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The L.A. Rebellion: Boundary-Breaking Shorts
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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The L.A. Rebellion: Boundary-Breaking Shorts
Sunday March 11, 2012, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
The L.A. Rebellion  Boundary-Breaking Shorts
Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, Screening 21

Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

The early 1970s was a very important time for people of color artist/filmmakers at UCLA.   After the arrival of future MacArthur Grant winner Charles Burnett in 1967 and Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima the following year, there emerged a significant black independent movement.  The students develop a fecund, cosmopolitan and politically engaged movement that came to be unofficially known, as essayist Ntongela Masilela dubbed, the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers or "LA REBELLION".

The first wave of these filmmakers also included Larry Clark, John Reir, Ben Caldwell, Pamela Jones,Carol Blue, Abdosh Abdulhafiz  Tommy Wright, Barbara-O, Charles David Brooks III, Jamaa Fanaka.  The second continued the remarkable cinematic work with  Julie Dash, Sharon Larkin, Barbara McCullough, Bernard Nicolas, Billy Woodberry, Jacqueline Frazier, Adisa Anderson, and Zeinabu irene Davis.   The program includes some of the short films by these makers pursuing less conventional modes of storytelling.

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Curated by Ben Caldwell and Adam Hyman

Special thanks to the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Chris Horak, Shannon Kelley, Allyson Field, and Jacqueline Stewart for their L.A. Rebellion retrospective, restorations, and notes.

Info: alternativeprojections.com
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members

Screening (Subject to change):

Hour Glass (Haile Gerima, 1971, Digital video, b/w & color, 14 min.)
A young African-American male rethinks his role as a basketball player for the white establishment as he reads the works of Third World theoreticians, such as Franz Fanon, in  Haile Gerima's "Project One" film.  Chris Horak

A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan, by Jamaa Fanaka (as Walt Gordon)(1972, Digital video, transferred from 16mm blow-up from 8mm, color, 20 min.)
Jamaa Fanaka's first project is an adaption of Goethe's Faust, superimposed over a remake of Super Fly. A morality tale in two reels.  Chris Horak

Medea, by Ben Caldwell (1973, Digital video, transferred from 16mm, color, 7 min.)
Made as Ben Caldwell's first project at UCLA, Medea is a collage film that explores the information that permeates into a child before it is born.  Allyson Field

Four Women, by Julie Dash (1975, 16mm, color, 7 min.)
Dancer Linda Martina Young portrays the four Black women described in Julie Dash's dance film set to Nina Simone's stirring ballad. - Jacqueline Stewart

Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, by Barbara McCullough (1979, 35mm, color, 6 min.)
In collaboration with performer Yolanda Vidato, Barbara McCullough presents a Black woman's attempt to expel the putrefaction she has absorbed from her blighted urban environment, while symbolically cleansing the environment itself.  Jacqueline Stewart

Daydream Therapy, by Bernard Nicolas (1977, Digital video, transferred from 16mm, b/w & color, 8 min.)
Daydream Therapy is set to Nina Simone's haunting rendition of "Pirate Jenny" and poetically envisions the fantasy life of a hotel worker whose daydreamsprovide an escape from workplace indignities.  Allyson Field

I&I: An African Allegory, by Ben Caldwell (1979, Digital video, transferred from 16mm, color, 32 min.)
Weaving experimental, dramatic and documentary styles, Ben Caldwell's I & I is a moving meditation on reciprocity.  Allyson Field

The Horse  by Charles Burnett (1973, 16mm, 14 min)
Charles Burnett employs a sparse lyricism in this haunting coming-of-age tale about an African American boy tending to a horse that is to be put down.
The Horse is a visually romantic and eloquent  film.Dawn Spinella
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 Rani Singh, Jerri Allyn, David James, Christine Panushka, Terry Cannon, Ben Caldwell, Stephanie Sapienza, Amy Halpern, and more.

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 and Metabolic Studio.   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:
March 16  
March 17 -
March 18 -
April 1 -

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2012 is our 37th year
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States


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