|Welcome to our website for the ongoing series of experimental cinema in San Francisco. We show films every Saturday at ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia (@ 21st). Showtime 8:30pm, admission* $7.|
|MAY MASKED BALLS|
|May 8, 15, 22, and 29 (see details below) ||IVY McCLELLAND'S THIS TRAIN I RIDE
SAT. MAY 8TH: IVY McCLELLAND + GRETA SNIDER + LODESTONES|
On Sat. May 8th, Other Cinema reopens its doors to masked audiences at half capacity! In the California premiere of Arno Bitschy’s feature we follow the life-journeys of three women living on the fringe in a rapidly changing country. A quest for identity, freedom and finding one's place in the world. Mission homegirl Ivy McClelland, here in person, and two women pals are gutsy outliers of a corrupt capitalist society who leave everything behind to defy danger and cross the country on board freight trains. ALSO: Local light Greta Snider is in the flesh to screen a pair of 16mm psychogeographies on life in both the San Francisco Bay and on its shoreline. Closing the show will be a rousing set by East Bay rockers the Lodestones.
|| SAT. MAY 15TH: COX + VOCODER + DR.WHO + PLU + 3-D
On Sat. May 15th, ATA Gallery’s Other Cinema continues its Masked Ball series with a reiteration of its infamous Optronica programs. Featured is the world premiere of David Cox’ Ultra Tapes, that uses the recent seabed discovery of the Nazi’s “Enigma” cyphering machine to communicate with Alan Turing, brought back from the after-life to appear “embodied” in the ATA Gallery! Turing, who now appears on the UK’s 50-pound note, was the British intelligence officer who broke the Enigma code...but later committed suicide after being charged with the crime of “homosexuality". ALSO: The Secret History of the Vocoder, narrated by Laurie Anderson, Rich Pell’s 3-D Entropia, Vicki Bennett’s First Person, Fourth Wall, Sam Campbell’s Turntable as Instrument, Delia Derbyshire’s legendary Dr. Who theme, and a handful of other electronica docs.
$6.66 Note, earlier 7:30 PM start time!
||SAT. MAY 22ND |
On Saturday May 22nd, ATA Gallery’s Other Cinema presents the penultimate in its May Masked Ball series, with a program of 16mm mind-melters! That is, archival films rescued and preserved through the decades, and, with time, re-appreciated as anomalous singularities that can now be understood as precious time capsules of 20th Century sensibility.
||SAT. MAY 29TH |
Closing out this month of pop-ups, here’s a hybrid livestream/embodied benefit for this plucky East Bay microcinema, with live film performances by Ellie Vanderlip, using 5(!) projectors to tell of her grandmother’s interment in the open spaces of the Sierra Nevada. Kit Young and Lori Varga also appear in the flesh with a 15-min. piece of kinect abstractions. The live act is sandwiched within an hour of experimental animation, featuring three works from Kathleen Quillian herself, a co-director of Shapeshifters, and brief beauties from Jon Behrens, Matt Soar, Davy Force, Martha Colburn, Sally Cruikshank, Salise Hughes, Philip Stapp, George Melies, and Ray Harryhausen.