Welcome to the Spring Schedule for Other Cinema. We have a exciting lineup of new cinema initiatives this season and we hope you will come often. A number of the films we are showing have video clips available for preview in Quicktime format. These clips are indicated by a projector icon in the applicable sections. If you don't have the Quicktime plug-in, you can download it for free at www.apple.com/quicktime.
The Lyrical Eye
2/24: AN EVENING WITH JEM COHEN
fearless voice of liberty has given so much to the Bay Area
over the years that the SF Board of Supervisors recently
declared a Stoney Burke Day! Putting his body on the
line, the epitome of free speech in action, our favorite street comedian
has railed against war and injustice for decades now, earning for him
a place in the hearts of many citizensand several stays in jail!
Finally, the best recorded performances of this live-improvising raconteur
have been compiled into a Greatest Hits collection,
taking us through the turbulent years between 19772007.
Stoney opens the show with a set of political stand-up,
and then introduces each piece with an improvised comic anecdote. Doors
open at 8pm for a meet n greet
amidst free Nutella and jaunty roller-rink melodies from
David Cox on the mighty Korg.
Satisfying OCs wanderlust, heres a sublime survey of works that explore the countrys southern margins, moving from West to East. Erik (Visionary State) Davis initiates our drift with a slideshow on Leonard Knight, Charles Manson, and other SoCal desert-rats. Prodigal son Bill Daniel floats back to Frisco, setting up his Sail-van right here on Valencia St., for field projections in the urban jungle! After Aptosbased Enid Blader shares her tone-poem on the Salton Sea, Sabrina Alonso shows her Mischief at 16th and Florida on the Hamms Brewery vat-rat squat, and Jenny Stark shuttles in from Sacto with her Floods, Ghosts, & Contamination, on turf issues in her home-state of Texas. Our passage pauses for a moment at New Orleans, where we honor the memory of recently-deceased Helen Hillto whom this evening is dedicatedwith a screening of her last composition from Katrina-damaged footage, accompanied by pieces from Thad Povey and Alfonso Alvarez. The final stop on the Southern arc takes us to the MasonDixon line and Roger Deutschs deeply moving Dead People. $7.
SAT. 3/17: MELINDA STONE PRESENTS BILL BROWN
Following our strand of topographic work, in fact heres the crown prince of the critical travelogue, Bill Brown, whos in town for a teaching turn at USF. This review of three of his 16mm pieces will serve as an entrée to his signature style. Mountain State, an oblique history of West Virginia, uses historical markers as portals to the ghost stories of the Appalachian past. Hub City, an examination of both the real and the imagined Lubbock, Texas (Bills hometown), meanders between Buddy Holly, windswept prairies, and truck-stop diners. The Other Side details the filmmakers journey through the Southwest, navigating along the tangled web of social forces and geographic features bound up in immigration and national-identity issues. The entire evening is introduced by our darling Dr. Melinda Stone, a fellow psycho-geographer and an irrepressible game-show hostess, laden with door prizes, perforated pastries, and concertina sing-alongs! $7.
Art and The Accused
SAT. 3/24: JIM FETTERLEY IS CHARGED IN THE NAME OF TERROR
Hearts and Radical Love
Cameras on CatastropheSAT. 4/7: BRECKE ON DARFUR + MARTINEZ ON IRAQ
Globe-trotting photog Mark Brecke walks us through his work-in-progress, They Turned Our Desert into Fire, framed by a pair of 06 journeys: First, to Western Sudan to retrieve images of the human calamity there; on the second sojourn, Brecke brought his prints for an installation to the US Capitol by way of a cross-country Amtrak train, sharing the depicted stories with fellow passengers. During the same period, compatriot freelancer David Martinez, also locally based, was circling through the war-scarred streets and countryside of Iraq on his own journalistic quest. In the shows second half, Martinez introduces and answers questions about the personal documentary that resulted from his gutsy junkets, 500 Miles to Babylon: A Film about Iraq under US Occupation. A portion of the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. $7.
up by the Kats meow, filmmaker Kerry Laitala stirs her cauldron
Storm Over Asia
SAT. 4/14: DIS-ORIENTED: HONG + CHEN + LIGON +
As the first half of this seasons installment of our Historical Reversionism series, our program exploits the contradictions between and within various and varying official histories of China, Japan, and the US. Featured in this mortal combat between propaganda, political fantasy, and critique, is the world premiere of 731: Two Versions of Hell, a 27 min. master-stroke of (re)deconstruction, crafted by Goldie awardee James Hong and collaborator Yin-Ju Chen. This ingenious ideological puzzle takes as its subject the infamous Japanese military lab (731) that housed experiments using Chinese prisoners as live guinea pigs. In a telling structural move, Hong re-presents the same assembly of shots with an altogether different soundtrack, demonstrating ever-so-artfully (and with more than a little morbidity) the critical principle at stake. This inquiry into the construction of History serves as healthy response to the blatantly racist and nationalistic war information films (16mm) that open the show (Why We Fight, My Japan, Our Job in Japan). A similar service is performed by JD Ligons Ha Ha Ha America, an audaciously provocative skewering of assumptions about China vs. US global supremacy and pride.
SAT. 4/21: JEAN GENET IN CHICAGO + SPACE RACE MYTHS
Honored by San Francisco magazine as the Robin Hood of the Citys librarians, Megan Shaw Prelinger proffers a privileged preview of her upcoming book project, Another Science Fiction: Illustrating the Space Race, a post-Barthes interpretation of a particularly rich media-archeological niche of early 60s aerospace advertising. Frédéric Moffets Jean Genet in Chicago also rewrites the Sixties, through the restaging, with masks and archival footage, of Genets engagement in the protests against the 68 Democratic Convention. PLUS a slew of other works that, too, offer alternative and aberrant readings of the received historical record: Rodney Aschers Triumph of Victory, Greg Sholettes Return of the Atomic Ghosts, Scott Calonicos Mondo Ford, Geoff Adams Shadow of Liberty, and Aaron Valdez Life and Times of Robert Kennedy Starring Gary Cooper. Doc-comet Sam Green hosts, utilizing this forum for historiographic agency to update us all on his Sarah Jacobson Film Fund. Come early for the spot-on pseudo-doc Dark Side of the Moon.
SAT. 4/28: TV SHERIFF DVD LAUNCH + LAMBERT + PLU +
Roaring out of the LA underground in 2001, the video band TV Sheriff and the Trailbuddies have pioneered a new mode of scratch video, both producing and performing wildly energized mash-ups of popular TV entertainment that take tour-de-force VJing to a new level of media-crazed performance art. Headed by editorial sharpshooter Davy Force, they make mincemeat out of the mediocrity that is broadcast television, creating rhythmic collages from appropriated clips of the most absurd telecast tropes. Tonight OCD will demo their debut digital-video disc as the major component of this found-footage show. Co-billed is a set of shorts by master-of-irony Kent Lambert whose canny composites also take American pop culture to task, though in a more cerebral way. PLUS: PLU, PHO, EBN, Animal Charm, Damon Packard, and Scott Millers cult classic Uso Justo. Doors open at 8pm for free beer, Pop Tarts, and VHS tapes.
SAT. 5/5: DISPATCHES FROM REBEL MEXICO
On the occasion of Cinco de Mayo, well attend to the profoundly fractured state of Mexican civil society. For years, Greg Berger has been the OC correspondent on the front lines there, appearing in the flesh, doing live phone hook-ups, or sending up urgent communiqués to a constituency hungry for news on the ground. Forming the core of this screening are his new piece on the New Zapatista Movement, a couple of commentaries on the electoral crisis, and a sneak preview of Jill (This Is What Democracy Looks Like) Friedbergs doc on the recent rebellion in Oaxaca. Well also see Friedbergs Grain of Sand, plus work from the collective Canal Seis de Julio. Framing the program with first-person testimony, extended Q&A, and an excerpt of her own Oaxacan report, is artist-activist and veteran videographer Caitlin Manning.
SAT. 5/12: GERRY FIALKA'S PXL THIS 16
As is our wont, OC hosts the latest iteration of Gerry
Fialkas plucky low-tech fest. The Pixelvision camera,
in case you didnt know, is a plastic toy that records picture
and sound on an audiocassette. It failed in the marketplace in the 80s,
but in the decades since, electronic folk artists have
embraced the minimal B&W aesthetic, creating a
quirky new subculture within the field of personal cinema. This years
edition features Michael Almereydas Aliens, John
Trubees Remember the Good Old Days, Eli Elliotts
Burnt Popcorn 2, Robert Dobbs Empath, and
a chronology of the war in Iraq in L.M. Sabos Gestures.
But the highlight might end up being Gerrys legendary introduction,
trading on lofty McLuhanisms, Joycean
run-ons, and goofy puns. D. Cox on Korg
keyboards gilds our own Black & White (micro-)Ball.
SAT. 5/19: PUNK ROCK ORCHESTRA + WORLD'S WORST MUSIC VIDEOS
Haute culture meets gutterpunk in the virtuoso performance of these outrageous musical conceptualists, whose clashing of forms stokes the fires of aesthetic frisson to new peaks of surprise and delight. Lifting voice (Laurie Amat!) and bow à la classical chamber ensemble, they punctiliously prance into covers of the Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, the Avengers, et al. Opening this audio atrocity exhibition is the curdled crème de la crème of the Worlds Worst Music Videos, painstakingly curated by Nate Malmgren, including William Shatner, Herve Villechaize, Bollywood rockabilly, Russian disco-dance lessons, and too much more! PLUS a mind-bending set of bizarre novelty tunes on 16mm, featuring Spike Jones, Desi Arnaz, Joe Cavalier, Eddie Peabody, Josie and the Pussycats, and oodles of others. Doors at 8pm for sonic mayhem and Butthole Surfer bootlegs. $7.
SAT. 5/26: NEW EXPERIMENTAL WORKS
Comes now an energized evening of new efforts that champion personal expression and radical cinematic form. Constituting the seasons most exploratory programming initiativeand with many of the makers in personare Johan Grimonprez Looking for Alfred, Jeanne Liottas Foucaults Pendulum, Martha Colburns Destiny Manifesto, David Cox Dr. Yes, Damon Packards Bug Nuts, Jim Mintons Cumpleaños, Anthony Jolleys Magic Bus, Nate Boyces Mind over Matter, Tom Bordens Surveillance, Chuck Hudinas In the City, Lauren Woods Teenth of June, and Lynne Sachs Atalanta. ALSO works by Matt McCormick, Steve Polta, Molly Hankwitz, Ben Folstein, Yin-Ju Chen, and Sylvia Schedelbauer.