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Dream States: The avant-garde of the 1940s and 1950s
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Dream States: The avant-garde of the 1940s and 1950s
Sunday October 9, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Dream States: The avant-garde of the 1940s and 1950s
Alternative projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Screening 1

At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028

Info: www.lafilmforum.org
Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members
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Los Angeles Filmforum is pleased to launch our film screening series Alternative projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, which will include over 24 shows between now and May 2012. Alternative Projections is Filmforum's exploration of the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental film and video in Southern California in the postwar era.  Film series curated by Adam Hyman and Mark Toscano, with additional contributions by David James, Christine Panushka, Terry Cannon, Ben Caldwell, Stephanie Sapienza, and more.

Alternative Projections is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945  1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. We've been working on this for two years now, including our symposium last November.  Simultaneous with the start of the screening series we are launching a website at alternativeprojections.com containing oral histories, articles, and a searchable database with individuals, films, organizations, and exhibitions, and archival content. This will be the first database of its kind and will give scholars and the public a much richer understanding of art production in Los Angeles for years to come.

Dream States: The avant-garde of the 1940s and 1950s
The state of the art after WWII.  Films made and screened during the post-war years, often invoking dream states and elements of Surrealism

Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren (1943, 16mm, b/w, 14min.)

Juliet by Man Ray (ca.1940, 16mm?, silent, 3.5min.)

Salvador Dali sequence from Hitchcock's Spellbound by Alfred Hitchcock/Salvador Dali (1945, 3 min excerpt)

Fireworks by Kenneth Anger (1947, 35mm, b/w, sound, 15min.)
Restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

On the Edge by Curtis Harrington (1949/2003, 16mm, b/w, sound, 6min.)
Restored print from the Academy Film Archive

Psyche (Du sang, de la volupté et de la mort, part 1) by Gregory Markopoulos
(1947, 16mm, color, sound, 25min.)
Print courtesy of the Temenos

House of Cards by Joseph Vogel (1947, 16mm, b/w, sound, 16min.)
Print from the Rohauer collection

Zone Moment by Stan Brakhage (1956, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 3min.)
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

What is a Man? By Sara Kathryn Arledge (1958, 16mm, color, sound, 9min.)
Print from Canyon Cinema
"Imagery and dialogue stimulated by Finnegan's Wake. It is a satire with undertones of the cosmic spirit." - -- Sara Kathryn Arledge
Sara Kathryn Arledge (1911-1998) is one of the undeservedly neglected figures in the American experimental cinema. Although her two major works, INTROSPECTION and WHAT IS A MAN?, were completed in 1946 and 1958, respectively, neither was screened with any frequency until the late 1970s. In his book The Exploding Eye, Wheeler Winston Dixon has written, "Along with Maya Deren and Marie Menken, Sara Kathryn Arledge is one of the foremothers of the American experimental cinema, who worked tirelessly to perfect her art during the span of several decades when she was one of the few practitioners of independent cinema."

WHAT IS A MAN?, her second film, is a series of vignettes which ponder the "alienation" of modern man and woman. Completed shortly after Arledge's release from Napa State Hospital, where she had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had undergone numerous electroshock treatments, WHAT IS A MAN? offers a fascinating glimpse into the filmmaker's psyche.

Total - 94 min.

Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.  Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:

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.
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


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