New Event: Bruce Conner Films

From: John
Sent on: Monday, October 1, 2007 3:35 PM
Announcing a new event for Radical Visions Cinema Club!

What: Bruce Conner Films

When: Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 PM

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Join us Tuesday, October 16, at Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive for a dazzling program of short films by the legendary artist and filmmaker Bruce Conner. "It's hard to imagine contemporary film without the influence of Bruce Conner. While there were filmmakers who used found footage before A Movie, Conner defined the genre with his rapid-paced montages of stock footage, newsreels, and B movies. His brilliantly edited collage films range from blistering critiques of contemporary American society to dreamlike forays into childhood and mesmerizing meditations on altered states. His films have been cited as precursors to the music video, with their early use of pop music and dazzling combinations of sound and image. Conner is a longtime scavenger of culture's detritus, having created assemblages prior to making films; he also works in photography, drawing, and painting. Tonight's program includes Conner's most recent film, a tribute to the gospel group The Soul Stirrers."

His Eye Is on the Sparrow (2006, 4:17 mins, B&W/Color, DigiBeta, From Complex Corporation, thanks to Henry S. Rosenthal). Take the 5:10 to Dreamland (1977, 5.5 mins, Sepia). Valse Triste (1979, 5 mins, B&W). A Movie (1958, 12 mins, B&W). Marilyn Times Five [masked], 13.5 mins). The White Rose (1967, 7 mins, B&W). Breakaway (1966, 5 mins, B&W). Vivian (1964, 3 mins, B&W). Ten Second Film (1965, 10 sec, Silent, B&W). Cosmic Ray (1961, 4 mins, B&W). Looking for Mushrooms [masked], 3 mins, Color)
(Total running time: 62 mins.)

Pacific Film Archive Information and Directions

Tickets are $8 adults, $5 students and seniors.

6:30 Purchase tickets at PFA's Box Office (2575 Bancroft) then meet across the street at Cafe Milano (2522 Bancroft) for salads/sandwiches/coffee.

7:10 Head to PFA's theater (2575 Bancroft) to take our seats. The film program starts at 7:30.

8:45 We will meet afterwards at Caffe Strada (two blocks up Bancroft, at 2300 College) for conversation.

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