Blog . 9/22-27: !women Art Revolution, Ann Arbor Film Fest, Aurora & Much More!
WOMEN ART REVOLUTION traces history of late-20th century feminist art Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Judy Chicago, Yoko Ono, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, and other groundbreaking women artists (many of them also filmmakers) are featured in !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION , a new "secret history" of Feminist Art by director Lynn Hershman Leeson (a Cleveland Institute of Art grad based in San Francisco). The film includes conversations with artists, archival film clips, samples of work, and observations by curators and critics. All of them shed light on one of the most important visual-art movements of the last century. Go to !WAR on Thursday, Friday, or Sunday. The recent dawning of Romanian cinema continues with acclaimed AURORA AURORA , Cristi Puiu's first film since his universally-acclaimed THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, is another Romanian masterwork. Working again in long form (the film lasts 181 minutes), Puiu methodically charts how an unhappy, divorced, middle-aged metallurgist with two children reaches his breaking point -- and commits a horrendous crime. Adults can catch this 2010 New York Film Festival selection on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer. WENT THE DAY WELL? Yes, if you see this unforgettable, rediscovered British gem It takes a village to defeat the Nazis in Alberto Cavalcanti's WENT THE DAY WELL? (1942), a thrilling, one-of-a-kind British WWII propaganda film produced by Ealing Studios, the company best known for their eccentric comedies like KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS and THE LAVENDER HILL MOB. Set in the fictitious town of Bramley End, the movie visualizes the Brits' worst wartime nightmare-a German invasion of their homeland-and recounts how ordinary citizens (including housewives and well-bred ladies) band together to outwit the "Jerries" who have infiltrated their ranks. Based on a Graham Greene story, this forgotten curiosity is a major rediscovery that garnered rave reviews when it was revived in May in NYC. Time Out New York awarded it five stars (its highest rating), calling it "the sort of cinematic ecstasy that makes us obsessed with movies in the first place!" Don't miss it on Friday or Saturday. Here's the trailer. See new indie shorts in 16MM FILMS FROM THE 49th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL It takes guts to make movies on 16mm film in this digital age, but fortunately there are contrarians who still do it. Nine "Luddites" from various parts of the U.S. (and one from Canada) are represented in 16MM FILMS FROM THE 49TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL , a program of new shorts from the latest edition of America's oldest showcase for independent and experimental cinema. Two highlights are "Ray's Birds," a new work by Chicago's Deborah Stratman, and "The Florestine Collection" (pictured above), the final film by activist and experimental animator Helen Hill, who was murdered by an intruder in New Orleans in 2007. The 31-min. "Florestine Collection" was inspired by Hill's discovery of over 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile one Mardi Gras. Hill decided to make a movie about the woman who had created them (a recently-deceased African-American seamstress), but met misfortune when the dresses and parts of her film were damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Nevertheless she persevered-and the completed movie, finished by her husband Paul Gailiunas after her death, contains silhouette, cut-out, and puppet animation as well as clips from home movies. Special admission to this program is $10; members and CIA I.D. holders $8. But those ages 25 & under will still be admitted for only $5 (with proof of age). Click here for a complete list of 16mm films to be shown. Jacques Tourneur's 1950 drama STARS IN MY CROWN receives rare screening A gun-totin' preacher (Joel McCrea) tries to civilize a frontier town in the post-bellum South in STARS IN MY CROWN , a little-known 1950 drama by Jacques Tourneur, director of CAT PEOPLE, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, and OUT OF THE PAST. Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who appears in person at the Cinematheque on October3, regards it as one of his "top 100" films of all time. According to Rosenbaum, STARS IN MY CROWN is "one of the most neglected films in the history cinema as well as Jacques Tourneur's favorite among his own pictures." Catch it Thursday night. Print this post and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Here's the trailer. Visting performance artist Bruce McClure presents dazzling light & sound show entitled ARE WE FAIRLY REPRESENTED? Bruce McClure is a Brooklyn, New York artist whose singular 16mm projector performances have been acclaimed at major film venues and art museums around the world-from the New York, Toronto, and Rotterdam International Film Festivals to the Walker Art Center, Wexner Center, and Whitney Biennial. McClure runs film loops of alternating black and clear frames (and some representational footage) through multiple modified projectors that he manipulates by hand. By adding color gels, metal plates in the projector's shoe assembly, guitar effects pedals, a mixer, and loudspeakers, McClure constructs an immersive environment of light formations that throb and flicker to a relentless, bone-rattling beat. Though McClure is more of a conjurer or "projector player" than a filmmaker (he writes that his "projection performances transfix film in headlights, flatten it and leave it behind as roadkill"), he nevertheless uses the archaic technology of motion pictures to create a new, overwhelming kind of sensory, sculptural "cinema." On Tuesday, September 27 McClure will present two different (and unique) 45-minute performances representing the two major strains in his work (basically "representational" and "abstract"). The first performance, ARE WE FAIRLY REPRESENTED? , consists of "Insecure of Footing Their Beaks Are Too Soft To Inflict a Wound" from his 2008-10 series "Pie Pellicane Jesu Domine." In the show, according to McClure, "Tableaus of bird behavior are served up to the analytic prowess of the projector as dimorphic sandwiches consisting of a camera shot of pelican activity bi-packed with pounding light pistons of base and emulsion." No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be honored for this special show. Above photo: Robin Martin. Bruce McClure to startle nightowls with second projector performance THIS DOES NOT ACCORD WITH MY EXPERIENCE In THIS DOES NOT ACCORD WITH MY EXPERIENCE , the second projector performance that Bruce McClure will present on September 27 (see previous block), the NYC artist will examine Kant's analytic proposition "all bachelors are unhappy," subjecting it to his own model for a synthetic critique of pure reason. In McClure's practice, patterned loops of base frames (translucent) and emulsion (murky) are wed as unnatural figures-superimpositions before the eye of a projector gate and the ear of optical sound-before the couple is pilloried before an assembly of nerve endings." No passes, twofers, or radio winners. Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum coming 10/3 Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of America's most prominent film critics, will appear in person at the Cinematheque on Monday, October 3, at 7:00 pm. Rosenbaum will introduce and discuss one of his favorite films, WARSAW BRIDGE, a 1990 feature by Catalan underground filmmaker Pere Portabella. Rosenbaum (b. 1943) was the lead film critic for The Chicago Reader from 1987 to 2008. He is the author of numerous books, among them Moving Places: A Life in the Movies (1980); Midnight Movies (1983, with J. Hoberman); Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Conspire to Limit What Films We Can See (2000); and Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia: Film Culture in Transition (2010). Likened by Jean-Luc Godard to legendary film critics James Agee and André Bazin, Rosenbaum is a regular contributor to the world's major film magazines and a longtime blogger at JonathanRosenbaum.com. He has always been a tireless advocate for overlooked and underseen movies-not just foreign-language films and experimental cinema, but lesser known works by great and famous American directors. A selection of Rosenbaum's "top 100" movies (as listed in his 2004 book Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons) is being shown by the Cinematheque during the weeks before and after his visit. Jonathan Rosenbaum's Cinematheque appearance comes courtesy of the Speakers Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CWRU. Special thanks is due to CWRU professor Linda Ehrlich. Films This Week Thu., Sept. 22, at 6:45 pm Jacques Tourneur's STARS IN MY CROWN Thu., Sept. 22, at 8:35pm Sat., Sept. 24, at 6:55pm Sun., Sept. 25, at 4:15pm History of recent feminist art !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION Fri., Sept. 23, at 7:30pm Sat., Sept. 24, at 5:00pm Unknown British masterpiece WENT THE DAY WELL? Fri., Sept. 23, at 9:25 pm New indie short films! 16MM FILMS FROM THE 49th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL Sat.,Sept. 24, at 8:40 pm Sun., Sept. 25, at 6:30 pm Acclaimed Romanian drama AURORA Films Next Week Tue., Sept. 27, at 7:00 pm A Special Event! ARE WE FAIRLY REPRESENTED? Live Projector Performance by Bruce McClure Tue., Sept. 27, at 8:30 pm A Special Event! THIS DOES NOT ACCORD WITH MY EXPERIENCE Live Projector Performance by Bruce McClure Thu., Sept. 29, at 6:45 pm Sun., Oct. 2, at 6:30 pm WORLD ON A WIRE Fri., Sept. 30, at 7:15 pm Sat., Oct. 1, at 5:15 pm DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST Fri., Sept. 30, at 9:30pm Sat., Oct. 1, at 7:30pm LEAP YEAR Sat., Oct. 1, at 9:25pm Sun., Oct. 2, at 3:30pm LOVE STREAMS Mon., Oct. 3, at 7:00pm Jonathan Rosenbaum in Person! WARSAW BRIDGE The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque 2011 The Cleveland Institute of Art. All rights reserved.