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Distributing the Avant-Garde: The Creative Film Society
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Distributing the Avant-Garde: The Creative Film Society
Sunday October 30, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Distributing the Avant-Garde: The Creative Film Society
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Screening 5

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

Info: www.lafilmforum.org and alternativeprojections.com
Tickets: FREE for all, but please make a reservation at Brown Paper Tickets:

Note that reserved tickets will be held ONLY UNTIL 7:20 pm, at which time they will be released for people who are present at the theater.

Film historian Anthony Slide, while writing an appraisal letter for the film collection of late 1960's film distributor Creative Film Society, stated that "Any student researching the rise of the independent and experimental American film in the 1960s and 1970s would find this collection invaluable, and it is unlikely that a collection of this scope exists elsewhere. It is in many ways a tribute to a filmmaking experience that has disappeared."  

The Creative Film Society (CFS) was founded in 1957 by Robert Pike, with the intention of "consolidating the efforts of the individual West Coast film artists in terms of aiding closer communication of ideas, films and equipment, as well as distributing the finished works of the members." The CFS was one of the key distribution organizations of the Los Angeles avant-garde film movement in its time. According to David James, CFS played "a major role in publicizing experimental film and in bringing the Los Angeles avant-garde film communities together," and helped lay the groundwork for later organizations like the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis and Los Angeles Filmforum.

Tonight we feature selections from the CFS collection, a mix of visionary student work, rarities and canonical films.  

Special Thanks to Angie Pike, The IotaCenter, the Academy Film Archive, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive

In person: Angie Pike (schedule permitting)

Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 will feature 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, Amy Halpern, and more.

Screening (Program subject to change)

Gumbasia, by Art Clokey (1955, 16mm, color, 3min.)

Furies, by Sara Petty (1977, 35mm (orig. 16mm), color, sound, 3min.)
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Carnival, by Donald Bevis, Jim May, Herb Bertel (ca.1955, 16mm, color, sound, 8min.) (restored print from the Academy Film Archive)

The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam, by Dale Case & Robert Mitchell (1970, 35mm, color, sound, 12min.)
Restored print from the Academy Film Archive

One Hundred and Eight Movements, by Peggy Wolff (1973, 16mm, color, sound, 7 min.)
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

The Unicycle Race, by Robert Swarthe (1966, 35mm, color, sound, 7.5min.)
Restored print from the Academy Film Archive

Microsecond, by Dan McLaughlin (1970, 16mm, color, 5min.)
Print courtesy of Dan McLaughlin

The Towers, by William Hale (1955, 16mm, color, 13min.)
Restored print from the Academy Film Archive

Mobile Static, by Helmut Schultz (1969, 16mm, color, 6min.)
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

The Critic, by Ernie Pintoff (1963, 35mm, color, sound, 4min.)
Restored print from Sony Pictures Entertainment/Academy Film Archive)

Waiting, by Flora Mock (1952, 16mm, color, sound, 12min.)
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Wu Ming, by James Whitney (1977, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 17min.)
Print courtesy of the iotaCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive

total: 97.5min.
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.

Note that the Egyptian no longer validates for the Hollywood & Highland parking, although that may still be your best bet for parking.  You'll have to get validation in the Hollywood & Highland complex though.  There is also street parking, some $5 lots, and the Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Nov 11  ASCO Celebration (at LACMA)
Nov 13 - Doin' It on Tape: Video from the Woman's Building, a Collaboration with Otis College of Art and Design (at the Egyptian)

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2011 is our 36th year
Memberships available, $60 single or $95 dual
Contact us at lafilmforum@yahoo.com.  www.lafilmforum.org
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States



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