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Alternative Visions

November 2, 2011 - November 30, 2011

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Our annual series of experimental films, presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course on avant-garde film taught by Jeffrey Skoller, continues in November with four programs. To celebrate the publication of Skoller’s book, POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg, we present the West Coast premiere of a new film by cinema essayist Daniel Eisenberg, who will be in person to discuss it. Collage filmmaker Lewis Klahr joins us for a presentation of his short films; we screen a classic James Benning film; and we feature an evening of recent experimental films, fresh from the Wavelengths program at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Kathy Geritz, Film Curator

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
7:30 p.m. The Unstable Object
Daniel Eisenberg (U.S./Germany/Turkey, 2011) West Coast Premiere. Introduced by Jeffrey Skoller. Daniel Eisenberg In Person. What do luxury automobiles in Germany, wall clocks in Chicago, and cymbals in Istanbul have in common? Daniel Eisenberg’s latest film is an elegant and visually sensual essay on contemporary models of production. Presented in celebration of the publication of POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg. On November 3, Daniel Eisenberg will present his 1997 film Persistence at San Francisco Cinematheque. (69 mins)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
7:30 p.m. El Valley Centro
James Benning (U.S., 1999). Benning, master of landscape films and “one of the most fascinating figures in U.S. independent cinema since the 1970s” (Austrian Filmmuseum), turned his lens to the crop dusters, oil rigs, and huge fields of California’s Central Valley in this contemplative, fascinating work. (90 mins)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
7:30 p.m. Space is the Place: Recent Avant-Garde Shorts
Straight from the Toronto International Film Festival’s groundbreaking Wavelengths program, this compilation features recent films and videos that deal with place. Includes new works by T. Marie, Chris Kennedy, Mark Lewis, Ben Rivers, Kevin Jerome Everson, Sophie Michael, Blake Williams, Eriko Sonoda, and John Price. (93 mins)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
7:30 p.m. Flotsam and Jetsam: The Spray of History
Films by Lewis Klahr

Lewis Klahr in person. One of the most important collage filmmakers of the American avant-garde, Klahr uses cut-outs from a range of mass culture print and sound sources to create his short films. Tonight's selection comprises a kind of private archive of transitional moments in twentieth-century American society. Lewis Klahr will appear at San Francisco Cinematheque on December 2 with his newest series, Prolix Satori. (76 mins)

The November 2 program is copresented with San Francisco Cinematheque; thanks to UC Berkeley’s Department of Film and Media for its support in bringing Daniel Eisenberg to the Bay Area. Flotsam and Jetsam: The Spray of History, Films by Lewis Klahr (November 30) is copresented with San Francisco Cinematheque. All works in Space is the Place (November 16) are drawn from this year’s Wavelengths program at the Toronto International Film Festival—our gratitude to its curator, Andréa Picard. Series presented with support from the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Endowment.