaries of Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA 1984-96. Rhythmus & Struktur: Die Suche nach der gerformten Zeit: Viking Eggeling, Symphonie Diagonale, D 1923; Peter Kubelka, Arnulf Rainer, A 1960; Peter Kubelka, Adebar, A 1957; Peter Kubelka, Schwechater, A 1958; Fernand Leger, Ballet mecanique, F 1924; Werner Nekes/Dore O., Jum-Jum BRD 1967; Paul Sharits, T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, USA 1968; Martin Arnold, passage a l'acte, A 1993; Zbigniew, Rybczynxki, Tango, Polen 1981.

  • Oakland, California: Climax Movie House: Illusions by Julie Dash/Thriller by Sally Potter: In Dash's Illusions, a black woman who appears to be white and a black woman who sings the voice-over for a white Hollywood star grapple with these contradictions in a wartime Hollywood movie studio. Potter's Thriller is a girl's version of Puccini's "La Boheme," a model for the deconstruction of the Hollywood film.

  • Vancouver, British Columbia: : Edison Electric: MOTHER'S MEAT & FREUD'S FLESH: Mother's milk makes strong children, but a child who is a reluctant weaner may develop a mother-addiction. Montreal Filmmaker Demetri Demetrios' lo-tech cult classic MOTHER'S MEAT & FREUD'S FLESH ironically explores the resulting triangle of mother, psychiatrist and mother's boy. Demira is a porn star, and the despondent son of a mother who smothered him with love. To get over his obsession of calling her up after every sexual encounter he has, Demira goes to a psychiatrist. Given his homosexual tendencies, the inevitable sexual encounter with the doctor occurs and Demira's mother Esther decides to come to town for a visit. While she has high hopes of Hollywood for her son, she also fails to recognize his depression and remains preoccupied with her own love interests. After attempting to attract her attention through a variety of antics, he recognizes the futility of it all and focusses on his Big Break and finally cutting the umbilical cord... (100 mins)

  • Los Angeles: Filmforu m: Sonic Outlaws: Baldwin's Back! It's the Biggest Baldwin Film Ever! Join secret agent Craig Baldwin on his kinetic tour through the world of "found sound" queries the issues of copyright infringement, fair use, and the ownership of public airwaves. After profiling the San Francisco noise band, Negativland, and the Island Records lawsuit which claimed that the band had infringed on the rights of mega stars U2, Baldwin's doc careens through other forms of cultural jamming, talking with members of the Emergency Broadcast Network, the Barbie Liberation Organization, and the Tape-beatles, among others.

Monday, June 10

  • San Francisco: SF Cinematheque: Butoh Dance Film: Butoh, which was initiated by Tatsumi Hijikata in the late 1960s, was not just a revolutionary dance movement but a magnetic sphere in which artists from various disciplines interacted, with Hijikata as a catalyst. Like Sergei Diaghilev in the 1920s, Hijikata served as a matchmaker between dance and visual art. Hijikata's works are remembered as a remarkable achievement in the history of performing arts and he is acknowledged as the greatest influence on Japanese art since the 1960s. For one night only, d-net's San Francisco Butoh Festival and SF Cinematheque will present two legendary films which have never been seen before on the West Coast. Hoso-tan (the Story of Smallpox) (1972) and Heso to Genbaku (Navel and A-Bomb) (1960). These films will be introduced by Hijikata's dance partner and widow, Akiko Motofuji.

  • Seattle, Washington: 911 Media Arts Center: Open Screening: Open Screening is analogous to freedom. Say it out loud with a Scottish brogue, the way Mel Gibson and his dreadlocked gang of warriors shouted when they impaled "Babe" the pig on a pike, "Freeeeeeeddddoommm"! If you have any works, particularly ones that featrue valiant Scotsmen, bring them to 911 on the second Monday of each month for a good thrashing! Call ahead to reserve a spot if you want to show works longer than 20 minutes or on other formats besides VHS or Pike.

  • Vienna, Austria: Der Blick der Moderne at Stadtkino Wien: Expanded Cinema: Aktionen und Fluxus: Ernst Schmidt jr., Ja-Nein, 1968; Ernst Schmidt jr, Hell Angels, 1968; Ernst Schmidt jr., Prost, 1968; Nam June Paik, Zen for Film, 1962-64; Ernst Schmidt jr., Nothing, 1968; Ernst Schmidt jr., Schopfung, 1968; Hans Scheugl, zzz - hamburg special, 1968; Marcel Duchamp, Anemic Cinema, 1926; George Maciunas, Fluxus-Compilation, 1966-70.

Tuesday, June 11

  • Paris, France: Scratch Projections: Gordon Matta-Clark: FIRE CHILD 1971 coul sil 9'47"; TREE DANCE 1971 coul sil 9'36"; FRESH KILL 1972 coul son 12'48"; SPLITTING 1974 coul sil 13'50"; BINGO NINTHS 1974 coul sil 10'; CONICAL INTERSECT 1975 coul sil 18'40"; DAYS END 1975 coul sil 23'10". Une séance consacrée aux films de Gordon Matta-Clark qui montrent souvent des actions dont film et photo sont les seuls documents. Les films nous font voir le déroulement d'une proposition sur un sîte donné. De la production de la pièce à la destruction.

  • Vienna, Austria: Der Blick der Moderne at Stadtkino Wien: Die Kunst des Widerstands: Politik & Film: Bruce Baillie, Mass for the Dakota Sioux; Bruce Conner, Reporty; W+B Hein, Rohfilm, 1968; Kurt Kren, 24/79 Western, 1979; J.-M. Straub/D. Huillet, Der Grautigam, die Komodiantin, und der Zuhalter, 1968; J.-M. Straub/D. Huillet, Einleitung zu Arnold Schonbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene, 1972. Metropolis: Die Stadt als Thema der filmischen Moderne: Alex Hackenschmied, Bezucelna prochazka, 1930; Walther Ruttmann, Berlin-Symphonie einer Grobstadt, 1927; Jakobois, Passage du thermometre, 1982; Baumann, Kaltner, Dabernig: Gehfilmen (6), 1984.

  • Berkeley, CA: Pacific Film Archive: The Road Less Traveled: Is There a There There? Shorts by G. M. Auleta, Ken Jacobs, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Marina McDougall, Michael Snow, Melinda Stone & Igor Vamos. Armchair travel may have begun with hooks, but it found new vistas with the movies. Of course film takes us places we have never been, hut it can also transport us via unconventional, even impossible, views, and in this age of virtual vacations, take us places even the filmmaker has never ventured. In Michael Snow's Seated Figures and Ken Jacobs's recent Georgetown Loop, our perceptions of the surrounding landscape are radically shifted from a Renaissance perspective to beautiful, disorienting abstractions. In If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, local filmmaker Marina McDougall explores journeys in the age of modern technology, depicting contemporary nomads who take on the sights and sounds of others. The U.C. Berkeley Environmental Simulation Laboratory used minature models to visualize the effects of proposed changes on a drive down New York's West Side Highway. Janis Crystal Lipzin's cross-country trip results in panoramic views of her hotel rooms in Motel Dissolves, while in G. M. Auleta's Lovely Desert, two people venture into an animated landscape. Melinda Stone and Igor Vamos tour the U.S. constructing alternative photo spots along the way, documented in Suggested Photo Spots. Tonight, experience travel as a state of mind rather than a sense of place. Kathy Geritz

Wednesday, June 12

  • Berkeley, CA: Pacific Film Archive: Laura Kipnis Reads from Bound and Gagged; Plus screening of Ecstasy Unlimited and Marx: The Video: A provocateur as both critic and video artist, Laura Kipnis will read from her newest book, Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America. In this incendiary release, she ventures into the dark dungeon of our national fantasy life, showing how cultural taboos are constructed around political and moral expediency. She also takes on the anti-porn establishment, defending the stance that desire does not constitute intent. Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern University, is also author of Ecstasy Unlimited: On Sex, Capital. Gender, and Aesthetics. She will sign copies of her new book, available for purchase at the program. Following the reading and book signing, Kipnis will screen two of her videoworks. The audacious Marx: The Video (A Politics of Revolting Bodies) (1990, 27 mins) discloses the trauma invested in Marx's writings. Drawing on his letters to Engels, which stressed his discomfort from carbuncle attacks, Kipnis locates Marx's subjective impulses within Das Capital. Here, Marx's body plays out his predictions with its own political economy and thwarted revolution. Appropriating the MTV aesthetic of waning capitalism, Kipnis gets high marks for revisionism. In Ecstasy Unlimited (1985, 60 mins), Kipnis declares that ecstasy is limited only by what the marketplace will bear. Dramatic vignettes in a massage parlor, robotic machines at an assembly line, interviews with a sex shop owner, and sundry images from the id industry are amassed to examine the principal accumulated from pleasure. Steve Seid

  • San Francisco: Center for the Arts: Spread the Word: The Persuasions Sing Acappella by Fred Parnes plus jazz shorts: Some of the century's most influential voices take center stage as filmmaker Fred Parnes unfurls his lyrical portrait of the a cappella group The Persuasions. Drawing on rhythm and blues, rock, folk, gospel and jazz inspirations the film tells the story of five men who have traveled from Detroit nightclubs to Harlem's famed Apollo Theater and back again, continuing to tear the house down wherever they go. Preceded by 1932 musical shorts starring jazz greats Cab Galloway, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith.

  • Vienna, Austria: Der Blick der Moderne at Stadtkino Wien: Die Fremde: Bruce Baillie, Valentin de las Sierras, 1968; Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Zigeuner in der Grobstadt, 1932; Peter Kubelka, Unsere Afrikareise, 1966; Trinh T. Minh-ha, Reassemblage, 1982. Das Leben der Boheme: Ken Jacobs, Blonde Cobra, 1959-63; Andy Warhol, Couch, 1964.

Thursday, June 13

  • New York: the Knitting Factory: : Fishing with John: John Lurie knows absolutely nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from undertaking the adventure of a lifetime on "Fishing With John". Traveling with his special guests to the most exotic and dangerous places on Earth, John Lurie battles sharks with Jim Jarmusch off the tip of Long Island, goes ice fishing with Willem Dafoe at Maine's northernmost point, braves the Costa Rican jungle with Matt Dillon, and takes Tom Waits to Jamaica. Too subtle and strange to be a direct parody of Marlin Perkins or Jacques Cousteau show, "Fishing With John" is unlike anything else on television.

  • Vienna, Austria: Der Blick der Moderne at Stadtkino Wien: Gentlemen: Frauen sehen Manner: Chantal Akerman, Le Demenagement (1992); Su Friedrich, Sink or Swim, 1990.

Friday, June 14

  • San Francisco: Artists' Television Access: FAF's Short Stack Series Part 2 presented by Film Arts Foundation: Presenting a collection of 'new and used' films and videos whose only unifying feature is their length. Inspired by FAF's seminar series of the same name covering a variety of issues in short form media making, the program will be a veritable smorgasbord of film and video goodies of all ages and persuasions.

  • Chicago: Chicago Filmmakers: OPEN SCREENING: Chicago Filmmakers invites all independent film and videomakers to participate in an open screening. This 'time-honored' tradition is a lot of fun and allows audiences to discover some new talent and artists to see their work on the big screen.

  • Vancouver, British Columbia: : Edison Electric: CAMPY DRAMA: THE VIDEO WORKS OF GEORGE & MIKE KUCHAR: George and Mike Kuchar have been making film and video work for well over two decades. While George has gained a worldwide reputation in art circles for his very personal and hilarious Hi-8 pieces, his brother Mike's work remains more obscure. Lately though, both artists' works seem to be in higher and higher demand. Their videos might best be descibed as strange commentaries on - and documents of - individuals (including George's cat) and thoughts that might otherwise fall through the cracks. Included in this show will be recent videos by George Kuchar including URCHINS OF UNGAWA (1994) ANNIVERSARY SCHMALTZ (1996) and PRECIOUS PRODUCT ( 1988), while Mike Kuchar promises "two recent ëteleplaysí with plenty of florid dialogue amid turgid plots: ëcampy dramasí I call them, entitled CUPID'S INFIRMARY and LETITIA'S POEM." Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch their work!

  • New York City: Millennium: OPEN SCREENING: 16MM, S8MM, VIDEO PROJECTION. All works are shown on a first-come-first served basis. Bring films, videos and/or come as a viewer. (Finished works only, limited to a maximum of 20 minutes). Refreshments will be available. Doors open at 7pm. Screening begins at 8pm and ends at 10:30pm. Admission by contribution.

  • New York: Anthology Film Archives: "Films by Marie Menken, II," Andy Warhol (1965), Moonplay (1962) and others.

  • New York: Anthology Film Archives: New Films by Stom Sogo and Jeremy Rendina; live music by Alex Mendizabel.

Saturday, June 15

  • San Francisco: Artists' Television Access: Stop Killing Women! Curated by Molly Hankwitz: Responding to recent murders in San Francisco's 16th Street and Capp area, this program probes the real-life drama of women-murder. MHI Many Women Involved/NHI No Humans Involveda collaboration between San Diego artists Deborah Small, Elizabeth Sisco, Carla Kirkwood, Scott Kessler, and Louis Hock rejects the notion that 45 deaths of women killed should go unsolved. Jennifer M. Kroot's Live to Tell a music video version of the OJ Simpson verdict is a gruzzly capper ...it was your body wasn't it Nicole? Discussion to follow. Be safe, bring a friend.

  • Chicago: Chicago Filmmakers: RE-VIEWING OURSELVES: 15 YEARS OF GAY AND LESBIAN IMAGERY: Tonight's program celebrates both Gay Pride Month and the 15 year anniversary of the Gerber/Hart Gay and Lesbian Library and Archives. To honor these events, the Gerber/Hart Film Series, in association with Kino-Eye Cinema, features an evening of videos by Chicago artists which document and explore the history, culture, politics, experiences and diversity of the Chicago gay and lesbian community. This is the second program of the Gerber/Hart Film Series, which aims to present mainstream and independent films and videos of significant historical and cultural interest to gays and lesbians.

  • New York City: Millennium: JACK WATERS: Jack Waters, a well-known Downtown personality, has worked as a filmmaker, performer, writer and organizer for a number of years. He has written for Color Life, Fuse and Jumpcut magazines. Waters was a director of Abc No Rio from 1983 to 1989 where he co-created and curated the Naked Eye Cinema, which consisted of traveling programs of independent films. THE RING OUR WAY (60 min.-1988-93) (FilmNideo/Slides), DIOTIMA (30 min.-1993) Film, THE FLOWER MARKET (20 min.-1 994) Video, PERCODAN & WISDOM (20 min.-1 995) Video. "THE RING OUR WAY" is a 5 year operatic work-in-progress based on the Wagner Ring Cycle. It consolidates themes and materials from the epic saga, updating the elements of gesamptkunstwerk by adding the formats of dance film and performance. At once sublime and burlesque it is a multi-media extravaganza, the layering of texture using multiple film projection, video, and live voice." -J.W. "DIOTIMA voices the continuation of the `Great Porn Debate'. Inspired by the writings of Andrea Dworkin, and the anthology, 100 Years Of Homosexuality, a collection of essays compiled by David M. Halperin. An update of Plato's Symposium, an analytic of the erotic. With stylish humor and good art direction" -J.W

  • Vancouver, British Columbia: : Edison Electric: CAMPY DRAMA: THE VIDEO WORKS OF GEORGE & MIKE KUCHAR: See June 14.

Sunday, June 16

  • New York: Anthology Film Archives: The New Festival presents Christmas on Earth (1963) by Barbara Rubin; introduced by Jonas Mekas. Film Preservation Fundraiser.

  • Vancouver, British Columbia: : Edison Electric: CAMPY DRAMA: THE VIDEO WORKS OF GEORGE & MIKE KUCHAR: See June 14.

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