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Alternative Visions

September 7, 2011 - October 26, 2011

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© Jordan Belson, courtesy Center for Visual Music

Our annual avant-garde showcase Alternative Visions is presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course Avant-Garde Film, taught by Jeffrey Skoller. The fall 2011 lineup includes the edgy collage animations of Martha Colburn, as well as classic films by the great Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko and Russian director Dziga Vertov. Two nights are part of our ongoing exploration of alternative Bay Area cinema, Radical Light, one featuring rarely screened films from the “cosmic cinema” of Jordan Belson and the other the lyrical work of Chick Strand. A series curated by Film Studies graduate student Jennifer Pranolo, devoted to the films of Paul Sharits, is also part of our avant-garde cinema offerings.

Kathy Geritz, Film Curator

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
7:30 p.m. Martha Colburn’s Collage Animation
Martha Colburn (U.S., 1995–2011). Martha Colburn in person. An evening of the frantic animated cut-outs and low-tech collages of Martha Colburn, part punk-rock pleasure, part politicized edge. “Bordering on the outrageous, (with) crackling frame energy, Martha Colburn films are naked testimonials of our times, and of her generation” (Jonas Mekas). (75 mins)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
7:30 p.m. Ice
Robert Kramer (U.S., 1970). Legendary radical filmmaker Kramer turns to sci-fi thriller in this combination of political documentary, Orwellian dystopia, and radical-left guerrilla theory, all set in a locked-down, at-war America. “The most original and significant American narrative film of the late sixties/early seventies” (Jonas Mekas). (135 mins)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
7:30 p.m. A Sixth Part of the World
Dziga Vertov (U.S.S.R., 1926). Judith Rosenberg on piano. Vertov turned a commissioned film into “the next stage of cinema,” a Walt Whitmanesque ode to the vastness and diversity of the Soviet Union. With short Kino-Pravda No. 19. “If I had to choose the ten best documentaries of all time I’d call it preposterous but if there’s ONE to choose: A Sixth of the World” (Chris Marker). (92 mins)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
7:30 p.m. Zvenigora
Alexander Dovzhenko (U.S.S.R, 1928). Judith Rosenberg on piano. The great Ukrainian director Dovzhenko’s anthology of Ukrainian folk myths showcases his free-flowing, impressionist imagery. (73 mins)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
7:30 p.m. Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane
Jordan Belson (U.S., 1959–2005). Introduced by guest curator Cindy Keefer. An evening of the vibrant “cosmic cinema” of filmmaker Jordan Belson, “one of the greatest artists of visual music…(He) creates lush vibrant experiences of exquisite color and dynamic abstract phenomena evoking sacred celestial experiences” (William Moritz). (70 mins)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
7:30 p.m. Films of Chick Strand
Chick Strand (U.S., 1964–1986) New Preservation Prints! One of the founders of the seminal Canyon Cinema screenings, Chick Strand brought an intimate, sensuous sensibility to her lyrical portraits of people and places. Includes Fever Dream, Artificial Paradise, and Strand’s last completed film. (70 mins)