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Films January 8, 18, 20, 31

From: John
Sent on: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 10:40 AM
Dear Radical Visionaries:

Four exciting film programs have been added to January?s calendar. Please check the links below for more information and to RSVP.

What: Abstract Films by Michael Mantra and Vanessa O'Neill
When: Thursday, January 8, 8:00
Details: A stimulating program of abstract films and ambient music created by local multimedia artists Michael Mantra and Vanessa O'Neill, both of whom will introduce their works in person. As befits the evening's unusual fare, the screening will take place in one of San Francisco's most beloved and enduring experimental film venues, New Nothing Cinema. The films of photographer, video artist, and composer Mantra draw inspiration from Nada and Swara yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, and neurology. On Thursday he will present a selection of video works created in the last six years. Brooklyn-born painter, filmmaker, and photographer Vanessa O'Neill received her MFA from the SF Art Institute and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She will show four of her films: Suspension, Sanctuary, burren, and August.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Wim Wenders? Kings of the Road
When: Sunday, January 18, 7:30
Details: Join us Sunday, January 18 when we visit the beautiful Castro Theatre to see Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit) by German director Wim Wenders. Elegant, intimate, serious, and whimsical, Kings of the Road (1976) is also Wenders' most visually sophisticated and artistically daring film. ?Movie projector repairman Bruno and suicidal Robert travel together in a truck on the dusty roads along the border between East and West Germany. Lonely and introspective, they both long for the company of women. By the end of their journey, they derive comfort from the fact that 'in the course of time' their lives have taken on some shape and significance. A quiet, lyrical film that refuses psychological insights, suspense and dramatic tension Kings of the Road reflects Wenders' admiration for the films of Yasurjio Ozu. The intricate allusions and resonant implications evoke Wenders' favorite themes: the difficulties of communication, the Americanization of German life and the fate of German cinema."
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Wenders? premiere: Palermo Shooting
When: Tuesday, January 20, 6:00
Details: On Tuesday, January 20 we return to the Castro Theatre to see Palermo Shooting, the latest film by acclaimed German director Wim Wenders. Presented as part of the 2009 Berlin and Beyond Film Festival's tribute to Wenders, the director himself will be present and will discuss his work in a conversation with Gerd Gemunden immediately following the screening. Synopsis: "As a successful photographer of world-wide renown, Finn leads a life that is as prominent as it is hectic. He gets by with very little sleep, his cell phone is never still, and the music from his headphones is his most constant companion. But when his life suddenly spins out of control, Finn takes off and leaves everything behind. His journey leads him from Dusseldorf to Palermo. While a new life and a new love is unfolding for him in a country whose language he does not understand he finds himself persecuted by a mysterious shooter who's after him with a vengeance."

What: Carolee Schneeman's Fuses and Jose Soltero-Rodriguez's Lupe
When: Saturday December 31, 6:30
Details: Two provocative, rarely screened films by feminist artist Carolee Schneeman and Warhol disciple Jose Soltero-Rodriguez. Fuses (1967), "a silent film of collaged and painted sequences...captures lovemaking between Schneemann and her then-partner, composer James Tenney, observed by their cat, Kitch." Only 23 minutes long, the film is considered a classic of erotic feminist cinema and a unique document of performance art. In Lupe (1966), "a color-saturated, dime-store baroque artifact, Warhol superstar Mario Montez stars as Lupe Velez, the 'Mexican spitfire,' and her rise from whoredom to stardom." "A mix of music, colors, abstract scenes and little dialogue, Lupe is based loosely on the life and death of Mexican-American actress Velez. The music, far more than mere background, borders on serving as the film's narrative and ranges from classical to contemporary pop music."
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVPLink for more details and to send or change an RSVP

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