Hello everybody, there are quite a few “screenings of note” coming up at the Anthology Film Archives in the next few weeks so I thought I’d post some of their screening calendar.
Saturday May 10
NEW YORK’S HIDDEN NOISE – STEPHEN VITIELLO & ALVIN LUCIER IN PERSON!
In 2011, Independent Curators International (ICI) organized the sound exhibition WITH HIDDEN NOISE featuring artists Andrea Parkins, Jennie C. Jones, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Peters, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree, Michael J. Schumacher, and the show’s guest curator, multi-media artist Stephen Vitiello. Having debuted at the Aspen Art Museum and subsequently traveled to Monash University in Victoria, Australia, the exhibition will be on view this spring and summer at New York’s Wave Hill, The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. On this occasion, a crucial moment for sound in art finally entering art institutions, ICI joins Anthology to present a one night event that explores the origins of experimental sound and the radical ways artists have worked outside the mainstream.
Curated by Stephen Vitiello and Alaina Claire Feldman, Exhibitions Manager at ICI, this program features Michael Blackwood’s ultra-rare documentary NEW MUSIC: SOUNDS AND VOICES FROM THE AVANT-GARDE, back-to-back with John Sanborn and Kit Fitzgerald’s re: SOUNDINGS. The evening concludes with a live conversation between Vitiello and special guest Alvin Lucier!
NEW MUSIC: SOUNDS AND VOICES FROM THE AVANT-GARDE
1971, 51 min, 16mm-to-digital
Arts documentarian Michael Blackwood has made dozens of insightful portraits of artists since the mid-1960s, and this particular film was made for and only broadcast on West German television. Featuring a jaw-dropping array of notables (including John Cage, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, David Behrman, Max Neuhaus, Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass, among many others) this piece is, in retrospect, an incredible time capsule from a seminal moment in the development of sound art and truly new music.
John Sanborn & Kit Fitzgerald
1983, 65 min, video
Sanborn and Fitzgerald were proto-MTV video artists who brought a visual new-wave energy to the frontiers of experimental music. Inspired by the exhibition SOUNDINGS at the Neuberger Museum located at Purchase College, re: SOUNDINGS is a highly energetic piece featuring appearances and sounds by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, Liz Phillips, John Driscoll, Max Neuhaus, Doug Hollis, Meredith Monk, Vito Acconci, and Laurie Anderson.
Sunday May 18th
THE VANISHING CITY
by Jen Senko & Fiore DeRosa
2009, 55 min, digital video
This screening is part of: FROM MAE WEST TO PUNK: THE BOWERY ON FILM
FILMMAKERS IN PERSON!
Told through the eyes of city planners, developers, politicians, small business owners, landlords, and tenants, this documentary exposes and explains the policies and economic philosophy behind New York’s finance-dominated economy, the concentration of wealth, and the process that has jeopardized the social fabric and neighborhoods that have always made New York unique.
Saturday June 14: Charlie Chaplin Program
CHARLES CHAPLIN PGM 1
A WOMAN (1915, 20 min, 16mm, b&w)
EASY STREET (1917, 19 min, 16mm, b&w)
A DOG’S LIFE (1918, 33 min, 35mm, b&w)
Total running time: ca. 75 min.
CHARLES CHAPLIN PGM 2
SHOULDER ARMS (1918, 37 min, 35mm, b&w)
SUNNYSIDE (1919, 30 min, 35mm, b&w)
A DAY’S PLEASURE (1919, 19 min, 35mm, b&w)
Total running time: ca. 90 min.
CHARLES CHAPLIN PGM 3
THE IDLE CLASS (1921, 32 min, 35mm, b&w)
THE PILGRIM (1923, 41 min, 35mm, b&w)
Total running time: ca. 80 min.
Sunday, June 15
THE GOLD RUSH
by Charles Chaplin
1925/1942, 72 min, 35mm, b&w
One of the most celebrated and beloved of all silent films, THE GOLD RUSH features Chaplin’s most distinctive alter-ego, the little tramp, as he wins fortune and love in the Yukon. Filled with impressive sight gags and heartrending pathos, the film deserves its reputation as one of the touchstones of modern comedy. This version features Chaplin’s own music and poetic narration, added for his 1942 reissue.
by Charles Chaplin
1928, 72 min, 35mm, b&w, silent
“One of the loveliest screen experiences! Perhaps the quintessential Chaplin film!” –Vincent Canby, NEW YORK TIMES
When we first meet Chaplin’s Tramp in this comic gem, he’s in typical straits: broke, hungry, destined to fall in love and just as sure to lose the girl. Mistaken for a pickpocket and pursued by a peace officer into a circus tent, the Tramp becomes a star when delighted patrons think his escape from John Law is an act.
Sunday, June 22:
WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?
by Massimo Dallamano
1974, 96 min, 35mm
This screening is part of: THE ITALIAN CONNECTION: POLIZIOTTESCHI AND OTHER ITALO-CRIME FILMS OF THE 1960s AND 70s
(LA POLIZIA CHIEDE AIUTO)
With Giovanna Ralli and Mario Adorf.
When a young girl is found dead by hanging, the police find themselves on the trail of a motorcycle killer. What they uncover is a truth far more sinister and inconvenient. A perfect blend of police procedural and suspenseful giallo, this is the second installment in the ‘school girls in peril’ trilogy by Dallamano (who was formerly Sergio Leone’s cinematographer). Released in the U.S. as COED MURDERS, this socially relevant thriller is graced by a terrifically catchy score by Stelvio Cipriani.
Visit the official Anthology Film Archives website for pertinent information.