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China Girls
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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China Girls
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
China Girls

With curator Genevieve Yue, and filmmakers in person!

Co-sponsored by the Orphans Film Project

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

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

As a follow-up to the marvelous Orphan Film Symposium, taking place May 10 & 11 at the Academy Film Archive, Filmforum hosts a show on the China girl, curated by our former associate programmer Genevieve Yue!

The various faces of the "China girl", sometimes called a "China doll" or "girl head", have appeared in more films than any actress, though she is almost never seen, save for the fleeting glimpses an audience might catch at the end of a film reel. These images of a woman, demurely positioned next to color swatches, have appeared on the leader of every commercial manufactured film since the late 1920s and continue in limited use today. The China girl image is instrumental in determining exposure, image density, and color balance, forming a kind of cinematic unconscious. Her essential but often overlooked role in film history has also made her a compelling subject for experimental filmmakers variously examining issues of celluloid materiality, the behind-the-scenes workings of the film industry, and the often marginal role of women. In some cases, the China girl is no less than the enigmatic icon of a vanishing medium.

A selection of films will be introduced by curator Genevieve Yue. This program is co-sponsored by the Orphan Film Project.


Film in Which There Appear Sprocket Holes, Edge Lettering, Dirt Particles, Etc. (1965-66, 16mm, color, silent, 4 min.)
by Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow)
This film takes the view that certain defining characteristics of the medium, such as those mentioned in the title, are visually "worthy". For this reason it is especially recommended. - G.L.
"The richest frame I have seen in any film when you take into consideration all movements lines the beautiful whites, and reds and blacks... The kinetic and visual experienced produced by Landow's film is even more difficult to describe... There is humour in it (the blink); there is clear Mozart -(Mondrian)- like sense of form..." - Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice, July 1975.

Standard Gauge (1984, 16mm, color, sound, 35 min)
by Morgan Fisher
"One long piece of 16, many short pieces of 35; found footage, not vivified by projection but presented as a succession of objects; partly an autobiography, partly a history of a technological artifact and the institution of which it is the foundation, the commercial motion picture industry." --M. F.

China Girls (2006, 16mm, color, sound, 3 min.)
by Michelle Silva

To the Happy Few (2003, 16mm, color, sound, 5 min.)
by Thomas Draschan and Stella Friedrichs
" a punchy, satirical ride that mixed food, sex, and violence in perverse Kuleshevian suggestions, all with great comedic timing. To the Happy Few is a found footage film, a kind of film pioneered by the Austrian avant-garde in the '80s and '90s, and a great example of film giving birth to itself in hybrid, mutated forms." -- Genevieve Yue, Senses of Cinema

MM (1996, 16mm, color, sound, 8 min.)
by Timoleon Wilkins
"a meditation on his  birth and death and that of film."

Releasing Human Energies (2012, 16mm, color, sound, 5.5 min.)
by Mark Toscano
A film about control. A refinement of energy for purposes of conserving resources, materials, impetus, potential, so they might all be narrowly channeled toward an unquestioned goal of maximum profit with minimum waste. Capitalism, in this example, as a process of understanding how to make use of someone as efficiently as possible to get the most out of them that is desired. Instructions for keeping people on task.

TRT: 60 minutes
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2013 is our 38th year
Memberships available, $70 single, $105 dual, or $50 single student
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


Arts > Visual
Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
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