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Flying Fish and Dream Portraits: Short Films by Marie Losier
The Velaslavasay Panorama
Los Angeles, CA
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Flying Fish and Dream Portraits: Short Films by Marie Losier
Sunday July 10, 2011, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Flying Fish and Dream Portraits: Short Films by Marie Losier
Marie Losier in person!

Marie Losier is in town to show her marvelous feature documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye at Outfest on July 9, and we are delighted to host her with a selection of her short films.  These films are whimsical fantasies and fragmented portraits, the former in a tradition of Kuchar and Jack Smith, the latter capturing essential qualities of some of the great artists of our time.  Filled with color, humor, and cinematic delights, with collaborators such as Guy Maddin, Mike and George Kuchar, and Richard Foreman.

Note the new location for tonight's show!  A great venue.  Save time for the garden and the panorama!
At the Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 746-2166

Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members
Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.  

Electrocute Your Stars (2004, 16mm, color, sound, 8 min.)
With George Kuchar."You always have to be careful, you always have to have the shower backward in order to see the water, which means you better watch out, or you might electrify or electrocute your stars. You know what I mean, by having the light falling into the tub" -GK This is a dream-portrait of George Kuchar, traveling through snow confetti, strobe flashes and artificial wind as he describes his weather diaries. And then George joins Janet Leigh in the shower. Wearing a red raincoat and a shower cap, reading comic books and blowing bubbles, he laughingly describes his bathing rituals and the making of his film, Hold Me While I'm Naked.

Eat My Makeup!  (2005; 16mm, color, sound, 6 min.)
w/ George Kuchar, Marie Losier, Jason Livingston, Paul Shepard.
Five winsome damselspicnic on the roof of a warehouse in charming Long Island City, a forest of skyscrapers gleaming across the river. But when a swarm of flies interrupts their feast of chocolate-covered pretzels and cream-pies, the young ladies run amok.

The Ontological Cowboy (2005; 16mm, b&w/color, sound, 16 min.)
w/ Richard Foreman, Juliana Francis, Tom Ryder Smith and JaySmith."The theater is about sex." At least according to Richard Foreman, the father of the Ontological Hysterical Theater. The Ontological Cowboy documents Foreman's invocation of the "manifest destiny" of the avant-garde theater, King Cowboy Rufus strolling down off San Juan Hill with a sigh, waving his handkerchief. Foreman plays himself, and the cast pantomimes his preoccupations. If "the cast and crew suffer alike," it's all for a good cause: the violent rebirth of the American theater, with Foreman as its midwife.

Cet Air La (February 2010, 16mm, 3 min, B & W.)
With April March and Julien Gasc.
Cet Air la is a famous french song from 1963, sung live by NY singer April March in acapela with Julien Gasc. The couple is singing while flying over a superimposed 16mm projection of a stop motion animation of a series of clouds, birds, bubbles, smoke machines and glittersthe song has the texture of a dream.
Part of Residency Unlimited Project

Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist (2008, 16mm, color, 25 min.)
The latest in Marie Losier's ongoing series of film portraits of avant-garde directors (George and Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman), DreaMinimalist offers an insightful and hilarious encounter with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his association with Jack Smith.

Papal Broken-Dance (2009, super 8 & Video, Color, 6 min.)
Music video Papal Breakdance by PTV3-Genesis P-Orridge
With Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and many friends.
A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ringall the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.

Snowbeard  (2008, 16mm, b/w, 3 min.)
Losier's poignant short film offers a moving tribute to New York icon Mike Kuchar, filmed on his last day before leaving Manhattan to relocate to San Francisco.

Slap the Gondola! (Nov 2010, 16mm, 15min, color, screened on video.)
With Tony Conrad, Genesis P-Orridge and April March
Musical with music, musicians, muses and fishes. On a giant ferry, two mermaids play violins to lure the fish  when suddenly a giant fish lands on board, joined by thirty dancers and a great singer April March. A fish fight musical ensues.  Commissioned by Arsenal  Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. for "LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World" (Berlin, 2009)  / Funded by:  Hauptstadtkulturfonds
"What a brilliant explosion of brilliance! Brilliant colors! Brilliant music! Brilliant costumes! Brilliant casting! I shall cherish this masterpiece forever!" Guy Maddin- Nov. 2010.

This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.   Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2010 is our 34th year.
Memberships available, $60 single or $95 dual
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The Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
United States


Film > Movies

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Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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