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Alternative Visions

September 1, 2009 - October 27, 2009

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Chromatic Cocktail, September 8

PFA’s avant-garde showcase is curated by Kathy Geritz. The fall season of Alternative Visions is presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course Avant-Garde Film, taught by Jeffrey Skoller.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
7:30 p.m. Essential Visual Music: Rare Classics
Mary Ellen Bute, Charles Dockum, Jules Engel, Oskar Fischinger, David Lebrun, John Stehura, Jud Yalkut (1926–78). From 1920s German film experiments to light-show psychedelia, this program from the Center for Visual Music highlights the evolving technology and artistic sophistication of visual music and experimental animation. (75 mins)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
7:30 p.m. Speechless: Recent Experimental Animation
Martha Colburn, Lori Hiris, Ken Jacobs, Lewis Klahr, Kerry Laitala, Scott Stark, Jim Trainor, Fae Yamaguchi (U.S., 2006–2009). Kerry Laitala in person. Eight vibrant and haunting artist-made films represent a range of avant-garde animation, from cutout collage and puppet animation to 3-D images and chalk drawings. (72 mins)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
7:30 p.m. Portrait of Jason
Shirley Clarke (U.S., 1967). Clarke’s portrait of an African American gay prostitute and aspiring nightclub performer is “a pioneering study of the cinema verité movement—a record of Jason conversing, performing, confessing, dissolving. It’s an intense, commanding film.”—Chicago Reader (105 mins)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
7:30 p.m. Look Through the Window: The Films of Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy (U.S., 2003–2009). Chris Kennedy in person. The Toronto-based filmmaker presents his materialist cinema, which explores place, framing, and the intersection of found footage and text. (64 mins)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
7:30 p.m. Brief Eternity: Bay Area Student Film Festival 2009
(U.S., 2008–2009). Artists in person. These kaleidoscopic visions reflect the way a new generation of college students views the world. (60 mins)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
7:30 p.m. Exilée
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (U.S., 1980). Introduction and reading by Constance Lewallen. Special location: Museum Theater. We celebrate the publication of a new book of the Conceptual artist’s writings with a rare screening of this installation work. (50 mins plus reading)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
7:30 p.m. Nervous Magic Lantern Performance: Towards the Depths of the Even Greater Depression
Ken Jacobs (U.S., 2009). Ken Jacobs in person. A rare opportunity to see a live performance of one of Jacobs’s marvelous inventions, the Nervous Magic Lantern, which uses pre-cinema technology to create startling, mesmerizing images. With shorts Opening the 19th Century: 1896 and Capitalism: Child Labor. (85 mins)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
7:30 p.m. Sun Xun: The Dark Magician of New Chinese Animation
Sun Xun (China, 2004–2008). Sun Xun in person. In this rare U.S. presentation of his animation œuvre, this Chinese artist and filmmaker will present a variety of short films that range from a witty experiment in body art to an evocation of China’s checkered voyage toward technological and political modernity. (60 mins)