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Basilica Screenings is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone. Basilica Screenings runs from June through October.

 

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY 2015

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY 2015

Blade Runner Noodle Night | Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant Program | Wu Tsang’s Wildness | Frederick Wiseman’s Aspen

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BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

All films begin at 8 pm and are $5-15 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY

Friday, July 3, 7 PM
BLADE RUNNER NOODLE NIGHT!
free event, part of the Sci-Fi Summer Nights Series
dinner available for purchase + introduction by artist Maximilian Goldfarb!

Thursday, July 9, 8 PM
INSIDE BEDFORD-STUYVESANT PROGRAM, 1968-1971, 70 min.
part of the season-long series, Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986
Intro and Q&A with producer Charles Hobson and programmer Jake Perlin!

Thursday, July 16, 8 PM
WILDNESS, Wu Tsang, 2012, 74 min
Intro and Q&A with filmmaker Wu Tsang!
Food before the screening by Alimentary Kitchen/Nicole LoBue at 7 PM

Thursday, July 23, 8 PM
ASPEN, Frederick Wiseman, 1991, 146 min


BRNoodle2FRIDAY, JULY 3, 7 PM
BLADE RUNNER NOODLE NIGHT!

7 PM: Dinner available for purchase at Blade Runner Noodlebar by Alimentary Kitchen/Nicole LoBue and Carrie Waldman. 
Noodle dishes created by chefs Nicole LoBue and Carrie Waldman will be served out of the Alimentary Kitchen located in Basilica’s courtyard. BUILDING FUN FACT: Basilica’s kitchen was inspired by the noodle bar in Blade Runner!

8 PM: FREE EVENT – BLADE RUNNER (FINAL CUT) &  Handbook for Human Machines Book Launch 
part of the Sci-Fi Summer Nights Series.
 
Introduction by artist Maximilian Goldfarb!

Experience the haunting and prophetic science fiction masterpiece by Ridley Scott alongside food inspired by the film. We’ll be showing Ridley Scott’s “Final Cut,” the only version over which he had complete artistic control and expressed his original vision for the film.

Artist Maximilian Goldfarb will introduce the film and also present his new book, Handbook for Human Machines newly produced by Publication Studio. Handbook is comprised of visual research, drawings and found print material – instrumental in constructing episodes of Goldfarb’s monthly radio program, Human_Machine.


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THURSDAY, JULY 9, 8 PM
INSIDE BEDFORD-STUYVESANT PROGRAM, 1968-1971, 70 min.
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part of the season-long series, Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986
Intro and Q&A with producer Charles Hobson and programmer Jake Perlin!

Produced by Charles Hobson and aired on WNEW (better known as Channel 5), this weekly show was originally conceived by Robert F. Kennedy’s organization and community boosters to counter images of black neighborhoods as presented in the mainstream news. It is considered the first African American–produced television series in the USA. Hosted by Roxie Roker and Jim Lowry, the program reflected the home of 400,000 people as it transitioned into a new era, featuring open and unscripted dialogues with residents, guest celebrities, and, most notably, a powerful public forum with Harry Belafonte. This program will feature a selection of episodes, presented by Charles Hobson. – Jake Perlin


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THURSDAY, JULY 16, 8 PM
WILDNESS, Wu Tsang, 2012, 74 min
Intro and Q&A with filmmaker Wu Tsang!
Food before the screening by Alimentary Kitchen/Nicole LoBue at 7 PM
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Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, WILDNESS is a documentary portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been home for Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party (organized by director Wu Tsang and DJs NGUZUNGUZU & Total Freedom) called Wildness, which explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean, and who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.


ASPENTHURSDAY, JULY 23, 8 PM
ASPEN, Frederick Wiseman, 1991, 146 min

Aspen is a film about the town of the same name which became famous in the 19th century for silver mining and now for it’s scenic mountains, skiing culture, and fashionable clientele. Directed by Frederick Wiseman’s neutral, yet guided eye (absent of narration, talking heads, and subtitles) the town is presented as a study in contrasts. As Harry F. Waters in Newsweek commented when the film came out in 1991, “his target is Aspen, and his treatment — is an eyeful.”


Prior iterations of Basilica Screenings have brought filmmakers including Albert Maysles, who showed and discussed many of his rarely seen works from the 50s and 70s, essential cinematic works such as Susan Sontag’s Promised Lands, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, internationally renown contemporary directors including Jem Cohen, Deborah Stratman, and Denis Côté, and rare radical documentary forms such as Yumen produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab.

 

 

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE 2015

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE 2015

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One | Citizenfour | Videodrome |
Sugarcoated Arsenic & other recent films by Kevin Jerome Everson

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BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

All films begin at 8 pm and are $5-15 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE

Thursday, June 4, 8 PM
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE, William Greaves, 1968, 75 min
part of the season-long series, Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986
programmed by Jake Perlin and Michelle Materre for Film Society of Lincoln Center

Thursday, June 11, 8 PM
CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras, 2014, 114 min
First 10 guests get a free TV dinner!

Thursday, June 18, 8 PM
VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg, 1983, 87 min

Thursday, June 25, 8 PM
SUGARCOATED ARSENIC AND OTHER RECENT FILMS BY KEVIN JEROME EVERSON, 68 min
An evening with Kevin Jerome Everson, with an introduction and Q&A with the filmmaker
Food before the screening by Alimentary Kitchen/Nicole LoBue at 7 PM


symbio 1THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 8 PM
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE, William Greaves, 1968, 75 min
part of the season-long series, Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986
programmed by Jake Perlin and Michelle Materre for Film Society of Lincoln Center
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A docufiction, a narrative experiment, a film about making a film, a crew without a director, a time capsule of New York, a barometer of the culture: process, form, and personality collide in Greaves’s classic, about which no superlatives can be overused and whose influence cannot be overstated. – Jake Perlin

Basilica will present selections all season long from Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 – 1986. Programmed by Jake Perlin and Michelle Materre, Tell It Like It Is is a series that screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center this past February. It was comprised of key films produced between 1968 and 1986, when Spike Lee’s first feature, the independently produced She’s Gotta Have It, was released theatrically—and followed by a new era of studio filmmaking by black directors. Representing highlights of New York–based independents, activists all—producing these films in a time when minority film production was not supported and frequently suppressed—this program is full of major works by some of the great filmmakers of this (or any) era in American film history.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 8 PM
CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras, 2014, 114 min
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In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema:  a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 8 PM
VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg, 1983, 87 min
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First 10 guests get a free TV dinner!

Sleazy lowlife cable TV operator Max Renn discovers a snuff broadcast called “Videodrome.” But it is more than a TV show–it’s an experiment that uses regular TV transmissions to permanently alter the viewer’s perceptions by giving them brain damage. Max is caught in the middle of the forces that created “Videodrome” and the forces that want to control it, his body itself turning into the ultimate weapon to fight this global conspiracy.   Starring James Woods and Deborah Harry in one of her first film roles, Videodrome is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s.


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SUGARCOATED ARSENIC AND OTHER RECENT FILMS BY KEVIN JEROME EVERSON, 68 min
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An evening with Kevin Jerome Everson, with an introduction and Q&A with the filmmaker

Food before the screening by Alimentary Kitchen/Nicole LoBue at 7 PM

Works include: Three Quarters (2015), FE 26 (2014), Sound That (2014), Sugarcoated Arsenic (2013), Workers Leaving the Job-Site (2013), Century (2012), Rita Larson’s Boy (2012).

The profound films of Kevin Jerome Everson depict the lives of working class African-Americans. From factory workers, Cleveland Water Department technicians, magicians, student activists, and actors, Everson explores these stories through an acute sensibility, challenging distinctions of reality and fiction by engaging artifice and reenactments of histories. His playful yet incisive observations into race and the socio-economic conditions of his subjects portrays an American experience not represented often enough on the big screen.

A prolific artist who also works in a variety of mediums, Kevin Jerome Everson has made seven feature films and over 120 short form works that have been exhibited widely at film festivals and museums internationally including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a retrospective at Centre Pompidou, Paris, and premieres include Sundance, Berlinale, and Toronto Film Festivals, to name a few. Awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, Alpert Award, and the Rome Prize.


Prior iterations of Basilica Screenings have brought filmmakers including Albert Maysles, who showed and discussed many of his rarely seen works from the 50s and 70s, essential cinematic works such as Susan Sontag’s Promised Lands, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, internationally renown contemporary directors including Jem Cohen, Deborah Stratman, and Denis Côté, and rare radical documentary forms such as Yumen produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab.

 

 

BASILICA SCREENINGS: MAY 2015

BASILICA SCREENINGS: MAY 2015

Many Thousands Gone | Kissing Point | Lessons of War | OM Rider | co-presented by HQTBD

scuds_PeggyThe fifth annual season of BASILICA SCREENINGS kicks off on Thursday, May 22 at 8 PM coinciding with the launch of the HQTBD exhibition Still//Life in Basilica’s Back Gallery.

HQTBD (Headquarters To Be Determined) is a parasite art project that will serve as a container for an exhibition and a series of events, performances, screenings, talks, and food and will inhabit the Basilica Back Gallery from May 22 – June 14. The full schedule of HQTBD events is posted here.

HQTBD SCREENING PROGRAM
Friday, May 22, 8 PM
Work by Peggy Ahwesh, Ephraim Asili and Takeshi Murata
co-presented by HQTBD Still/Life exhibition
Filmmakers Ahwesh, Asili and Murata will all be present to discuss their work!


Many_Thousands_Gone_01_560_265_c1MANY THOUSANDS GONE, Ephraim Asili, 2015, 8 min

Filmed on location in Salvador, Brazil (the last city in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw slavery) and Harlem, New York (an international stronghold of the African Diaspora), Many Thousands Gone draws parallels between a summer afternoon on the streets of the two cities. A silent version of the film was given to jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee to use as an interpretive score. The final film is the combination of the images and a modified version of McPhee’s real time “sight reading” of the score. – EA


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KISSING POINT, Peggy Ahwesh, 2014, 15 min

Playing on the sexual implications of the term “kissing point”—the geographical location where two enemy territories touch—this split-screen video pairs footage from inside and around West Bank tunnels with an Israeli bypass road and its environs. – Art of the Real

The nighttime skies and landscapes on the physical and political edges of the territory are empty, haunted, and surreal…one’s expansive sense of wanderlust is controlled by the limitations of division… – PA


dream drone_PeggyLESSONS OF WAR, Peggy Ahwesh, 2014, 5 min

Five little narratives, ‘newsworthy’ stories from the most recent war in Gaza–retold to not forget the details, to reenact the trauma and to honor the dead.  The footage is lifted from a Youtube channel that renders the news in animation, fantastic and imaginative and several protective layers away from reality.  The footage is re-purposed here to critique that safe distance from the violence, the antiseptic nature of the virtual narrative. – PA


OM_MurataOM RIDER, Takeshi Murata, 2014, 11 min
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In OM Rider, Takeshi Murata deftly weaves the aesthetics of retro-noir, video games, and Italian giallo film into a cinematic exercise in cool, narrative minimalism and distilled rebellion. In a vast desert bathed in neon hues, a misfit lycanthrope blasts syncopated techno rhythms into the night.

At once opaque and thrilling, OM Rider expands upon Murata’s previous 3D character-based animation and references to horror cinema, benefiting from the integral collaboration of longtime composer Robert Beatty, here joined by musicians Devin Flynn and C. Spencer Yeh. – Electronic Arts Intermix


Prior iterations of Basilica Screenings have brought filmmakers including Albert Maysles, who showed and discussed many of his rarely seen works from the 50s and 70s, essential cinematic works such as Susan Sontag’s Promised Lands, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, internationally renown contemporary directors including Jem Cohen, Deborah Stratman, and Denis Côté, and rare radical documentary forms such as Yumen produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab.

 

 

2014 in FILM

2014 in FILM

Season Four: Year In Review

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Never did we dream that such a charismatic rule breaker as Alex Cox would appear at Basilica the same month as the “Pope of Trash” pioneer John Waters, to take our film programming to the next level! The Basilica film dream team was joined throughout our season by artists far, near, and in our own backyard: feminist icon Barbara Hammer, acute documentarian Salomé Lamas and acclaimed film and television director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Forging connections between film, music and art, Basilica SoundScape included projections by Zia Anger, Maxwell Paparella, Nathan Corbin and Stephen G. Rhodes as part of the Kiln Films series. We also hosted a late night screening of Dead Poets Society in honor of the late Robin Williams, with an introduction by our friends from down the river, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, and co-presented by Secret Cinema, an organization which presents large-scale cultural experiences in abandoned spaces.
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BasilicaScope dedicated its entire run to the legendary director Alex Cox, with his cult classics Repo Man (genre-defying film combining punks, aliens, and automobile repossessors), Straight to Hell Returns (spaghetti Western comedy with mind-melting cast of Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Jim Jarmusch, Grace Jones, and Elvis Costello) and Walker (hallucinatory biopic breaking all cinematic conventions). A visionary filmmaker who made the 1980s all the more bearable for us, Cox masterfully used pinpoint satire and a rambunctious stable of actors to illuminate the sleazy politics of the era. Cox was live in Hudson for the festival, which was co-presented by Rooftop films, and was interviewed about Walker with screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer. (View here on YouTube!)


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Talented filmmakers lent their time and artistry to this year’s Basilica Screenings series presenting new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, video and media art. Our commitment to bring film to the Hudson waterfront, and featuring such artists as Barbara Hammer, Salomé Lamas, and Gregory J. Markopoulos, was further solidified in its third year thanks to the thoughtful programming of curator Aily Nash.

We were honored to host the feminist icon Barbara Hammer, one of the brightest and most significant lesbian avant-garde filmmaking voices of our time. On Hudson Pride Day, we screened her Dyketactics with other seventies-era films, followed by a Q&A. Hammer was one of many talented filmmakers who lent their time and artistry to 2014 Basilica Screenings, a series presenting new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, video and media art.  Exploring themes of utopia and collective living, the Colony of Light film collective put forth two programs of recent work, including Ben Russell’s film A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS.

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In a rare evening with acclaimed film and television director, artist and author Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Normal Heart, The Beatles’ Let It Be, Brideshead Revisited, etc.) Basilica screened The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus, created by Mick Jagger and Lindsay-Hogg, and starring Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithful, The Who, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Rolling Stones. This long-suppressed classic was shot over two days in December 1968 and was not seen by anyone for 28 years until it was rescued and screened at The New York Film Festival to great acclaim. Michael also did a reading and book signing of his memoir, Luck and Circumstance, in collaboration with The Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

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COLLABORATORS
Aily Nash, Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman, Rooftop Films, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Secret Cinema, the Film & Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.

PHOTO CREDITS:
Basilica Hudson by Erez Avissar for Pitchfork, Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton in Repo Man courtesy of Alex Cox; Basilica’s Screening Room, still from The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: SEPTEMBER

BASILICA SCREENINGS: SEPTEMBER

Film as Film: Three Films by Gregory J. Markopoulos
Ming Green | Twice A Man | Through a Lens Brightly: Mark Turbyfill

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BASILICA SCREENINGS: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 8 PM

FILM AS FILM: THREE FILMS BY GREGORY J. MARKOPOULOS, co-presented by the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College

MING GREEN, 1966, 16mm, 7 min.
TWICE A MAN, 1963, 16mm, 48 min 

THROUGH A LENS BRIGHTLY: MARK TURBYFILL
, 1967, 16mm, 14 min.
total program 69 min.

//  Filmmaker Robert Beavers and curator Mark Webber will be present for a discussion! //

“There is no language. There is no art. There is no knowledge. There is but film as film: the beginning and the eternal moment.” –Gregory Markopoulos

Celebrating the publication of Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos (The Visible Press), filmmaker Robert Beavers, and curator Mark Webber will present a very rare screening of three early Markopoulos films that were made in the United States in the mid-60s.



MING GREEN
, 1966, 16mm, 7 min.

“An extraordinary self-portrait conveyed through multiple layered superimpositions of the filmmaker’s sparsely furnished room in Greenwich Village.” —Mark Webber

Dedicated to Stan Brakhage. Music: Traumen /Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner. Filmed in New York City

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TWICE A MAN
, 1963, 16mm, 48 min.

Twice A Man is a fragmented re-imagining of the Greek myth of Hippolytus, who was killed after rejecting the advances of his stepmother. Markopoulos’ vision transposes the legend to 1960s New York and has its main character abandon his mother for an elder man. Employing sensuous use of colour, the film radicalised narrative construction with its mosaic of ‘thought images’ that shift tenses and compress time. One of the touchstones of independent filmmaking, Twice A Man was made in the same remarkable milieu as Scorpio Rising and Flaming Creatures by a filmmaker named ‘the American avant-garde cinema’s supreme erotic poet’ by its key critic P. Adams Sitney.” —Mark Webber

Based on the story of Hippolytus. Featuring Paul Kilb, Olympia Dukakis, Albert Torgesen. Music: Excerpt from Manfred Symphony by Pyotr Tchaikovsky op. 58. Filmed in New York City, Staten Island, Long Island and Bear Mountain Park.



THROUGH A LENS BRIGHTLY: MARK TURBYFILL
, 1967, 16mm, 14 min.
“The life of painter, dancer and poet Mark Turbyfill, seen in his 70th year, is evoked through traditional portraiture and personal objects.” —Mark Webber

Filmed in Chicago.



Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-92)
is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of independent and avant-garde cinema. A contemporary of Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol, he was at the forefront of a movement that established a truly independent form of cinema. Markopoulos became a key figure in the New York avant-garde film scene of the 1950s and 60s, co-founding the New American Cinema Group alongside Jonas Mekas, Robert Frank, Peter Bogdanovich and others. Markopoulos’ films, which often translated literary or mythological sources to a contemporary context, are celebrated for their extraordinary creativity, the sensuous use of colour and innovations in cinematic form. His many film portraits feature significant figures in the arts such as David Hockney, Rudolph Nureyev, Leonor Fini, Alberto Moravia, Gilbert and George, Susan Sontag, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Thek and W.H. Auden. At the end of the 1960s, he left the USA for Europe and began to withdraw his work from circulation. He ultimately re-edited his entire output into the 80-hour epic Eniaios (1947-91), which remained unprinted during his lifetime. Following the death of Markopoulos in 1992, his work has slowly returned to the public arena through events with institutions including The Museum of the Moving Image, Pacific Film Archive, New York Film Festival and Documenta 12. The Whitney Museum presented a complete retrospective in 1996. Since 2004, premieres of the restored units of Eniaios have taken place every four years at a site in rural Arcadia, Greece that was chosen by the filmmaker. These unique events have been reviewed in Artforum, Frieze, Film Comment and other important periodicals. His films are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna).

Many thanks to Robert Beavers and Mark Webber. For more information regarding Temenos, a monographic archive in Switzerland devoted to Markopoulos and Beavers’ work, and its projection space in Arcadia, Greece, visit www.the-temenos.org. For more information on the book, visit: www.thevisiblepress.com.

Additional events will take place at The Kitchen, Harvard Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, and elsewhere this fall.


BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

All films begin at 8 pm and are $5-10 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.

Click here for more info on upcoming Basilica Screenings.

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: DUSTY STACKS OF MOM: THE POSTER PROJECT

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: DUSTY STACKS OF MOM: THE POSTER PROJECT

Thursday August 28 | 8 PM | $5-$10 Sliding Scale

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DUSTY STACKS OF MOM: THE POSTER PROJECT, Jodie Mack, 2013, 41 min
with NEW FANCY FOILS, UNDERTONE OVERTURE, GLISTENING THRILLS, and LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE, total program runs 75 min.
//  Q&A via Skype with Jodie Mack!  //

Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, Dusty Stacks of Mom is an animated musical documentary that examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.

This collection of films questions the role of abstract animation in a post-psychedelic climate. Merch tables meet museum gift stores. The sublime meets Sublime the band. Rippling head shop tie dyes and dollar store gift bags form ebullient spectacles from resurrected dead capital and banal everyday objects.

Click here for more info on upcoming Basilica Screenings.

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: COLONY OF LIGHT

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: COLONY OF LIGHT


Programs I & II

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 8 PM
PROGRAMS I & II, Colony of Light
// All the artists will be present! //

The Colony of Light is a provisionally utopian collective of artists and filmmakers which first convened and collaborated in July 2013 at MoMA PS1, NYC. They reunite for a week residency at Basilica Hudson this August, where they will be collaborating on new work, and will present two public programs of films, videos, and performances. Each night will be an entirely different program of recent work by the Colony members: Basma Alsharif, Peter Burr, Bonnie Jones, Ted Kennedy, Jodie Mack, Xander Marro, Ben Russell, Jonathan Schwartz, Fern Silva, Ruth Somalo, and others, all of whom will be in attendance for discussion.

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The first iteration of the Colony was inspired by, and initiated around Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s film A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS (screening on Aug 9), exploring the themes of Utopia, collective living, and “dark optimism”.

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BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following thescreenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.

Images courtesy of Superstudio, Ben Russell, and Colony of Light artists. quilt face 2harris2OPERSECUTED_6

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

By Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 8 PM
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, Estonia/France, 2013, 98 min.
// Ben Russell for Q&A via Skype! //
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Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort, A SPELL is a radical proposition for the existence of utopia in the present. The film follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life. We join him in the midst of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; in isolation in the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland; and during a concert as the singer and guitarist of a black metal band in Norway. Starring musician Robert AA Lowe (known for his intense live performances as LICHENS) in the lead role, A SPELL lies somewhere between fiction and non-fiction – it is at once a document of experience and an experience itself, an inquiry into transcendence that sees the cinema as a site for transformation.

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