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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.

 

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.
Film_654w_RepoMan_originalBASILICA SCOPE HIGHLIGHTS ALEX COX
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.

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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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BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM)

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM)

Thursday July 24 | 8 PM | $5-$10 Sliding Scale



THURSDAY, JULY 24, 8 PM
NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM), Salomé Lamas, 2012, 72 min
//  Salomé Lamas in person for Q&A! Introduction by Joana Pimenta //

Walter Benjamin states that History is where the singular crystallizes into a fixed whole – it is from this premise that we depart. I establish that the conversation (in this film) takes place in “no man’s land” i.e neither in my comfort zone, nor in Paulo de Figueiredo’s. Such premise should generate a feeling of dislocation for both parties. Initially, the location should be anonymous. Gradually, what is off-screen gains weight and the awareness of a time and a place is established. Nevertheless, it is still difficult to identify where we are. I would like to highlight the distinction between reporting (facts) and literature (imagination), without being too explicit. The difference between “literature” and “reportage” does not uphold; we believe in the documentary because it is made of “reportage”. We remove one or two fictional bricks and the wall of ‘authentic’ reality collapses. What is left is imagination, which imprints in our memory a real world that I try to describe artistically.

I tell Paulo that I want to tell the story of his life. He consents.

This can be a film about violence, but deep down, it’s a film about moments of human experience. It’s not about History as it is understood academically; these are fragments, jump cuts of a non-linear type.

What is authentic is the story that Paulo tells and the moment that happens between me and his breathing. It’s in this breathing that the documentary is built. It’s in this meeting point that the viewer should feel that he is tearing down the limit between fact and fiction. His sublime portrayal of cruelty, of the paradoxes of power and of the revolutions that dethroned him – only served to erect new bureaucracies, new cruelties and new paradoxes. His work as a mercenary lies on the space that exists between these two worlds.

Trauma is outside memory, outside history. It is (un)representable, unmemorable, and unforgettable. How can we know the trauma i.e. how can its impossibility to be represented be presented? And isn’t history an original container of trauma? The work of memory, and it’s memorial processes of transformation of time and space, of the politic, of the public and the private, of the nation and the family isn’t it a process of desire? 

– Salomé Lamas

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BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE PRECEDED BY BIM BAM BOOM

BASILICA SCREENINGS PRESENTS: BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE PRECEDED BY BIM BAM BOOM

Thursday July 17 | 8 PM | $5-$10 sliding scale

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 8 PM
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Marie Losier, 2011, 72 min
preceded by BIM BAM BOOM, Marie Losier, 2013, 12 min
// Marie Losier in person for Q&A! //

Highlighting the wacky while playing down the distasteful, Marie Losier’s playful profile of the English musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his second wife, Lady Jaye takes a lighthearted look at the things they did for love. – The New York Times

One of the best movies of 2012 – The New Yorker

Genesis P-Orridge has been one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. A link between the pre- and post-punk eras, he is the founder of the legendary groups COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV, all of which merged performance art with rock music. But that’s just the preamble to the story. Defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has redefined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of sexreassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye. It was the ultimate act of devotion, and Genesis’s most risky, ambitious, and subversive performance to date: he became a she in a triumphant act of artistic self-expression. This is a love story, and a portrait of two lives that illustrate the transformative powers of both love and art.

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BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY

Workingman’s Death | Black Moon | The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, preceded by Bim Bam Boom | No Man’s Land | Los Angeles Plays Itself

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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 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.

BASILICA SCREENINGS: JULY

Thursday, July 3, 8 PM
WORKINGMAN’S DEATH, Michael Glawogger, Austria, 2005, 120 min
// Tribute Screening //

Thursday, July 10, 8 PM
BLACK MOON, Louis Malle, France, 1975, 100 min

Thursday, July 17, 8 PM
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Marie Losier, 2011, 72 min
preceded by BIM BAM BOOM, Marie Losier, 2013, 12 min.
// Marie Losier in person for Q&A! //

Thursday, July 24, 8 PM
NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM), Salomé Lamas, Portugal, 2012, 72 min
// Salomé Lamas in person for Q&A! Introduction by Joana Pimenta //

Thursday, July 31, 8 PM
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, Thom Andersen, 2003, 169 min
// Introduction by writer Colin Beckett //


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THURSDAY, JULY 3, 8 PM
WORKINGMAN’S DEATH, Michael Glawogger, Austria, 2005, 120 min
// Tribute Screening //
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Today’s manual laborers are no longer celebrated with hymns of praise. They must be content with encouraging one another that backbreaking work is better than no work at all. In the Ukraine, a group of men spend long days crawling through cramped shafts of illegal coal mines. Sulfur gatherers in Indonesia brave the smoky heat of an active volcano and the treacherous trip back down. Blood, fire and stench are routine for workers at a crowded open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria. Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal. Steelworkers in China fear they could be a dying breed. Five portraits of heavy manual labor, increasingly less visible in our technological 21st Century.

This is a tribute screening to the filmmaker, Michael Glawogger, who passed away on April 22, 2014 in Liberia, where he was planning his next film.


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THURSDAY, JULY 10, 8 PM
BLACK MOON, Louis Malle, France, 1975, 100 min
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Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.


Marie-Losier8-Genesis-Jaye1THURSDAY, JULY 17, 8 PM
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Marie Losier, 2011, 72 min
preceded by BIM BAM BOOM, Marie Losier, 2013, 12 min.
// Marie Losier in person for Q&A! //
TRAILER

An intimate, affecting portrait of the life and work of groundbreaking performance artist and music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centered around the daring sexual transformations the pair underwent for their “Pandrogyne” project.

“Marie’s technique is very revolutionary…it’s like Fellini meets documentary. It’s a very new, radical way of making documentaries, and quite honestly, we think that what Marie does and the way she does it will be the template for the future. She is totally unique, very deep with a great sense of joy and emotions below her humor.” – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

“P-Orridge is revealed as an innate artist who inflects and illuminates every aspect of existence, high and low, exalted and humble, with a singular sensibility; Losier’s film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker


no man's landTHURSDAY, JULY 24, 8 PM
NO MAN’S LAND (TERRA DE NINGUÉM), Salomé Lamas, Portugal, 2012, 72 min
// Salomé Lamas in person for Q&A! Introduction by Joana Pimenta //
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Paolo, a mercenary, narrates and performs his own history, constructing a record which slowly reveals in its turns of phrase and mismatched events, a series of doubts and contradictions. He narrates his involvement as a hired killer for special military forces during the Portuguese colonial war, the part he played in the GAL (Antiterrorist Liberation Group), a death squad illegally established by the Spanish government to annihilate high officials of ETA, and his work as a mercenary for the CIA in El Salvador. Rather than being interested in affirming the veracity of the historical record or in proving an official narrative, No Man’s Land dwells in the present moment of witnessing, the space inhabited by the performance of a memory. – Joana Pimenta

No Man’s Land has screened widely at festivals including the Berlinale, FID Marseille, Viennale, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and elsewhere.


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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 8 PM
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, Thom Andersen, 2003, 169 min
// Introduction by writer Colin Beckett //
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“Newly remastered and reedited, Thom Andersen’s 2003 opus, Los Angeles Plays Itself traces the development and evolution of Los Angeles, ‘the most photographed city in the world’. Composed of hundreds of film clips drawn from a century of cinema with a voiceover that is both lucid and humorous, the film garnered broad critical acclaim and is considered one of the essential documentaries of the 2000s.” – Ann Arbor Film Festival

“It is with Los Angeles Plays Itself that Andersen synthesized a style fully adequate to his ambitions. His wide-ranging investigation into cinema’s uses of the city unfolds in a seamless montage and makes its claims in an unabashedly personal, somewhat unreliable register without diminishing their urgency. Andersen turns our attention to the people and events that the best-known visions of the city have overlooked, and to the overlooked visions that have captured such people’s lives.” – Colin Beckett, The Brooklyn Rail



AUGUST
FILM SCREENINGS PREVIEW

A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, with Russell in person for Q&A, COLONY OF LIGHT screenings with work by Basma Alsharif, Peter Burr, Bonnie Jones, Ted Kennedy, Jodie Mack, Xander Marro, Ben Russell, Jonathan Schwartz, Fern Silva, and Ruth Somalo, with all artists present.

Works courtesy of the artists, Laura Coxson/Janus Films, and Paulo Barata/O SOM E A FÚRIA.

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