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Spring 2018

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    Black Panthers, by Agnès Varda

    1968: Black Panthers and Black Power

    Date: March 25, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    First in a series this year of films from and on 1968, the program highlights the actions of the real Black Panthers in films by the Panthers and Agnès Varda.  Following those is a document of a student strike at San Francisco State University, and the Los Angeles premiere of a rediscovered film by Amiri Baraka looking at cultural and political actions by African-Americans in Newark in 1968!

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    Rat Film

    Rat Film

    Date: April 8, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    "Rat Film" is a documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them-to explore the history of Baltimore.  Producers Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo in person!

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    Mothlight, by Stan Brakhage, Courtesy of the Estate of Stan Brakhage and Fred Camper (www.fredcamper.com)

    Metaphors on Vision: Films by Stan Brakhage

    Date: April 13, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theatre, Hammer Museum,

    The first of three nights of films by Stan Brakhage.  Tonight's program presents key early films that Stan Brakhage made while he was writing Metaphors on Vision, works that inaugurated a radically new form of first-person cinema, preceded by a talk by Thomas Beard.

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    Songs, by Stan Brakhage, courtesy of the estate of Stan Brakhage

    Metaphors on Vision: Films by Stan Brakhage – Selected Songs

    Date: April 14, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theatre, Hammer Museum

    The second of three nights of films by Stan Brakhage.  Tonight’s program includes rarely screened 16mm versions of Songs 1-7 and the monumental anti-war lament, Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, considered by many to be one of Brakhage’s greatest films. 

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    Panels for the Walls of Heaven. Image courtesy of the Estate of Stan Brakhage and Fred Camper (www.fredcamper.com)

    Stan Brakhage: Life, Death, And The Elements

    Date: April 15, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    New Restorations From The Academy Film Archive!  The third of three nights of films by Stan Brakhage, this selection of five films pairs an early, celebrated masterpiece (Scenes From Under Childhood), a truly monumental but neglected work made the year before his death (Panels for the Walls of Heaven), and three more films that touch on some of Brakhage's most recurring and fundamental themes. 

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    Anagrams of Light, by Malena Szlam

    Inexistent Time: A Retrospective of Malena Szlam

    Date: April 20, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Working in 35mm, 16mm, Super 8mm, and digital formats,  Chilean-born Montréal-based filmmaker Malena Szlam’s silent, poetic, and ethereal compositions explore notions of time, self, the natural world and materiality. 

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    Through The Margin Of Mirrors

    Through the Margin of Mirrors: a Lecture/Performance by Malena Szlam

    Date: April 21, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    In this lecture/performance, Szlam will draw from her writing and personal visual film archive to compose an ephemeral re-enactment of her 2010 installation piece Through The Margin Of Mirrors.  The performance will be followed by a special screening of short experimental works by international filmmakers, curated by Szlam.

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    James N. Kienitz Wilkins

    The Andre Trilogy: Three Films by James N. Kienitz Wilkins

    Date: April 29, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: The Downtown Independent

    One of most exciting and unpredictable filmmakers working today, Brooklyn’s James N. Kienitz Wilkins, presents the Los Angeles premiere of the Andre Trilogy, three films that helped establish Wilkins’ playfully provocative, self-reflexive sensibility.

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    At the Hour of Tea, dir. Paul Sietsema, courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

    Still Moving: Cinema, Photography, and the Real

    Date: May 10, 2018
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Theater

    Conceived in conjunction with the exhibition at MOCA Grand Ave., Real Worlds: Brassäi, Arbus, Goldin, this program offers a series of thought-provoking films and videos that operate between the still and the moving image.

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    May Days (Grands soirs et petits matins), by William Klein

    May Days (Grands soirs et petits matins), by William Klein

    Date: May 27, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    William Klein's documentary about May 1968. Shot in black and white with a hand-held camera, this is the most precious, balanced and disturbing account we have of the spirit of May '68.

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    The Sea Stares at Us From Afar / El Mar Nos Mira de Lejos

    LA OLA: The Sea Stares at Us From Afar

    Date: June 3, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    The 4th showcase of the best independent contemporary films from Spain, LA OLA brings the award-winning film with the maker. 

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    In the Intense Now, by João Moreira Salles

    Date: June 12, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Downtown Independent

    Part 3 of 1968: Visions of Possibilities, In the Intense Now explores the revolutions of 1968 as they unfolded across four different countries and their political environments: France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil.  

    “History made poetic, hypnotic in its provocation.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety