Starbound: New Videos by Mike Kuchar
Sunday April 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum, the Free Form Film Festival, and Video Data Bank Present:
Starbound New Videos by Mike Kuchar
With Mike Kuchar, Free Form Film festival Curator Ryan Wylie, and Video Data Bank Collection Manager Tom Colley in person!
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
Mike Kuchar returns to Filmforum with new video works. Mixing the romantic yearnings of poetic souls, strapping young men, and the eloquent and peculiar fascination that he has for aliens and architecture, Mike Kuchar continues to produce his own unique brand of video art. Join us for a very special evening, which will probably include a couple of Mike's actors as well.
We're delighted to partner with the Free Form Film Festival this weekend, and are really honored to have Mike Kuchar in person for both evenings as well. We also have, from VDB, Tom Colley, who has been overseeing the preservation work on the Kuchar videos.
Total running time 97 minutes.
Echo's Garden (2010, DV video, color, stereo, 4:3, 11 min.)
"Great woods, you frighten me like some cathedral's gloom, and awaken pastoral pipes on pagan heights." -- Mike Kuchar
Dumped (2009, DV video, Color,Stereo, 4:3, 10:20 min.)
Life staggers on... and the horrors in one's existence continue.
Animal (2009, DV video, color, stereo, 4:30, 16:38 min.)
Masked men prowling in the bushes and not touching anything but satin, dandelions and flesh.
The Stone Boy (2011, DV Video, color, stereo, 16:9, 6 min)
Filmed in Los Angeles, featuring Huckleberry Lain
He hears the whispers of gargoyles in a hall of heavy stone. -- Mike Kuchar
Midnight Suite (2011, DV video, color, stereo, 16:9, 6 min)
Featuring Monica Angrand.
Run, unholy woman; your passions deceive you!-- Mike Kuchar
Starbound (2012, DV Video, Color, Stereo, 16:9, 47 min.)
At the 'Institute for Metaphysical Research and Spiritual Wellness', crackpots, perverts and guitar strumming UFO abductees struggle with the supernatural and their own carnal needs. -- Mike Kuchar
"A story of galactic pollination and entropic aloneness with a caricaturesque, cosmogasmic, orchestral ensemble of hints and hits and carbon glittered glints of unbound chemical incontinence." Ryan Wylie
Mike Kuchar, cinematographer, painter and writer and brother of George Kuchar, was born in New York City. He began making 8mm movies in the 1950's, switching over to 16mm film production in 1960, and continues now, producing short motion pictures in the video and digital formats. Mike and George Kuchar were the co-recipients of the "Vanguard Director Award" at the 11th CineVegas Film Festival, 2009, and the 2009 "Frameline Award" at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. http://www.vdb.org/artists/mike-kuchar
"Film purists," says Mike, "tend to snub the digital medium--but as far as I'm concerned, if it allows the image to move and make noise, I'll gladly use it... and the format fits perfectly into my budgets too!"
Ryan Wylie has crafted documentaries about reproductive healthcare in the Peruvian Andes, the death penalty, the Sanctuary movement, Amazonian spiritual herbalism, indigenous land entitlement in Mexico, and many other topics of social importance.
His efforts as a filmmaker/activist have led to the reversal of two Missouri Supreme Court precedents and the release of an innocent man from death row. His works have been screened for diverse audiences, from the UN Human Rights Council to the Montreal Ethnographic Film Festival.
In addition to his work as a maker and teacher, Wylie is also co-founder/curator of the Free Form Film Festival, where he has traveled as a curator and video performer, organizing over 120 public art events since 2003.
The Free Form Film Festival has curated/organized over 120 public art events, bringing experimental media, documentary, and mixed media performances to small and large communities alike. In addition to a screening/lecture/performance series in Salt Lake City and Denver, FFFF has peppered the SF bay area with independent experimental presentations since our festival premiere in 2003. Most recently, FFFF guest curated for the LIMITED ACCESS IV festival in Tehran and the annual event, Night Light, at SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
Tom Colley, Collection Manager, Video Data Bank
Tom manages technical services at the Video Data Bank, and is responsible for everything archival in nature. His main activities involve preserving and digitizing the collection. In addition, Tom collaborates in running the ButcherShop, an artist run studio space. He received a Bachelor's degree in Art and Anthropology from Oberlin College, and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He is also an active member of AMIA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists.
Video Data Bank
Founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, the Video Data Bank (VDB) is a leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB Collection includes the work of more than 550 artists and 5,500 video art titles, 2,500+ in active distribution.
The VDB makes its Collection available to museums, galleries, educational institutions, libraries, cultural institutions and exhibitors through a national and international distribution service, and works to foster a deeper understanding of video art, and to broaden access and exposure to media art histories through its programs and activities. These include preservation of historically important works of video art, the perpetuation of analog and digital archives, publishing of curated programs and artists' monographs, the commissioning of essays and texts that contextualize artists' work, and an extensive range of public programs. www.vdb.org
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
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