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Alarms from the 60s: Experiments in Political Expression
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Alarms from the 60s: Experiments in Political Expression
Sunday November 20, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Alarms from the 60s: Experiments in Political Expression
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Screening 8

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

In person: Stanton Kaye, Bruce Lane, ,Bill Norton, Penelope Spheeris (Schedules permitting)

Info: www.lafilmforum.org and alternativeprojections.com

Independent filmmakers have often used the medium as a way to comment on the political and social issues of the day.  The growing counterculture of the 1960s with its activist and rebellious youth truly saw a great expansion in political work, often didactic or straightforward documentaries.  But some filmmakers took the form and the commentary in new directions.

Stanton Kaye's legendary, award-winning Georg (1964) is an affecting, formally inventive narrative that follows a German émigré in America seeking to escape the encroaching militarism that threatens his family's existence. The film unfolds as a series of diaristic sequences supposedly assembled after the protagonist's death, as a found audiovisual document, a formal approach that was a great influence on Jim McBride's David Holzman's Diary, and countless other films that followed.

In counterpoint to Kaye's experimental verité-fiction, Bruce Lane's distilled, three-minute epic unc. (1966) crystallizes a whole generation's paranoia and disgust at old-fashioned American militarism and patriotism.  Bill Norton's hilarious and unnerving Coming Soon (1966) uses the form of a WWII Hollywood movie trailer to dissect the absurdity and inhumanity of the War in Vietnam.  Christina Hornisher's controversial and intense And On The Sixth Day (1966) cuts harshly to the bone of man's inhumanity to man in 1960s America.  And Penelope Spheeris brilliantly and soberly suggests the inevitable next step in the government's intensifying lockdown on free expression and socio-political dissension in The National Rehabilitation Center (1969), an early mockumentary that at the time was responding to the Macarran Act but that has disturbing connections to the present issues raised by the Patriot Act and political imprisonment.

Coming Soon (1966, 16mm, color, sound, 5min.)
Directed by Bill Norton

The National Rehabilitation Center (1969, 16mm, b/w, sound, 12min.)
Directed by Penelope Spheeris

unc. (1966, 16mm, color, sound, 3min.)
Directed by Bruce Lane
Preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

And On The Sixth Day (1966, 16mm, b/w, sound, 6min.)
Directed by Christina Hornisher

Georg (1964, 16mm, b/w, sound, 50min.)
Directed by Stanton Kaye
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.

Primary funding for Alternative Projections was provided by the Getty Foundation, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  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:
Dec 3 - Alternative Projections: Wallace Berman's Underground (at the Armory Center for the Arts)
Dec 4, 2:00 pm - Alternative Projections: Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema (at the Downtown Independent)
Dec 11 - Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour - the 16mm show

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
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


Film > Movies
Other > Political

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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