Welcome to the Spring Schedule for Other Cinema. We have a ton of neat stuff 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 (version 4.0!), you can download it for free at www.apple.com/quicktime.
BILL DANIEL'S SKATEPUNK SCRAPBOOK
Everybody's favorite Texas road warrior returns to the Coast with a van full of films on punk and skateboarding. Bill's own work (Butthole Surfers in Houston), that of his brother Lee (Let's Rodeo, Anti-Klan, Late Air), and Greta Snider (Hardcore Home Movie) highlight, but there's plenty of archival celluloid to satisfy aficionados of '60s/'70s skate culture, including the classic Skater Dater and another with Leif Garrett and Tony Alva! PLUS a trio of Super 8 slamdances, a rockin' Avengers roll, a punk rock DJ, and a goddamn give-away of 7" punk recordings.
SAT. 2/17 OMNISONIC'S PSY-OPS CHOPS
Our annual, ever-popular Industrials Amok program sports a new spin-the clips are "wrapped around" by the mood-swinging musical shadings of that Peninsula pair, Omnisonic. The Hinds Bros. will open up a space for a spate of retro films on "psycho-social adjustment," including Info Please (a pseudo-Nazi educational), Alexander Hammid's Angry Boy, Max Roach in Delinquent, Hipster, and Square, Marilyn Van Derbur's Bedwetting, GM's What It's All About, plus Sex-Ed., subliminal implants, Milgram Experiments, and more. The "control track" is crowned by Omnisonic's live mix to the child-psych chestnut This Is Robert.
Presenting LA's Gerry Fialka, in person with the 10th edition of his yearly fest of works made with the now obsolete Fisher-Price toy video-camera. Selling for less than $100 and recording b/w pic and sound onto audiocassette (!), these plastic clunkers can exploit the technical limitations of the format as an asset rather than a liability. Including Lee (Sonic Youth) Ranaldo's Book of Dreams: Through Kerouac's Lowell, Mark Hejnar's Crock, Kate Perotti's Owed to a Penis, Paul Bacca's Death Roach 2000, Danny Moynahan's King Kukulele, Metzler/Springer's Leonard and the Mountain, 10-yr-old Brady Smith's Dancing Dog, and many more.
SF's superstars of sibilance, Phil Worman and Mark Romyn, whisk us through a cavalcade of curiosities guaranteed to pop eyeballs, drop jaws, and blow minds. Among the bizarre musical singularities are Harry Partch, Sun Ra, Liberace, Spike Jones, Slim Galliard, Eugene Chadbourne, Korla Pandit, and Louis Prima & Keely Smith. ALSO pop-monsters Q-Bert (from Garon/Henry's Wave Twisters), Nancy Sinatra, Tex Ritter, Johnny Cash, and (from Jeff Krulik's cable-access archaeology) teen-age punk-rock Beastie Boys! PLUS the Butthole Surfers on acid, free fruitcake, and Irish coffee.
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SAT. 3/17: DALE HOYT'S BIO-TECH REVUE
director of CALF (Coalition of
Artists and Life-Forms) celebrates
their 3rd anniversary with a provocative
program of media-artwork on cloning.
DJ Pod anchors this lively
evening with his ambient podscapes
and his performance Corporate
Organism. Featured is the world
premiere of Steven Matheson's
exquisitely harrowing Apple
Grown in Wind Tunnel. PLUS R.
Wyrod's In Vivo, Su
Rynard's Eugene, Chickory
Miles, Lou Hawthorne, Kimberly
Tomes, and GenetiX.
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SAT. 3/24 THAD POVEY'S OVER-DUB CLUB
This extraordinary musical session serves
up sonic re-constructions of the
tracks to Povey's ingenious cine-poems.
He strips down the original mixes,
inviting new, live interpretations
from rock heroes Mark De Gli
Antoni (ex-Soul Coughing), Mark
Growden, Rev. Screaming Fingers,
Ramona & the Pest, and OC mascot
Anne McGuire. Among the titles
from the Povey/Scratch-Film Junkie
catalog are Somber Accommodations,
Media Darling, Everybody Grab a
Pardner, and Under a Broad
Gray Sky, the latter with live
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SAT. 3/31 PSYCHO-GEOGRAPHIES BY BROWN + SNIDER
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Memphis maestro McCarthy (Teenage Tupelo, Sore Losers) throws his "gimme cap" into the OC ring once again with a brand-new feature (shot on 16mm, projected on video) that updates the sex-and-violence themes of classic exploitation. In his southern-fried future, marauding girl gangs battle the elite descendents of '50s strip-tease stars. These protagonists organize their actions around the crumbling ruins of abandoned grindhouse theaters, channeling the tarnished glamour of their burlesque forebears. Opening the show is an actual artifact from the stag-film era, Teaserama, with Tempest Storm and Bettie Page.
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Rich Bott and Jim Fetterley look like any two regular video-dudes out of the Chicago Art Institute, ... that is, until they put on their wigs! Their cabaret shows are already legendary-for spinning single-channel tapes through real-time remixes, and for the wildly energized, deliriously vertiginous space they carve out of the collective trash-heap of hideous corporate videos, absurd infomercials, and brain-damaged television. These two yeomen will be pressing flesh and tweaking toggles on the gallery floor, as they amp up their fine art ante into a full-on club-style rave-up.
SAT. 4/21 ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT: SANTIAGO ALVAREZ
Travis Wilkerson's hour-long homage to the greatest of Cuban filmmakers acknowledges Alvarez' formal innovations by using these same techniques to narrate the story of his life. Alvarez was a true cinema povera radical-a newsreel-cum-doc maker who could, through graphics, copystand work, and audio-visual rhythm, turn a simple file photo into a tour-de-force indictment of imperialism. PLUS the premiere of Wilkerson's new piece on the Montana lynching of Wobbly Frank Little.
Here's a holiday benefit for WM's new streaming server, with past and present works on empowerment and autonomy, live agit-video mixology, and free bread and roses for all our brothers and sisters in the struggle. Carla Leshne re-caps Film and Foto League history, Jesse Drew unwraps some Paper Tiger archives as well as his recent anti-globalization rant, Andy Cox shares a glimpse of his Guerrilla Tea-Room, and IndyMedia's Jeff Perlstein screens the late-breaking direct-action developments in Quebec. Then we'll thrill to the hour-plus set of WM's Reclaim Mayday, Anarchy in LA,. A World of Resistance, and the W-I-P Boom.
The monomaniac behind 8-Track Mind/So Wrong They're Right finally gets down with his Bay Area fanbase again! On this occasion, it's for the Cali premiere of Tributary, his feature doc on tribute-band culture. This fast-paced piece surveys over two-dozen groups across the land, from Aces High (4 Ace Frehley look-alikes) through Mongoloid (Devo-tees), to sundry and invariably hilarious imitators of Hendrix, Sabbath, Rush, Yes, T-Rex, and the Dead Boys. Russ opens the show with his Snapshot Olympia and closes it with his own Carly Simon homage.
OC honors our esteemed sister institution, SF Cinematheque, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Over the many years, both presenting organizations have proposed new ways to make and exhibit movies; an ongoing obsession has been the agency of the "projection apparatus." Here's a veritable all-star revue of artists who consciously deploy the projector(s) as integral players in a "real-time cinema" process: silt, Luther Price, Luis Recoder, Claire Bain, Scott Stark, Mary Tsiongas, and Janis Crystal-Lipzin. Free birthday cake and foot candles.
In case you haven't heard, ®™ark is a cell of mischievous media artists with bold graphics and aggressive wit, who have launched a steady stream of scathingly critical initiatives against the corporate take-over of the democratic process, not to mention everyday life. During the Fall 2000 elections, ®™ark agent James Baumgartner was sued by the Chicago Board of Elections for his satirical voteauction.com website. Though the ACLU has agreed to defend him, James has already racked up a $10,000 legal debt. Here's a friggin' raft of prank videos-plus a half-hour set of Negativland music videos-towards his free speech defense.