Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The screening also serves as a book launch for a volume of the same title.
The Images Festival of Independent Film & Video officially begins tomorrow and continues to April 9.
The Free Screen: Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
Presented by TIFF Cinematheque and the Images Festival.
San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area offer an astonishing landscape that combines shifting and surprising natural visual qualities with a teeming urban culture. Crystalline light, undulating hills, mesmerizing fog, and a rugged shoreline captivate and become expressive parts of life. The area is a magnet for wanderers and those seeking something new and unexpected. Filmmakers, fascinated by the phenomena and energy of the place, have been drawn here almost since the inception of the medium. Tonight’s program explores and reflects the wonder of this urban landscape, and includes A Trip Down Market Street , a time capsule that also presents a different consciousness than experienced on movie screens today; Dion Vigne’s ebullient North Beach , which revels in the colours and rhythms of Beat-era North Beach; and Chris Marker’s Junkopia , a contemplation of renegade sculptures erected offshore between cities. Michael Glawogger’s Street Noise tours Oakland’s San Pablo Avenue while Ernie Gehr’s Side/Walk/Shuttle provides a startling experience of San Francisco’s unpredictable skyline. Films by Lawrence Jordan, Bruce Baillie, Scott Stark, and Lynn Marie Kirby further explore the Bay Area’s cinematic character. —Steve Anker
This screening will be introduced by Kathy Geritz, co-curator of Radical Light , and will be followed by a book launch for Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000.
In conjunction with the publication of the Pacific Film Archive’s first book, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, edited by Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, BAM/PFA is presenting a film and video touring series exploring the themes, movements and rich historical chronology of alternative film and video in the Bay Area. The Free Screen and the Images Festival are delighted to co-present Landscape as Expression as the Toronto launch for the series and its indispensable catalogue. Look for more Radical Light in the Spring. The series is curated by Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz, and Steve Seid.
dirs. Miles Brothers | USA 1906 | 12 min | Silent | 35mm
dir. Dion Vigne | USA 1958 | 5 min | 16mm
Visions of a City
dir. Lawrence Jordan | USA 1957-78 | 8 min
All My Life
dir.Bruce Baillie | USA 1966 | 3 min
Golden Gate Bridge Exposure: Poised for Parabolas
dir.Lynn Marie Kirby | USA 2004 | 5 min. | Silent | Digital Video
dir. Chris Marker | USA 1981 | 6 min. | 35mm
dir. Michael Glawogger | USA 1981 | 9 min. | 16mm
Degrees of Limitation
dir. Scott Stark | USA 1982 | 3 min. | Silent |16mm
dir. Ernie Gehr | USA 1991 | 41 min. | 16mm
Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area Book, Film and Video Tour was curated by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, Film and Video Curators at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacitific Film Archive, and Steve Anker, Dean of the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts. The tour is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the William H. Donner Foundation.