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Winter 2019

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    Dadli, by Shabier Kirchner

    Small, Real: Observation and the Mundane

    Date: January 10, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Theater

    Presented in conjunction with Kahlil Joseph’s film Fly Paper, which is the subject of a companion exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center, this program presents experimental film and video works that employ the constituent parts of Joseph’s practice, namely observation, musicality, and a documentary impulse.

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    To Fall, by Josh B Mabe

    And Magics: The films of Josh B Mabe, and his Chicago favorites

    Date: January 18, 2019
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Renowned Chicago-based filmmaker and programmer Josh B Mabe presents a selection of his films and videos made over the past decade as well as a selection of his favorite work from other Chicago-based artists.

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    The Buzzard, by Stephen Bezark

    The Films of Baum & Lo and Orphan Films from the Center Cinema Co-op

    Date: January 20, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

     A set of films, mysterious, some orphaned, from a stash from the Center Cinema Coop, based in Chicago from 1968-1978.  It's unknown whether any of these have ever played in Los Angeles before.  Presented by one maker, Thomas Baum, and Josh B Mabe.

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    Where the Chocolate Mountains

    Pat O’Neill: Where the Chocolate Mountains

    Date: January 27, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Filmforum is delighted to host a return screening of Pat O’Neill’s latest film, Where the Chocolate Mountains, which has only played once before in Los Angeles. 

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    I Can't Keep Up with Martha Colburn!

    Date: February 8, 2019
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Very limited tickets at the door, first-come, first served!  Los Angeles Filmforum is thrilled to welcome this genuine animation icon back to town for a screening of brand new work alongside lesser known films from her first years of filmmaking!

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    Berlin Horse, by Malcolm Le Grice

    Malcolm Le Grice: Before and After Cinema

    Date: February 11, 2019
    Time: 8:30pm
    Location: REDCAT

    The first of a few shows with UK legend Malcolm Le Grice for his first California screenings in decades!  Designated by the British Film Institute as “probably the most influential modernist filmmaker in British cinema,” Malcolm Le Grice achieved global significance in the 1970s as the doyen of the group of filmmakers centered on the London Filmmakers’ Coop. 

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    After Monet Water Lilies, by Malcolm Le Grice

    Malcolm Le Grice at USC

    Date: February 14, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: USC School of Cinematic Arts, The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, George Lucas Building lobby, SCA 112

    One of the most compellingly original and radical artist-theorists in the history of the post-war moving image, Le Grice has been innovating at the center and the fringes of time-based media for over fifty years, embracing and exploring the signification of images, multiple projection, and the materiality of media. A second evening, at USC.

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    Self Portrait After Raban Take Measure, by Malcolm Le Grice.

    Malcolm Le Grice, Here and Now

    Date: February 17, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    This program at Los Angeles Filmforum will span the full length of Malcolm Le Grice’s career thus far, from his first 8mm film China Tea (1965) to a world premiere new edit of his immersive multi-screen piece FINITI (2010), which combines abstract, observational, political, and personal material in an impressionistic and hypnotic homage to Vertov.

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    Remembrance A Portrait Study (1967)

    Private Imaginings: The Films of Edward Owens

    Date: March 3, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    In our screening with Josh Mabe on January 18 of some Chicago favorites, we were blown away by the film Remembrance: A Portrait Study, by Edward Owens, previously unknown to us.  In response, we’ve decided to screen all three of Owens’s films currently in distribution! Wens was a queer Black artist who made a small set of films in Chicago and New York, but by 1971 gave up filmmaking.  Come see these beautiful films, all made before Owens was 21.

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    Chums from Across the Void, by Jim Finn

    Jim Finn: Comedic Laments

    Date: March 10, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Filmforum welcomes back filmmaker Jim Finn with LA premieres of two of his latest indefinable humorous experimental works, along with two golden not-so-oldies.  "Steeped in the obsolete language of revolutionary art," The New York Times said Jim Finn's films "often play like unearthed artifacts from an alternate universe."

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    The Sky on Location, by Babette Mangolte

    Babette Mangolte: The Sky on Location

    Date: March 14, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Theater

    Artist Babette Mangolte joins us for a screening of her film The Sky on Location, a meditation on the American landscape.

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    Steve Paxton at Dia:Beacon, by Babette Mangolte

    Babette Mangolte: DANCE/ART/FILM

    Date: March 15, 2019
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Artist Babette Mangolte returns in person for a second night of films that further explore the range of her artistic output. Since the 1970s Mangolte has filmed and photographed dance and performance, in many cases producing documents that have become primary in the recollection and retelling of these works. Mangolte’s work captures the process and performance of dance, the dailiness of practice and the rigor and poetry of the form.

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    Death of the Gorilla, by Peter Mays

    Honoring Peter Mays, Los Angeles Treasure, part 1

    Date: March 17, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Our friend Peter Mays, who made films and paintings in Los Angeles since the 1960s, passed away on March 4, 2019.  We want to honor him by screening a variety of his works made over the past 59 years over two evenings. 

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    Sara Kathryn Arledge, c. 1931-1932. Photograph by Margrethe Mather.

    Interior Gardens: The Films of Sara Kathryn Arledge

    Date: March 24, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    In conjunction with the exhibition entitled Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment, at the Armory Center for the Arts, Filmforum is delighted to present all of Arledge’s films, with exhibition curator Irene Tsatsos and Filmforum founder Terry Cannon as guests!

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    Turn, by Peter Mays. World premiere.

    Honoring Peter Mays, Los Angeles Treasure, part 2

    Date: March 31, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Our friend Peter Mays passed away on March 4, 2019.  We honor him by screening a variety of his works made over the past 59 years.  In the second part of our retrospective, we focus on his wonderful video work.

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    Skin in the Game, by Ariana Gerstein

    Ariana Gerstein: Traces and Memories

    Date: April 7, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Ariana Gerstein joins us from New York to present her remarkable animations and experimental films, often using imagery created from scanners.