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Radical Visions Films: October 17, 18, 24, 25, 29

From: John
Sent on: Sunday, October 11, 2009 1:18 AM
Dear Radical Visionaries,

October's calendar is full of remarkable films by Sam Green, Hollis Frampton, Anne McGuire, Rick and Megan Prelinger, assorted Italian Futurists, and others.

See our group's website for more details and please remember to RSVP:
Radical Visions Cinema Club

Visible Histories: Film/Historiography by Sam Green, Erick Lyle, Vanessa Renwick
Join us Saturday, October 17 at Artists Television Access for an evening of fascinating new-historiographic documentaries and commentary presented by Other Cinema. "In its world premiere, with live audio by Dave Cerf, a new short film by Sam Green (dir. Weather Underground), Golden Record, revisits that idealistic project, curated by Carl Sagan, wherein the 1977 Voyager spacecraft rocketed into the heavens with an LP encapsulating a cross-section of human musical culture. ALSO: Author Erick Lyle returns from his new base in Brooklyn to recap his Soft Skull Press release, On the Lower Frequencies, a revelatory nonfiction account of San Francisco's lower depths. Vanessa Renwick (in person) presents House of Sound, offering an homage to a now sorely-missed fixture recently erased from Portland's traditionally Black neighborhood. AND Marc Moscato's The More Things Stay the Same examines the life and world of Dr. Ben Reitman, known in his day as "King of the Hobos," "the Clap Doctor," and "the most vulgar man in America." PLUS Dara Greenwald's United Victorian Workers, Kelly Sears' The Drift, and assorted medial artifacts."

Action! Futurism Projected & Performed: Evening of Rare Futurist Films and Plays
Join us Sunday, October 18 at San Francisco's Brava Theater for a full afternoon and evening of rarely seen Futurist films and plays, presented in collaboration with SFMOMA's Futurist exhibit. "This year marks the 100th anniversary of F. T. Marinetti's legendary document, Futurist Manifesto. In commemoration of a movement obsessed with machines and mayhem, Brava joins in this week-long celebration to present Futurism's relationship to film, regressive politics and performance art. In conjunction with the third iteration of RoseLee Goldberg's visual biennial in New York, Brava brings theatrical installations of Futurist short plays and rarely viewed film works FOR ONE DAY ONLY. Through this work, we re-examine how the Futurists envisioned the future and what that answer might entail for our own imagined future."

Orphans West by Northwest: Rick and Megan Prelinger, Stephen Paar, Craig Baldwin, and Joel Katz Present Rare Found Footage
Join us Saturday, October 24 at Artists Television Access for Other Cinema's evening of rare and unusual found films unearthed by archivist/filmmakers Rick and Megan Prelinger, Stephen Paar, Craig Baldwin, and Joel Katz. "In collaboration with Dan Streible's Orphan Films efforts (, canny curator of the cultural memory, Rick Prelinger emerges from the vaults with a precious cache of newly unearthed amateur films: Southern sharecroppers, KKK parades, Japanese internees, and May Day demos. Megan Prelinger interprets a cabinet of curiosities from their SoMA library. Stephen Paar shares a 16mm selection from the SF Media Archive, including an amateur monster movie and treasures disinterred from the SF Dump. Craig Baldwin introduces an eye-popping Kodachrome travelog of a late-colonial cross-Africa excursion. Scott Start?s 20-min. celluloid set unveils the discovered mid-century diaries of San Francisco families. The program is consummated with Joel Katz' compelling cine-essay, Dear Carrie, unpacking the 20C Kodachrome chronologies of a courageous globe-trotting matron. PLUS: Free found slide, gratis wine, and Doug Katelus on Optigan.

The Anne McGuire Show
Join us Sunday, October 25 when we venture to see "The Anne McGuire Show," a live variety show that features the ingenious, charismatic San Francisco filmmaker and musician Anne McGuire. "Perhaps you?ve heard of the woman who stalked Joe DiMaggio while making an experimental video. Or, of the artist who perfected the genre of disaster deconstruction. Or, of the woman who uses a man's name while belting out torch songs. Only one figure can be quite so hilarious and incisive: San Francisco?s own Anne McGuire. In this live variety show, filmmaker and musician McGuire's rare genius will be on full display as she draws from her extensive catalogue for an eclectic and pleasurable evening featuring some of her most famous videos, live performances, recent works, a guest MC and several surprises. With her collaborator, the electronic artist Wobbly, McGuire has long enthralled and entertained audiences with her lounge-lizard persona, Freddy McGuire. Expect an appearance by Freddy and a special rendition of the notoriously close-to-home anthem 'I Am Crazy and You?re Not Wrong.'"

Hollis Frampton Films Zorns lemma + lecture
Join us Thursday, October 29 at San Francisco's renowned Exploratorium for a celebration of recently ?restored works by Hollis Frampton [masked]), the American avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, writer/theoretician, and pioneer of digital art. Visiting Frampton scholar Michael Zryd of Toronto's York University will present and discuss two of Frampton's most significant cinematic propositions."
"Zorns Lemma remains the most widely known of this films. It is formed in three different sections. The first is a reading of the Bay State Primer, a puritan work for children to learn the alphabet. The sentences used had foreboding themes such as 'In Adams fall, we sinned all.' The second section is based on a text based work by Carl Andre, which started out with an alphabetical list of words for each letter in the alphabet. Each subsequent list is replaced with a letter until it is just letters. In Zorns Lemma, the concept is reversed. It starts off with a twenty four letter alphabet (I/J and U/V are considered one letter), each letter shown for one second of screentime and then looping. The second cycle replaces each letter with a word that starts with each letter. Gradually the word stills are replaced by an active film shot, such as washing hands or peeling a tangerine until there are only moving images. It is an amazing 45 minutes of film. The third section contains a seemingly single shot of a couple walking across a snowy meadow. The sound is of six women reading one word at a time from Theory of Light.

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