|Welcome to our website for our ongoing series of experimental cinema in San Francisco. We show films every Saturday at ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia (@ 21st). Showtime 8:30pm, admission* $6 .|
|SAT. 9/15: DAMON PACKARD's FOXFUR + SAUDE'S VAN TASSEL +
OC toasts SoCal bete noire Damon Packard, with the much-anticipated NorCal premiere of his hr-long Foxfur! Packard's protagonist, a sweet, fragile, mentally unbalanced young girl obsessed with crystals, dolphins, Pleiadian UFOs and David Icke, becomes disillusioned with New Age philosophy...but now she must discover the secret of the year 1982 and its connection to present day 2012! ALSO in person is ebullient Marcy Saude with her half-hr slideshow on the legendary George Van Tassel, ET-attuned habitue of the Giant Rock and builder of the Integratron. PLUS The Fairytale World of Alexander Ptushko, glimpses of the battery-powered Aetherius Society, and free VHS tapes! Come early for complimentary champagne at our season-opening reception, bathed in the reflected light of Unarius' Uriel.
|SAT:9/22: JON MORITSUGU's PIG DEATH MACHINE
Notorious cult director Jon Moritsugu and co-producer Amy Davis storm the City after too long an absence. In this W-I-P peek at their new feature, a misanthropic-punk-rock-botanist-babe--in a nightmarish Doctor Doolittle twist-- gains the power to "talk to plants" after eating rotten meat! With music by Monte Cazazza, Meri St. Mary, I Am Spoonbender, Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, Early Man, and Low On High, many in person serving as celebrity guest DJs, dispensing free vinyl, and trippin' on the Dream Machine. *TWO SHOWS: 8pm & 10pm. $7.
|SAT. 9/29: WHO BOMBED JUDI BARI? + PETROPOLIS +
Drawing from some 700 hours of archival footage, photos and documents, Darryl Cherney presents his feature doc, co-directed by Mary Liz Thomson, that inquires into the car-bombing of Judi Bari (and Cherney) during their campaign around Redwood Summer 1990...the two were blamed by the FBI and Oakland Police for bombing themselves! Bari gives eloquent deathbed testimony for a trial victory that she, tragically, didn't live to see, enlightening us on saving large wilderness tracts from Big Lumber. PLUS the NorCal premiere of Peter (Manufactured Landscapes) Mettler's meditative Petropolis on the Alberta Tar Sands, Josh (Gasland) Fox' The Sky Is Pink, and an excerpt from Sarah Lewison's mock-trial, Monsanto in our Midst. *$7.
|SAT. 10/6: UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP
In its West Coast theatrical debut, Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman's United in Anger is a feature doc about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement, from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Mixing oral histories of ACT UP members with rare archival footage, and taking the viewer through the planning and execution of a dozen exhilarating major actions, the film depicts the courageous efforts of the direct-action group as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect. Introduced by Cyd Nova, of the local chapter, which receives a portion of the proceeds.
| SAT. 10/13: KOSHKIN's PIXEL VISIONS + FIALKA's PXL THIS FEST
In this hr-plus sneak preview, Pixel Visions examines the early life and growing subculture of Fisher Price PXL 2000 enthusiasts--how the first kids' video camera, using a simple audiocassette, turned the film world on, and found its way to Hollywood! Through interviews and rare footage, Michael Koshkin demonstrates how this cheap plastic camera gave access to emerging artists attracted to its abstract b/w imagery. With Rick Linklater, Cecilia Dougherty, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Peggy Ahwesh, and others. PLUS the peripatetic mdeia wiz Gerry Fialka, in the flesh with the finest from his famous fest: Clint Enns, Wago Kreider, Will Erokan, tENTATIVELY a convenience, and more!
|SPACE IS THE PLACE|
|SAT. 10/20: PRELINGER + ORPHANS IN SPACE + FIRST ON THE MOON +
Local heroine Megan Prelinger celebrates the marvelous in 20th Century aerospace cinema, introducing the inspired DVD set Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier--Walter Forsberg's NYUarchival project that revives celluloid anomalies on space exploration. PLUS the premiere of Aleksei Fedorchenko's First on the Moon, a Russian pseudo-doc mixing archival and live-action footage towards a faux history of Stalin's '30s space program! ALSO Linda Scobie's Skydogs and Thad Povey's Cineroc. Free Orphans DVDs to the first 10 patrons. *8pm; $7.
|SAT. 10/27: DIVINE's SECRETS OF THE PARANORMAL '70s
Encyclopedic in breadth and brimming with historical--and hysterical--insights, OC's fave genre archivist Christian Divine initiates a mind-boggling evening afloat in the phenomenal world of '70s psychotronic cinema: Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, ghostly hauntings, and occult ceremonies. These cult currents, as reflected in the era's popular Sunn Classics pseudo documentary/exploitation cycles are expertly explicated with clips from Chariots of the Gods, In Search of Noah's Ark, The Amazing World of Ghosts, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Equinox, Hex, Hangar 18, and a special "revival" of Wheeler Dixon's sorely underrated The Amazing World of Ghosts. PLUS a nod to Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of... series, free treats and mulled wine. *$7.
|TREACHERY IN THE TRENCHES|
| SAT. 11/3: JAMIE MELTZER's INFORMANT
Stanford-based, Jamie (Song-Poem Story) Meltzer delivers the theatrical premiere of his fascinating study on Brandon Darby, former activist turned FBI informant. A portrait of his life is meticulously constructed through intimate interviews with Darbyand tense re-enactments starring the man himself. These are often contradicted by witnesses and commentators from across the political spectrum, including those involved in the RNC arrests (detailed in last year's Better this World). Informant raises the possibility of fluid truth in a system addicted to false binaries. Filmmaker in person.
|SAT. 11/10: FREDDY MCGUIRE + VARGA + LAITALA's 3D +
Our eclectic/electric Live A/V series returns with a roster of 7 performances and several single-channel works. Lori Varga opens a Pandora's Box of 13 circuit-bent devices, mini-synth electronic toys available for audience use! Will Erokan ups the ante with his Collective Discarnate, manipulating audio and video to in fact hypnotize us ("brain entrainment")! Kerry Laitala steers the stereoscopic section of the show, using ChromaDepth glasses to explore the many dimensions of A-G classics (Belson, Bute) as well as her own debut work. PLUS Anne "Freddy" McGuire and Wobbly playing to her new vid Recital, Lana "Granny" Voronina's demon-plagued electronica, David Cox' Optigan And Apps, Tommy Becker's Song for Elliott Jacques, Sylvia Schedelbauer/Jeff Surak's digital-flicker feast, and Soda_Jerk's succulent sample from their soon-coming Astro Black. Consummating is Andre Perkowski's live ensemble performance to his Beach Boys-obsessed Endless Syncopation. *$7.77.
|SAT. 11/17: BILL DANIEL + SAM GREEN + SCOTT STARK + BRIGID McCAFFREY
This first installment of our 3-part Psycho-Geography series attends to that quintessential western landscape, the Desert. Premiering is Sam Green's Portrait of Las Vegas, an insightful essay on that glittering mirage. Bill Daniel (in person, with his Mostly True reissue) kicks in his Slab City Citizen's Band Bulletin, and Laura Kraning contributes her Devil's Gate (on Jack Parsons!). PLUS Scott Stark's new Bloom, and the debut of Brigid McCaffrey's Southwest outsider-geologist saga, Trace Formations. OC's topographic triptych opens with Jackie-O Motherfucker's Tom Greenwood, strumming in sonic complement to Daniel's double-projections.
|SAT. 11/24: McCORMICK's GREAT NORTHWEST + 433 PICTURES' NOBODIES
Our longtime microcinema accomplice Matt McCormick introduces the Cali premiere of his experimental travelog, faithfully recreating the 3,200-mile road-trip of four Seattle women in 1958. Fifty years later, McCormick discovered their scrapbook in a thrift store, and so set out on the road, following their route as precisely as possible. His patient observations constitute a lyrical time-capsule, revealing how the landscape, architecture, and culture of the Northwest has changed over the past half-century. ALSO: Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck present their 433 Pictures project, American Nobodies, a half-hr suite of poetic miniatures, finding complexity and meaning in small moments and overlooked details.
|SAT. 12/1: KENT MACKENZIE's THE EXILES
In the last of our Psycho-Geo trilogy, here's the SF premiere revival of this Native American neo-realist treasure, via a miraculously rescued 16mm print. Archivist Steve Polta relates the rich background of the production and restoration of this semi-documentary feature. While he was a film student at USC in the mid-50s, director MacKenzie chanced upon Bunker Hill, the low-rent neighborhood on the west edge of downtown LA, when it was first threatened with demolition. Fascinated with a subculture of Arizona Indians living there, he crafted a compelling story of a long Friday night. Full of loneliness, yearning and little flashes of happiness, this legendary group-portrait is a wrenching chronicle of cultural dislocation and a remarkable record of a city that has vanished.
|SAT 12/8: ROURKE + WOOD + KATELUS + RADIOPHONICS +
Indulging our love for forgotten formats and media archeology lore, Jeremy Rourke & Co. debut two live musical performances, The Biography of a Motion Picture Camera and The Paperman May Charleston. Ben Wood, in the apparel of none other than Eadweard Muybridge, affords us a charmed glimpse into those halcyon days of the Magic Lantern. Doug Katelus, as Hammond organist for the night, offers his 16mm Help Keep Film Dead, on the last days of Monaco Lab. Lori Varga, as high priestess for tonight's "church," powers up her 4 projectors in Beyond the Frames of Light and Strange Sound. PLUS Russ Forster with an in-person tribute to Bill Lear, inventor of the eponymous jet AND the 8-track tape! AND a half-hr cut of the BBC's Alchemists of Sound, on the UK Radiophonic Workshop, boasting Doctor Who composer Delia Derbyshire.*$7.
SAT 12/15: INCREDIBLY STRANGE RELIGION!
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|SAT. 12/22: NEW EXPERIMENTAL WORKS
Here's an energized evening of new cinema that champions personal expression and radical form. Constituting the season's most exploratory program--and with many of the makers in person--are Jeanne Finley & John Muse's Manhole 452, Soda_Jerk's The Time That Remains, Sietske Tjallingii's Bowled Over, Kristin Cato's words in the rain, Eliane Lima's Leonora, Linda Fenstermaker's Red Heron, Mike Maryniuk's Cattle Call, Katherin McInnis' Artificial Persons, and Julie Murray's 16mm Orchard. PLUS recent pieces by Lewis Klahr, Scott Stark, Bryan Boyce, Heidi Phillips, Patrick Wilkinson, Daniel Corona et.al. Come early for a very special performance by the delightful Cookie Tongue twosome, free pencils, and the Dream Machine!