Today's Film Programs
|Sunday, October 26, 2014|
|Activate Yourself: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty|
KPFA on the Air|
Veronica Selver, Sharon Wood (US, 2000)
|Discovering Georgian Cinema|
Nikoloz Shengelaia (USSR, 1928)
Current Film Series
September 3 - November 19
Our annual fall series featuring avant-garde cinema includes guest presentations by filmmakers Mary Helena Clark, Laura Heit, Jerome Hiler, Adele Horne, Linda Scobie, Karly Stark, and Pawel Wojtasik. We also offer a centennial tribute to local luminary James Broughton and Craig Baldwin helps us celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Artists' Television Access. Plus wo programs explore expanded projections, films with two images side by side or superimposed.
Eyes Wide: The Films of Stanley Kubrick |
September 4 - October 31
This complete Kubrick retrospective begins with his first feature, 1953’s Fear and Desire, an existentialist exercise in the futility of war, and ends with Eyes Wide Shut, an absurdist exercise in the depths of the erotic, released after his death in 1999. These thirteen films, made over a span of forty-six years, reveal the ever-curious, pessimistic, and meticulous mind of one our great directors.
Activate Yourself: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty|
September 11 - October 30
Activate Yourself brings together punchy, probing documentaries and feature films that testify to the expansive influence of the Free Speech Movement, born on the UC Berkeley campus fifty years ago this October. Expect a bevy of special guests at each screening, including veteran activists, experts on free speech, filmmakers, and others who witnessed Berkeley in the sixties. But don’t just watch, activate.
Discovering Georgian Cinema|
September 26 - April 19
Inspired by BAM/PFA’s significant holdings of Soviet Georgian films, Discovering Georgian Cinema explores the rich cinematic tradition that has emerged from this distinctive cultural milieu during the past century. Including over fifty programs presented over seven months, this series offers multiple opportunities to encounter an impressive range of stylistic approaches and thematic concerns, as well as lyrical depictions of Georgia’s spectacular landscape.
Film Course: Spotlight on Georgian Cinema|
September 29 - October 27
A five-week film course offered in conjunction with the series Discovering Georgian Cinema, gives you the opportunity to view 35mm archival prints and learn more about Georgian history, geography, and culture, as well as the stylistic traditions of Georgian cinema, from leading authorities.
Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien|
October 10 - December 14
We are pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien, “the world’s greatest working narrative filmmaker” (J. Hoberman), who first came to prominence as a key figure of the New Taiwan Cinema movement of the 1980s. Our series begins in October with Hou’s early works, including screenings of his first three, extremely rare commercial films. The series continues through mid-December, with such acclaimed titles as Dust in the Wind, Flowers of Shanghai, and Café Lumière.
Upcoming Film Series
I’m Weiwei: Activism, Free Expression, Human Rights|
November 2 - December 11
A series in solidarity, I’m Weiwei addresses many of the issues that confront the great Chinese artist Ai Weiwei—basic human rights, free expression, incarceration, abuses of state power. Innovative documentaries offer portraits of men and women who have found themselves actively engaged, whether in response to unexpected circumstance or as a result of a calculated allegiance to a cause. Includes Ai’s newest film, Ai Weiwei's Appeal ¥15,220,910.50, and special guests in person at most screenings.
Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema|
November 8 - December 13
Godard’s films from the 1980s, the focus of this installment in our ongoing retrospective, mark a (relative) return to narrative. Genres from slapstick to detective stories are mined, juxtaposition and fragmentation are enlisted, and sound and image angle for supremacy. Ultimately, though, Godard continues to interrogate what cinema means to him. "The(se) films . . . are arguably deeper, more technically accomplished, and more daring than the early ones" (Richard Brody, The New Yorker).