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Alternative Visions

September 4, 2013 - November 20, 2013


Our annual series highlighting experimental cinema begins with an exciting array of recent animation, with many artists in person, including the multitalented Nancy Andrews. The animations vary from the handmade—collaging cutout images and everyday objects, or using puppets and felt-tip sketches—to the digital. Filmmaking alchemists Phil Solomon and Abigail Child travel to the Bay Area to present works from their long careers. Each deconstructs narrative and history in surprising, innovative ways. Solomon’s rhapsodic, dreamlike films radically extend the possibilities of imagemaking. Abigail Child’s exhilarating examinations of gesture, gender, and desire dovetail with a recent documentary on the visionary New York artist Carolee Schneemann. We also present new videos from emerging Bay Area filmmakers. Each program is introduced by an artist, critic, or curator from the community.

Kathy Geritz, Film Curator

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
7:00 p.m. Phantom Limbs and Mad Scientists: The Films of Nancy Andrews
Nancy Andrews (U.S., 2009–10). Nancy Andrews in person. Two comedic horror musical documentary animations comprising drawn imagery, puppets, live action, archival footage, and songs written and performed by Andrews. (60 mins)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
7:00 p.m. Lost and Found: Recent Experimental Animation
Lawrence Jordan, Kerry Laitala, James Sansing, Stacey Steers in person. Whether dreamscapes or videoscapes, hand-painted films or videos painted with computer pixels, the works in this program suggest the diversity evident in recent experimental animation. Also includes work by T. Marie, Jodie Mack, and Evan Meaney. (54 mins)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
7:00 p.m. Holy Motors
Leos Carax (France, 2012). Introduced by Jeffrey Skoller. An audacious, surreal film that shifts from the everyday to the realm of science fiction, via the extraordinary roleplaying of Denis Lavant. Indiewire Critics Poll Best Film of 2012. (115 mins)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
7:00 p.m. Belonging: Bay Area Student Film Festival 2013
Student filmmakers in person. Student curators in person. The films in this year’s festival reveal the myriad themes that preoccupy the minds of young filmmakers across the Bay Area. (94 mins)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00 p.m. Breaking the Frame
Marielle Nitoslawska (Canada, 2012). Introduced by Anne Walsh. A sensual, highly textured meditation on the creative process of artist Carolee Schneemann, intermixing the artist's personal reflections with documentation of her art. (100 mins)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
7:00 p.m. Image Alchemy: The Films of Phil Solomon
Phil Solomon (U.S., 1983–2013). Phil Solomon in person. New Restorations! “Over a three-decade career, filmmaker Phil Solomon has established himself as one of the great visionary artists of American experimental cinema” (National Gallery of Art). (69 mins)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Films of Abigail Child
Abigail Child (U.S., 1983–2013). Abigail Child in person. Works spanning thirty years of the filmmaker's career, from 16mm to digital, that reveal Child's roots in language poetry, and feature her genre-jumping juxtapositions of public and private histories. (73 mins)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Films of Peter Hutton: A Sense of Place
Peter Hutton (U.S., 1990–97). Introduced by Federico Windhausen. Hutton’s meditative, silent portraits of place “offer lessons in the art of seeing and fashioning images that make you wonder how anyone could produce something simultaneously so humble and so astounding." (Tom Gunning). (61 mins)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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Susana de Sousa Dias (Portugal, 2009). Susana de Sousa Dias and Nuno Lisboa in conversation. De Sousa Dias’s remarkable, hypnotic film is composed of photographs taken upon the arrest of political prisoners during the forty-eight years of the Portuguese dictatorial regime. (93 mins)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:00 p.m. Your Day Is My Night
Lynne Sachs (U.S., 2013). Lynne Sachs in person. Introduced by Jeanne C. Finley. Sachs’s hybrid documentary, combining autobiographical monologues with verité conversations, captures the personal and political stories of seven Chinese immigrants who share cramped apartments and even beds in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In conjunction with the Berkeley Film & Media Seminar. (64 mins)

Presented in conjunction with Jeffrey Skoller’s UC Berkeley course on avant-garde film. Alternative Visions is made possible by the support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Belonging: Bay Area Student Film Festival 2013 (October 2) is presented with additional support from the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Endowment.