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Fall 2018

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    Ex Utero, by Michelle Dizon, image courtesy of the artist

    Deconstructing Portraiture: Embodied Landscapes

    Date: September 13, 2018
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Theater

    Deconstructing Portraiture: Embodied Landscapes presents film and video works that employ portraiture in their formally-varied visual odes to femme embodiment and its subversive potential to evade surveillance, mourn, and heal.  Four Los Angeles premieres, and filmmaker Michelle Dizon in person!

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    Half a Life

    Half a Life (Mourir À Trente Ans) by Romain Goupil

    Date: September 16, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    1968: Visions of Possibilities, part 8. Perhaps the best film about the May 1968 left-wing uprising in Paris (and its dispiriting aftermath), Romain Goupil’s autobiographical documentary draws upon his own ample you-are-there film footage, shot over 12 years as events unfolded.  This winner of the Caméra d’Or at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival is undistributed in the U.S. so don’t miss seeing it in a DCP from France that is temporarily in North America.

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    Hale County, This Morning, This Evening

    Date: September 20, 2018
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: Downtown Independent

    An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, Hale County This Morning, This Evening looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years.  Winner of U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at the Sundance Film Festival, 2018.  Director RaMell Ross in person!

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    Napalm

    Napalm, A Tribute to Claude Lanzmann

    Date: September 24, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: The Downtown Independent

    The Los Angeles premiere of the last film by Claude Lanzmann, director of Shoah.  

    “A mini-masterpiece... to my mind one of the year’s most romantic films.” - Christopher Small, Sight & Sound

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    The Guests

    The Guests, by Ken Jacobs

    Date: October 9, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: The Downtown Independent

    Los Angeles premiere, with Ken & Flo Jacobs in person!  

    "Ken Jacobs does more than extend the time (and space) of the original footage: he invites us to see in a way that we have never seen before." (Bozar Centre for Fine Arts)

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    I Choose Darkness, 2009, by Karen Yasinsky

    Karen Yasinsky: Perpetual Motion

    Date: October 19, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Karen Yasinsky makes simple and complex animations that are charming, resonant, beautiful, and a bit mysterious. Several LA premieres, with Yasinsky in person!

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    From the Notebook of ... by Robert Beavers

    Still Light: Films by Robert Beavers

    Date: October 24, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: The Downtown Independent

    Robert Beavers in person with the LA premiere of his "masterpiece" "From the Notebook of ... " and "The Stoas"!

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    Half-Moon for Margaret (Halbmond für Margaret), by Ute Aurand

    Nature Preserves What The People Forget: The Films of Ute Aurand Part 1

    Date: October 25, 2018
    Time: 8:00pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    Berlin-based filmmaker Ute Aurand presents several of her films in Los Angeles for the first time, in dialogue with selected works by Margaret Tait.  Stemming from the lyrical tradition of diary filmmaking and artisanal practices, her active and playful films emphasize the natural and social worlds through intimate forms of portraiture. 

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    Terzen, by Ute Aurand

    In and Around a House: Ute Aurand and Margaret Tait

    Date: October 28, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    For our second screening with Ute Aurand, two longer works by Margaret Tait and Ute Aurand are paired. In their breadth and structure, these films give a sense of how these filmmakers cultivate a working practice that prizes the immediate details felt around them.

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    One Plus One, by Jean-Luc Godard. Courtesy ABKCO.

    One Plus One, by Jean-Luc Godard

    Date: November 8, 2018
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Theater

    Featuring the Rolling Stones!  Official Los Angeles Premiere of new 4K Restoration of Godard’s original cut, not seen at a proper public screening in Los Angeles since the 1970s, if ever!

    Introduction by Tony Richmond, Cinematographer !

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    Barbara Hammer, photo by Eric McNatt

    Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Mediated Sensuality

    Date: November 9, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer, Museum

    The opening night of a five-night retrospective of the amazing films of Barbara Hammer, with the inimitable Hammer in person this opening weekend!  Book signing starts at 6:30 pm.  Don't miss it!

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    Stress Scars and Pleasure Wrinkles

    Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Prismatic Autobiography

    Date: November 10, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum,

    Barbara Hammer in person, book signing starts at 6:30 pm!  Lustrous not only in their shimmering hues but in their ecstatic, deeply emotional, and highly personal narratives, these three works evoke an artist’s active attempts to define herself and self-compose a herstory leaving indelible marks on lesbian feminist cinema in the process.

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    Superdyke

    Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Declarations of Identity

    Date: November 17, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

    A mix of pseudo-documentary, role-play, and traditional documentation of Hammer’s international audiences combine to create an engaged intervention of queer and feminist testimony in the socially- and politically-charged climate of the 1970s and ‘80s.

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    The Festival of (In)appropriation #10

    Date: November 18, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    The Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short-form, audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and redeploy them in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. This year marks the culmination of the Festival’s first decade!

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    Generations

    Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Ecstatic Subjectivity

    Date: December 8, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

    Throughout her career, many of Hammer’s more visually ecstatic works reveal a psychedelic thread running through her filmography, from her 1968 debut Schizy, to one of her final works on 16mm, Generations (made with Joey Carducci).  Here we highlight these films.

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    Dream Age

    Barbara Hammer, Superdyke: Hall of Mirrors

    Date: December 15, 2018
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

    Composed entirely of recently restored films from the Academy Film Archive, this program explores various modes of self-envisionment, a strong, recurring theme throughout Hammer’s art practice.